Horehound herb (Marrubium vulgare) is an herbaceous perennial plant
yielding a bitter aromatic juice which is primarily used for coughs.
This has been around for thousands of years as a cough remedy among other medicinal benefits. It is native to Europe, Asia as well as northern Africa and it is from the mint or Lamiaceae family. The entire plant may be used as herbal medicine.
The common names are Hoarhound, Common horehound, Houndsbane, Wooly horehound, Eye of the star, White horehound, Marrubium vulgare and Marrubium. The medicinal properties for this plant are pectoral, aromatic,
diaphoretic, tonic, expectorant, diuretic, hepatic, purgative and stimulant. The constituents are tannins, volatile oil, marrubiin, resins, alkaloids, flavonoids, alcohol and saponins.
This medicinal herb is among the list of bitter herbs which the Jews consumed at Passover time. In history it was also seen as one of the magic herbs to ward off evil.
A research which was done in 2011 proved that the volatile oil of horehound possesses powerful anticancer and anti-microbial medicinal properties. Also, in 2012 another research discovered that one of its active elements, marrubiin has anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic as well as antiatherogenic properties.
This medicinal herb can generate excess sweat once consumed incredibly hot. Consumed in high doses it will become a laxative and when consumed cold, it is good in support of indigestion, jaundice, asthma and panic attack.
It is extremely beneficial in recurring sore throat, coughs, consumption, as well as every pulmonary infections. Generally if the menstruation abnormality occurs, it will bring it on once again.
Also known as white horehound, its uses are considered archaic . However, it really should remain in just about every house reserved for urgent utilization. The syrup is superb in support of coughs, colds, asthma, as well as other respiratory conditions. To make this cough syrup steep a heaping tablespoonful in a pint of boiling water for twenty minutes, strain, add honey and let children drink it freely. This is for children who suffer with cold as well as croup.
Horehound lozenge candies or drops can be purchased in stores. These candies are effective for sore throats, indigestion and inflammation..
It can be made into a beer or ale which is flavored with mainly herbs and free of alcohol. One of the herbs use with horehound herb beverage is hops, sweetened with sugar made from the sugar cane.
Updated May 21, 2019