Also known as Common Horehound, Hoarhound, Marrubium, Marvel, and White Horehound
History: Horehound Herb is a medicinal herb native to the British Isles. It was transplanted, and later naturalized, to North America by European colonists. In Europe, Horehound has been used to cure a wide range of ailments for over 400 years. Native American tribes also used Horehound for many medicial purposes including, Kidney and skin conditions and respiratory ailments, including two tribes which had a specific mixture for children’s colds. Some tribes used Horehound as an antidiarrheal. These traditional Native American remedies were prepared from the leaves and flowers of the Horehound and, sometimes, the root or the whole plant.
Modern Uses: The Commission E approved horehound herb for loss of appetite and dyspepsia, such as bloating and flatulence.
The British Herbal Compendium indicates its use for acute bronchitis, non-productive coughs and catarrh of the respiratory tract as well as for lack of appetite and dyspepsia. In France, it is indicated for use as a cough remedy and to treat acute benign bronchial affections.
Active Ingredients: Marrubium, volatile oil, resin, tannin, wax, fat, sugar
Actions: expectorants and tonics pectoral