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Has been used as a tea for fevers.
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A tincture made from the whole fresh plant has been used in homeopathy for Clergyman's sore throat and uterine displacement.
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Other use

Used in essential oils.


Heliotropium species contain heliotrine, a pyrrolizidine alkaloid, which is both carcinogenic and genotoxic. In male rats, increase in pancreatic islet cell tumours, transitory cell papillomas of the urinary bladder, intestinal testicular tumours. DNA_adduct formation and chromosomal abberations in vivo and in vitro, indicating genotoxicity.
van den Berg, S.J.P.L., Restani, et al., P.. (2011). Levels of Genotoxic and Carcinogenic Compounds in Plant Food Supplements and Associated Risk Assessment. Food and Nutrition Science 2: 989-1010. link

Poisonous seeds.
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Heliotropium arborescens L. 'Marine'

Genus: Heliotropium
Species: arborescens L.
Cultivar: 'Marine'
Distribution summary: Peru
Habit: Annual
Hardiness: H1c - Heated greenhouse; warm temperate
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Plants in pots (POT)
Flowering months: May, June, July, August, September
Reason for growing: Medicinal, toxic

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