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Bogbean – (Menyanthes trifoliata)


Bogbean is a marsh plant that grows about eighteen inches high throughout the northern hemisphere. The flowers are pale pink. The fruit of the plant resembles a bean, hence its rather uncomplimentary name. It often grows near sundew and pitcher plants. Blossoming around May to July, they are easy to spot because of their extremely attractive flowers. This plant does well when cultivated in a a peat-rich garden bed that is kept moist at all times.


Key Medicinal Uses

Internally – Bogbean is used to stimulate the appetite and for gastric upset. Traditional Chinese medicine uses it as a sedative. An infusion has been used to treat gall bladder and liver problems, hepatitis, anorexia, arthritis and gout. It is also effective for migraine, rheumatism, osteoarthritis, muscular weakness, rheumatoid arthritis, scurvy and joint pain. Some use the herb for fever, flu, jaundice and worms. It has also been used for chest pains and coughs, diarrhea and the bloody flux.

Externally – Bogbean has been used to heal skin ailments and eruptions as well as herpes and ulcerous sores.

Other Uses – Bogbean is also used as a homeopathic medication to treat headache, diabetes and problems in the urinary tract. It is used in veterinary medicine to treat rot in sheep, as a worming medicine, for cramp and rheumatism and as a tonic. It is also used in cosmetics to prevent blemishes. It is also added to herbal smoking mixtures. Culinarily, this herb can be eaten in sandwiches and salads. It is also used to flavor beer in the absence of other bitters.

Herbs to Combine/Supplement

Combine with celery seed and black cohosh to treat rheumatism. It has also been combined with bugbane (Cimicifuga racemosa) or celery for joint and muscle pain.

Parts Used

Leaves, roots & rhizomes – The leaves, roots and rhizomes are used medicinally. The leaves are best if harvested between May and July while the plant is flowering.


Bogbean should be avoided if you are taking blood thinning medications like warfarin or Plavix. Excessive doses can result in diarrhea, vomiting, upset stomach or stomach pain. Be cautious if you are pregnant or nursing.

Preparation and Dosage

The herbal remedy can be taken as dried leaves, in a tincture, as an infusion (both a simple infusion and as a compound infusion), a decoction, a powder, a tonic drink and as a cold extract. It is also available in commercial preparations. Follow the directions on the label if you use them.

For a bogbean tincture, take 1 to 4 ml up to three times per day. For an infusion, add 1 to 2 teaspoons to 1 cup of boiling water and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. This infusion can be taken three times a day.

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