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Lagochilus inebrians - Bunge.

Common Name Intoxicating Mint
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Steppes[192].
Range Europe to C. Asia.
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Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
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Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Lagochilus inebrians Intoxicating Mint


Lagochilus inebrians Intoxicating Mint

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Lagochilus inebrians is a deciduous Shrub growing to 1 m (3ft 3in). The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Tea.

A bitter-tasting tea is made from the dried branches, it is usually sweetened with sugar before being drunk[192]. See also the notes on medicinal uses below.

Medicinal Uses



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Antispasmodic;  Haemostatic;  Hallucinogenic;  Hypotensive;  Sedative.

The branches are antispasmodic, haemostatic, hallucinogenic, hypotensive and sedative[192]. An infusion is also used internally in the treatment of allergies and the shrub has also been used to treat skin disorders[192]. The branches are harvested in the autumn after flowering and are dried for later use[192]. They become more fragrant and medicinally active once they have been dried[192].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though it experiences very cold winters in its native range[192] and so should be completely cold-hardy in this country. The main problem it is likely to face is with our cool damp weather. It comes from a sunny and fairly arid region of the world with a continental climate and so it is likely to require a very sunny position in a well-drained dry soil.

Propagation

Seed - We have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a greenhouse in the spring. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer and consider giving them some protection from winter rain[K].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Steven Young   Fri Sep 10 00:20:38 2004

Also called Turkmenistanian menth, Turkistanian Mint, Turkestan Mint, and Intoxicating mint, it has long been used for its intoxicating and sedative properties by Tajik, Tatar, Turkoman and Uzbek tribesman, ancient Central Asian tribes and Shamans. Valued as a folk medicine, it is used to treat skin disease, help check hemorrhages, and to provide sedation for nervous disorders. A crystalline compound isolated from the plant and named lagochiline has proved to be aditerpene. The Lagochilus inebrians plant contains ~1-3% aditerpene. Sedative dosage is 30mg/man of aditerpene (Ref: CRC). Maximum quantities of aditerpene accumulate in plants while flowering and during fruit production (May-July.) Whether or not it produces the psychoactive effects of the whole plant is unknown.

Link: Tryptamine Ethnobotanicals

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