Information on Bugleweed

Latin NameLycopus virginicus
Other NamesWater horehound
Part UsedLeaf, Flowers
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsEndocrine system, Cardiovascular system
CautionsContraindicated in pregnancy and hypothyroidism. Consult an experienced herbalist for thyroid enlargement or goiter.
Botanical InfoA small creeping plant of wet areas in the mint family with opposite lance-shaped leaves and small white flowers in whorls.
DescriptionBugleweed has sedative, astringent, and anti-hormonal activity. It is considered sedative and tonic to the heart, helping to calm a fast pulse and benefiting circulation in some cases. Laboratory tests have shown that bugleweed extracts inhibit iodine metabolism, which may explain its effectiveness for hyperthyroidism and Grave's disease.

Bugleweed has a taste of BITTER, AROMATIC and a temperature of WARM.


Infusion1-3 cups daily
Tincture3-4 droppersful, 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Bugleweed

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Pericarditisheart sedative and tonictincture, capsule
Thyroid, hyperthyroid regulatortincture, capsule


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