Horehound is a perennial plant with small white flowers found growing in the wild throughout Europe and Asia. The genus name Marrubium is thought to be derived from "marrob," the Hebrew word for "bitter juice." It is believed that...
Horehound is a perennial plant with small white flowers found growing in the wild throughout Europe and Asia. The genus name Marrubium is thought to be derived from "marrob," the Hebrew word for "bitter juice." It is believed that horehound was one of the original bitter herbs of the Jewish Passover tradition. The common name, horehound, is from the old English "har hune," meaning "downy plant." The above ground portion of this plant is harvested for its active ingredients.
Horehound was reportedly first used by the physician Galen in ancient Rome, who recommended it as respiratory support. Like Galen, Nicholas Culpepper, the 17th-century English chemist, commented that it was helpful for maintaining normal lung functioning. Similarly, Eclectic physicians of the 19th century remarked on its value not only for the respiratory system, but also for the female reproductive system. Horehound was used by Navaho Indians for woman through childbirth.
The primary chemical constituents of Horehound include essential oil (pinene, limonene, camphene), diterpene liquids (marrubinol, marruciol, silareol), sterols, saponins, bitter lactone, alkaloids (betonicine, stachydine), tannin, mucilage, bitter principle (marrubin), and vitamin C. It has been used by some herbalists as a circulatory tonic and it also acts on the hormonal system and will aid the body in maintaining normal menstruation. Horehound is valuable in keeping breathing passages clear, and its soothing effects help to keep muscles relaxed. The bitter action of horehound stimulates the biliary functions of the body and supports the gall-bladder, thereby promoting normal, healthy digestion.
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