Scientific Name: Echium vulgare
Other Names: Blue Devil, Blue Echium, Blue Thistle, Blueweed
Parts Used: Whole Plant
Preparation & Dosage:
Herbal Actions: Anti-inflammatory, Antitussive, Aphrodisiac, Demulcent, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Emollient, Expectorant, Pectoral, Vulnerary
Uses: Boils, Bruises, Carbuncles, Common Cold, Dry Cough, Fevers, Headaches, Inflammatory Pains, Lung Disorders, Melancholy, Nervous Complaints, Scorpion Stings, Skin Conditions, Snake/Viper Bites, Soft Tissue Injuries, Sprains, Strains
Contraindications: Do not take internally.
Notes: Wear gloves when handling- Viper’s Bugloss is covered with prickly hairs that can irritate the skin. A red dye can be made from the roots.