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Bugleweed is in the Lamiaceae (mint) family and is native to north-western Africa, Europe, western Asia and is now native to North America. Both Bugleweed and its European cousin, Gypsywort (Lycopus europaeus), grow in very wet areas.
Other common names for Bugleweed include Ajuga, Ashangee, Chanvre D’eau, Green Wolf’s Foot, Gypsy Weed, Hoarhound, Menta de Lobo, Paul’s Betony, Sweet Bugle and Water Bugle.
It has a long history of use to help with wounds and has been used in ointments and medicated oils. Historically, Bugleweed and related species were used to treat coughs and as a sedative; and now commonly used today by herbalist to treat thyroid problems (such as Grave’s disease).
Bugleweed is a bitter, pungent tasting, aromatic herb with astringent properties. It has an affinity towards the cardiovascular system, kidneys, nervous system, lungs and endocrine system.
For nervous system support combine Bugleweed with Skullcap, Valerian or California Poppy. For lung support combine Bugleweed with White Horehound, Wild cherry Bark or Borage.
How to use:
1 teaspoon of Bugleweed to one cup of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.
Cautions & contraindications:
Bugleweed is possibly safe for most people, but thyroid disease should not be self-treated due to possible complications. Long-term use of Bugleweed can cause an enlarged thyroid gland.
If you are already taking sedatives, this could be complicated by Bugleweed’s sedative properties. Bugleweed may interfere with blood glucose medication; it is contraindicated in patients with diabetes or hypoglycemia. People with endocrine disorders such as hypopituitarism, pituitary adenoma or hypogonadism should not take it.
Always check with a professional healthcare practitioner when using Bugleweed for the thyroid or other endocrine system imbalances.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider before the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.