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Common Name: GYPSYWORT
Scientific Name: Lycopus Europaeus
Alternative Names: Water Horehound, Bugleweed, European bugleweed

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  • Perennial
  • Gypsywort originates from Europe and Asia and from there naturalized in North America.
  • It is an erect plant of 0.5m in height with toothed leaves, bearing small white or pink two-lipped flowers.
  • Gypsywort is one of the few plants that can handle constantly wet conditions – it can be grown along the border of a pond.
  • It does not necessarily need to be constantly submerged in water – just be sure it does not dry out.

Parts Used

  • The dried aboveground parts of flowering plants.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Gypsywort is used to treat an overactive thyroid gland and Mastodynia (tension and pain of the breast).
  • It inhibits iodine conversion in the thyroid gland and is used in the treatment of overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) and related disorders.
  • The plant has historically been used as an astringent and sedative.

Other Uses

  • Gypsywort (Lycopus) juice yields a black dye that was supposedly used by gypsies to tan their skin, hence given the name gypsywort.
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