White Horehound (Marrubium vulgare)

Time to start an herbal section.  Since my sinus have been killing me with the onslaught on pollen this spring I thought that this would be a good herb to start with.  Horehound is a very easy herb to grow.  There are no special requirements for it at all.  I just planted mine and ignored it other than a little water once in a while.

My small plant that is now 2' across and nearly the same height
My small plant that is now 2′ across and nearly the same height

There are a lot of benefits that horehound has to offer. And I even found a list of things for everyone to read:

  • Since ancient Egypt, white horehound (Marrubium vulgare L.) has been used as an expectorant (to facilitate removal of mucus from the lungs or throat). Ayurvedic, Native American, and Australian Aboriginal medicines have traditionally used white horehound to treat respiratory (lung) conditions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned horehound from cough drops in 1989 due to insufficient evidence supporting its efficacy. However, horehound is currently widely used in Europe, and it can be found in European-made herbal cough remedies sold in the United States (for example, Ricola®).
  • White horehound is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.
  • White horehound is used for digestion problems including loss of appetite, indigestion, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, and liver and gallbladder complaints. It is also used for lung and breathing problems including cough, whooping-cough, asthma, tuberculosis, bronchitis, and swollen breathing passages.
  • Women use white horehound for painful menstrual periods.
  • People also use it for yellowed skin (jaundice), to kill parasitic worms, to cause sweating, and to increase urine production.
  • White horehound is sometimes applied to the skin for skin damage, ulcers, and wounds.
  • In manufacturing, the extracts of white horehound are used as flavoring in foods and beverages, and as expectorant in cough syrups and lozenges. expectorant are ingredients that make it easier to cough up phlegm.

It is a handy little herb to have around.  If nothing else my sinuses havent hurt since I started off the day with a ginger and horehound tea.


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