Bugleweed is a perennial plant that comes from the mint family. It is related to European herb known as gypsywort (Lycopus europaeus). The common names for bugleweed are: water horehound, lycopus virginicus, egyptian’s herb, ajuga, lycope, sweet bugle, and some others.
Bugleweed is a rhizomatous herb common to Europe and Asia. The plant prefers marshlands and wetlands and can grow up to 2 feet in height.
The plant blooms during the summer months and September. It produces the fruit from August to October.
The leaves are purple to green. The white with purple spots flowers are small and can self-fertilize.
Bugleweed is a popular component in many medicinal herbal treatments. The leaves and flowers are harvested for therapeutic purposes.
The plant is packed with various photochemical compounds, including tannins, lycopene, lithospermic acid, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, rosmarinic acid, and ellagic acid. It also contains resin and magnesium, flavonoid glycosides and other phytochemical components.
Bugleweed’s medicinal properties can be explained by the presence of lithospermic acid and other organic acids. The plant is widely used in folk medicine for the treatment of tuberculosis, anxiety, heart problems including tachycardia.
In herbal medicine bugleweed is suggested as an alternative treatment for hormone replacement therapy. The components in bugleweed lower the levels of the thyroid-stimulating hormone and thyroxine. Bugleweed can be an effective remedy for hyperthyroidism.
The herb is also commonly applied as a natural treatment for convulsions, nervous system disorders, trouble sleeping and anxiety. The herb works as a natural relaxing agent for depression, stress and fears.
The decoctions from the leaves of bugleweed are applied for wounds, abrasions, bruises.
Respiratory issues like coughs, bronchitis and tuberculosis can be treated with the help of bugleweed teas.
Bugleweed products are indicated for the heart health improvement. Bugleweed plant is suggested as tonic for heart problems, it helps maintain healthy heartbeat and healthy heart function.
Women suffering from heavy bleeding during menstrual periods can use bugleweed teas. The natural products with bugleweed plant improve the flow of blood, reduce pain during menstruation, prevent cramps and ease anxiety.
The teas with bugleweed can be used to lower blood sugar level in people with diabetes. Lots of natural remedies for diabetes management contain this plant as a component for effective control over high levels of blood glucose.
The plant can also reduce body weight, improve metabolism, promote digestion and prevent a person from overeating.
The anti-hypertensive properties of the medicine can be used in keeping high blood pressure under control. Regular consumption of bugleweed teas can help maintain healthy level of blood pressure.
Before using the products with bugleweed it is recommended to visit a doctor for consultation. Use of bugleweed is contraindicated for pregnant women and women who are breast-feeding. People suffering from allergies should not use herbal teas.