Bugleweed (Lycopus virginicus) is an above-ground plant belonging to the mint family and is closely related to a European herb known as gypsywort. It has elongated leaves that are purple in color and then turn green as they unfold. This bitter, pungent tasting, aromatic herb, with astringent properties has small flowers that are in spikes and white in color with purple spots.
Studies revealed that this medicinal plant is a natural source of phytochemical compounds, including various lycopene, flavonoid glycosides, tannins, lithospermic acid, phenolic derivatives such as caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, ellagic and rosmarinic acid, essential oil, magnesium; and resin.
Below are some of the known uses of Bugleweed:
For Thyroid Condition
Bugleweed contains compounds—called rosmarinic acid, lithospermic, and chlorogenic acids— which may exert an anti-thyroid effect in those with hyperthyroidism. It has been used medicinally for hyperthyroid-like symptoms, including anxiety, insomnia, heart palpitations, and tachycardia (fast heart rate), chest tightness, and tremor. The extract of whole Bugleweed may calm excessive thyroid stimulation in Grave’s disease and other thyroid disorders.
For this benefit, simply steep one to two teaspoons of bugleweed leaves into a cup of hot water for 10 minutes. Strain and drink once per day for two to three weeks. (Always remember to ask the supervision of a physician or other health care provider before taking the herbal supplement).
Want to have a continuous and restful sleep at night? Bugleweed may help. It interacts with our hormones in the body thereby helping to balance our Circadian rhythms and promote healthy rest.
Bugleweed extract contains anti-inflammatory compounds that are beneficial in relieving respiratory distress such as shortness of breath, sore throats, and excessive coughing. It works by eliminating irritation and calming the respiratory tract as well as expelling phlegm and mucus where bacteria develop.
Relieves Menstrual Cramps
Women suffering from intense premenstrual disorders may benefit from this weed. The plant can help improve the flow of blood thus easing anxiety, tension, and stress associated with PMS. Having an infusion of Bugleweed may help regulate menstruation and ease cramps.
The powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of the compounds present in the plant can encourage quick healing of small cut or abrasion by promoting cell growth, preventing infections, and reducing pain and inflammation. Simply apply bugleweed leaf extract on the wound for this benefit.
Other Traditional Uses Of Bugleweed
- Treats fevers and mouth ulcers
- Stops bleeding
- Treats symptoms of alcohol withdrawal such as anxiety and rapid pulse
- Maintains blood pressure levels
- Promotes good digestion.