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The name Gratiola is a diminutive of the Latin word gratia, meaning grace
English: Herb of Grace
Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Lamiidae / Tubiflorae; Scrophulariales; Scrophulariaceae - Snapdragon Family
Allen: Cyclopoedia, V. 4. Cyclop. Drug Path., V. 2. Hering: Guid. symptoms, V. 5. Jahr: Symp. Codex.
Hartl. u Trinks: Mat. Med., V. 2.
Herrmann: Archiv Hom. Heilk., V. 17, pt. 2, p. 165.
Lembke: Neue Zeit. hom. Klinik, V. 17, p. 97.
Wibmer: Die Arzneimittel, V. 2.
Description of the substance
Botanical Source and History.—The genus Gratiola is composed of small herbs less than a foot high, and found growing in low, damp situations. They all possess bitter properties and cattle refuse to eat them. They have opposite, sessile leaves and small axillary flowers. The calyx is sub-equally 5-parted, and the corolla tubular and bilabiate. The stamens are 2, and there are often 2 or 3 sterile filaments. The fruit is a dry, many-seeded, 2-celled capsule opening by 4 valves.
Gratiola officinalis, Linné, is a native of Europe, and has a smooth, 4-angled stem, and lanceolate, 3 or 5-nerved leaves. The corolla is pale-yellow, and striped with light-purple. The calyx-lobes are often 7. This species has long been used as a medicine in the south of Europe, and was mentioned by Lewis in his Materia Medica (1761), under the names Gratiola centaurioides, Gratia Dei, hedge-hyssop, and herb of grace.