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Bugleweed (Lycopus lucidus)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Lycopus lucidus

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The plant is cardiotonic, weakly diuretic and hepatic[147, 176, 279]. It is said to stimulate the blood circulation, break up clots, and soothe the liver[147, 176, 279]. A decoction is used in the treatment of abdominal distension, abscesses, menstrual pain, painful injuries, incontinence and various other ailments[218, 238, 279]. The plant is harvested as it comes into flower and is dried for later use.

  • Edible Use

    Root – cooked[46, 61]. An emergency food, it is only used when all else fails[177, 179].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring or autumn in a cold frame[238]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for their first year. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Division in spring or autumn[238]. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it should succeed outdoors in many parts of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Tolerates most soil types so long as they are wet. Succeeds in damp meadows or in wet places by ponds or streams[200].
E. Asia – China, Japan, Korea.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.