Ji Gu Chai (Elsholtzia fruticosa)

E. polystachya.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Ji Gu Chai
Elsholtzia fruticosa

The highly aromatic foliage is used in pot-pourri[200]. The powdered plant is used for incense[272].

  • Medicinal Use

    One report says that the plant is used medicinally, but gives no more information[266].

    The juice of the roots is used to relieve headaches[272].

  • Edible Use

    The powdered seeds are used as a condiment for flavouring foodstuffs[272].

    An edible oil is obtained from the seed[272].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a greenhouse or cold frame[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division in spring.
Grows well on woodland margins[200]. This species is a sub-shrub, the woody stems often dying back to the base in severe winters[200].
E. Asia – China, Nepal.

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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.