The health benefits of Bugleweed tea are quite known in the field of modern alternative medicine as being effective against thyroid problems, as well as breast pain.
Bugleweed is a low-growing flowering plant belonging to the mint family. Also known as lycopus virginicus or sweet bugle, the bugleweed typically grows in marshlands and is native to Europe.
The bugleweed possesses oval-shaped leaves that shine and resemble spinach leaves. Bugleweed flowers grow in clusters and have colors ranging from white to pink to blue. Their stems connect to the leaves of the plant.
Bugleweed has a fresh, mild, mint-like aroma and contains such compounds as glycosides, organic acids, volatile oils, lithospermic acid and tannins. The above-ground parts of the bugleweed such as the leaves and flowers are used for medicinal purposes.
Bugleweed tea is made by adding one teaspoonful of dried bugleweed herbs to a cup of boiling water. This mixture is then allowed to steep for 10-15 minutes. Bugleweed tea may be taken three times a day. Aside from tea, bugleweed can also be applied topically either as tincture or as poultice.
The following are the health benefits associated with Bugleweed tea:
- May be helpful in the overall efforts to treat hyperthyroidism. However, it is necessary for people with this ailment to consult with their physicians before taking bugleweed tea.
- May be helpful in alleviating cyclic breast pain in women by moderating estrogen levels. Consultation with qualified medical practitioners is recommended before taking this.
- May help sedate and calm the nerves.
- May help in suppressing cough and fighting tuberculosis and other disorders of the lungs.
- May help in moderating a rapid heart rate.
- May help in removing excess fluid in the body and promoting better circulation.
- May be applied topically to help in accelerating the healing of bruises and other wounds.