My daughters were always enthralled when we came upon Forget-Me-Knots, a flower that is believed to have been named in the 1500s when a blue flower was worn to retain a lover's affections. There is a sad story that claims a young couple were walking along when the woman commented on the beauty of the flower growing down the steep slope near the river. When her sweetheart attempted to retrieve the flowers he fell into the river calling out to her as he fell, asking her to 'forget me not'.
It has been used in salves and lotions used as eye remedies and ground into powder it was used on wounds. At one time the juices in the leaves were used to stop nose bleeds. It is apparently toxic but has also been used in very small amounts in salads and on scorpion bites though there is no evidence that it is effective.
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