Ze Lan (Bugleweed); Lycopus Lucidum; Lycopi Herba
Bugleweed sits along side a number of other TCM herbs as a Blood invigorator. Often used for stasis due to injury.
Lycopus Lucidum, also known as Ze Lan or Chinese Bugleweed, is a traditional Chinese herb that has been used for centuries to promote cardiovascular health and support the immune system. This powerful herb is rich in flavonoids and other active compounds.
In addition to its cardiovascular benefits, Lycopus Lucidum is also known for its ability to support respiratory function and alleviate symptoms of allergies and asthma.
At Plum Dragon Herbs, we source only the highest quality Lycopus Lucidum, ensuring that our customers receive the most potent and effective herb possible. Our Ze Lan is carefully processed to preserve its natural benefits and is free from harmful contaminants.
So why not try our bugleweed herb today? With our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, you can trust that you're getting the best quality herb available.
Bitter, pungent, slightly warm
Ze Lan Quality
High quality dried bugleweed typically has a green and golden color and is relatively uniform in shape and size. The leaves should be intact and not overly brittle or crushed. The aroma is typically a slightly sweet, earthy scent.
Ze Lan Processing for TCM
The processing of bugleweed typically involves the following steps:
Harvesting: Bugleweed is typically harvested during the summer or fall, when the plant is in full bloom. The leaves, stems, and flowers are used for medicinal purposes.
Drying: The harvested plant material is dried in the sun or in a dry and ventilated area to reduce the moisture content. This is important to preserve the medicinal properties of the plant.
Sorting: Once dried, the plant material is sorted to remove any debris or impurities.
Grinding: The dried and sorted plant material is then ground into a fine powder or crushed into small pieces.
Decoction: To make a decoction, the ground or crushed bugleweed is boiled in water for a period of time to extract the medicinal properties. The decoction can then be consumed as a tea or used as an ingredient in other herbal formulas.
Extracts: Bugleweed can also be processed into extracts, such as tinctures or capsules, which are more convenient to take and have a longer shelf life than the dried herb.
Overall, the processing of Ze Lan in TCM is done with care to ensure that the medicinal properties of the plant are preserved and that it is safe and effective for use.
Ze Lan Popular Recipes
One popular recipe for Lycopus Lucidum dried herb is a tea blend. To make this tea, you will need:
- 2 grams of dried Lycopus Lucidum herb
- 8 ounces of water
- Honey or other sweetener (optional)
- Heat 8 ounces of water in a pot or kettle until it reaches boiling point.
- Add 2 grams of dried Lycopus Lucidum herb to the pot and reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Let the herb steep in the water for 10-15 minutes.
- Strain the tea into a mug and sweeten with honey or other sweetener if desired.
- Enjoy your Lycopus Lucidum tea while it is still warm.
Ze Lan Region and Habitat
Ze Lan is native to China and Japan. It is commonly found in wetland areas, such as marshes, swamps, and along streams and rivers.
The optimal growing conditions for Lycopus Lucidum include:
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Partial shade to full sun
- Cool temperatures, with a preference for temperatures between 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit
- High humidity and a consistent water supply
In terms of habitat, Ze Lan prefers damp and marshy areas, with a preference for moist soils that are rich in organic matter. It is also commonly found along the edges of ponds, lakes, and rivers.
Ze Lan General Safety Precautions
General safety precautions for the use of Ze Lan dried herb include:
- Consult a healthcare professional before using if pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking any medications.
- Lycopus lucidus may interact with certain medications, such as blood thinners, so it is important to inform your doctor if you are taking any other medications.
- Do not use in large amounts or for long periods of time as it may cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- As with all herbs, it is important to purchase from reputable sources to ensure proper identification and to avoid contamination.
- Keep out of reach of children.