Help Fight Respiratory Problems With Horehound Herb
Horehound has been around for thousands of years. The Romans used this herb in a combination as an antidote for poison. The horehound plant is
a bushy plant that produces numerous annual branching stems. The plant is a foot or more in height and has whitish flowers. The leaves are much
wrinkled, opposite, petiolate, and about an inch long. They are covered with white, felted hairs that give them a wooly appearance. The leaves have a
strange, musky smell that can be diminished by drying the plant. Horehound is known to flower between June and September.
An ancient Greek physician by the name of Galen first recommended horehound for use in treating respiratory conditions. Early European physicians
also used horehound to treat respiratory ailments. Early settlers in North America brought horehound with them to treat coughs, colds, and
tuberculosis. The herb was also used to treat hepatitis, malaria, and intestinal worms. Horehound was also used to promote menstruation and
sweating. Most commonly, the herb is used to treat colds and coughs, to soothe the throat and loosen mucus in the chest. Horehound is a
well-known lung and throat remedy.
Warm infusions of horehound are able to relieve congestion and hyperemic conditions of the lungs. They do this by promoting an outward flow of
blood. In large doses, horehound will work as a mild laxative. Applying the dried herb topically is a great way to treat herpes simplex, eruptions,
eczema, and shingles.
The Romans praised horehound because of its medicinal purposes. Its Latin name Marrubium is derived from the word Maria urbs, which is an
ancient town of Italy. The plant was called the â€˜Seed of Horus" or the â€˜Bull's Blood,' and the â€˜Eye of the Star' by the Egyptian Priests.
Horehound was a main ingredient in Caesar's antidote for vegetable poisons. It was recommended, in addition to its uses in coughs and colds, for
those that had drunk poison or had been bitten by serpents. Horehound was on