horehound for allergies, etc.

horehound for allergies, etc.

Posted by Thalia on 10/02/00 at 02:08 PM

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Hi there! I thought I?d post my latest Horehound writeup. Horehound is one of my favorite herbs because, well, read the write-up! Note copyright info at bottom. TC


October 2000 ? Horehound

For informational purposes only. Please contact a doctor before you take any herbs.


– Herbfacts: Horehound

– Healing Benefits

– How to Use Horehound

– Old-fashioned Horehound Candy Recipe

I. Herbfacts: HOREHOUND

Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) takes its name from Horus, the Egyptian God of the sky. The dried leaves and flowers are often used in tea and in horehound candy (recipe below) to treat coughs and colds. The horehound plant is a bushy perennial with wrinkled, felty green leaves and small white flowers. It grows wild all over Europe, but is native to the Mediterranean. Today it is grown in cottage gardens in Britain to make tea and candy. In Norfolk is added to Horehound Ale. In ancient Rome it was used for lung ailments. In other parts of Europe it was used to counteract magic spells.


Horehound has long been used for lung problems and coughs. One of the most famous lung remedies, it is touted to help colds, chronic cough, asthma and bronchitis. The tea relaxes the muscles of your lungs while promoting mucus production and thus phlegm expulsion (expectoration). It has also been used topically in poultices to heal wounds. Its active ingredient stimulates bile production to speed digestion.

The active ingredient in Horehound is marrubium, a throat expectorant. An expectorant is something that helps expel phlegm from the lungs and throat. Marrubium is released when horehound is cooked or steeped in tea. Marrubium also contains vitamin C.


Make an Infusion: (Horehound Tea) Pour 1 cup boiling water on 1 tsp. of dried leaves and let it steep for ten minutes. Add honey if desired. Drink three cups daily. Horehound starts working immediately. Do not take for long periods of time without asking your doctor. Horehound has a sweet, slightly bitter taste.

Make a Tincture: (less potent but more easily stored). Place 1 cup herb and 2 ? cups high-proof vodka in a large jar. Place lid on jar and store in a dark place for 4-6 weeks. Shake daily. When ready to use, strain and press out liquid. Transfer liquid into several dropper bottles. Drink five drops twice a day.

Counter-indications: Horehound can mildly increase menstrual flow, so do not take it if you have menstrual problems. It is a mild laxative if taken in large quantities. Ask your doctor before taking horehound if you have heart problems or stomach ulcers, if you are taking birth control pills or prescriptions for chronic illness, if you are pregnant or lactating, under 18, or elderly.


You can use these candies as cough drops, or just as a treat (horehound is from the mint family and tastes pleasant). To make the candy, boil ? cup horehound leaves in 1 ? cups water to make a very strong tea. Strain the leaves and keep 1 cup of tea. Add 2 cups sugar and 1 cup corn syrup. Bring to a boil. Boil, stirring with a spoon, until it starts to become thick. Pour it onto a well-greased cookie sheet. When the edges start to harden, cut it into small squares with scissors.



Herbal Home Remedies


Copyright ? 2000 Thalia Cambouroglou. All rights reserved.

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