The bitter-tasting herb known as bugleweed (or water horehound) has been prescribed by herbalists for ailments that include a hyperactive thyroid, sedative, bleeding from the lungs, and lung health. Various phenolic acid compounds within the herb like caffeic, rosmarinic, chiorogenic and ellagic acids contribute to the sedative, antiinflammatory, astringent, and antitussive qualties of the herb.
General Herb Information
Bugleweed - Carpet Bugle-Weed (Ajuga reptans).
Propagation: By seed, easy germination; by root division in spring or fall.
Nature of Plant: Spreads rapidly by creeping runners; makes a beautiful ground cover for shady spot, rock gardens, edging for flower borders.
Spacing of Mature Plants: 12 inches; eventually they will run together.
Cultural Requirements: Grows in sun or shade, in moist or dry soil.
Whole Herb: (Health) Tonic tea for coughs, helps circulation, mild narcotic, resembles digitalis in its action.
Dosage: Of coughs, coldsid extract, take 10-30 drops three times daily; of the whole herb, make an infusion of 1 ounce to 1 pint of boiling water. Take 1 cupful three times daily.
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Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 tea bag for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the pot, cover and let steep for 2-4 minutes. Pour into your cup; add milk and sugar to taste.
Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 5 tea bags into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea itself. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into the serving pitcher straining the tea bags. Add ice and top-up with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste.
Not recommended if you are pregnant or lactating.
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