Horehound Marrubium vulgare L.
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Horehound
How to Use: Horehound
The uses of horehound have come down to us from the Greeks, Romans, and from our own North American herbal traditions. You can still find old fashioned horehound cough drops sold in pharmacies, but homemade ones are best in my opinion. Horehound was an accepted medicinal plant in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia until 1989 and is still endorsed in Europe as an effective cold medicine. Duke Horehound is a well regarded cough and cold remedy as well as a bitter tonic. As is common with all the mint family herbs, horehound stimulates digestion, easing bloating and gas. Horehound contains the bitter principal marrubiin (sometimes spelled marubin), a potent pain reliever, nervous system stimulant, and expectorant. Marrubiin and marrubinic acid also help stabilize heart rhythm. Duke
Preparation Methods & Dosage :Leaf teas, cough syrups and drops. Extracts. For treatment of gastrointestinal upset, take thirty minutes before eating. The bitter taste activates the healthful actions, don't overdo adding sweeteners.
Koehler's Medicinal-Plants 1887
How to Grow Horehound
Horehound is a perennial hardy to Zone 3 here in North America. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil. Once established, horehound required very little additional water. Bees love the blossoms. Harvest leaves and flowers during the growing season to use fresh, and dry to used during winter months for cold and cough season.
History and Traditions & FolkloreThe Egyptians and Romans esteemed Horehound for coughs and colds, the same uses as it is recommend by modern herbalists. For centuries white horehound has been traditionally a reliable liver and digestive remedy. The plant has also been used to reduce fevers and treat malaria.This is one of the bitter herbs ordained to be eaten at Passover supper by the Jews. Gerard also recommended it as an antidote for posions and for "mad dogge biting". 1.
The Egyptian priests called horehound the "Seed of Horus", or the "Bulls Blood", and "The eye of the Star". It was a principal ingredient in the negro Caesars's antidote for vegetable poisons. It was considered an anti-magical herb.1