Botanical Name: Lycopus virginicus
- English: Water horehound
- Also, known as: Gipsywort, Gypsyweed, Water bugle, Gemeiner Wolfstrapp, Lycope, sweet bugle, Licopo, Carpenter's herb, Green archangel, Purple archangel, Paul's betony, wolf foot, and Egyptian's herb
Harvested: Wild or cultivated
Parts Used: Whole plant
Lycopus virginicus is a very common weed in north America and a perennial herb, grows in well-drained soil. It can grow in full or partial shade. Stems are hairy and quadrangular and 5-25 inch long. Leaves are toothed, opposite and oval to lance-shaped, dark green or purple. White flowers with purple flecks are borne in clusters along the spike. It is slightly aromatic, with a mint-like odor and bitter taste.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice tray or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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