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Horehound.

Botanical Name: 
Marrubium vulgare

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Name  
Horehound.

Botanical Name: 
Marrubium vulgare

Other Names
 
White Horehound

Family:
Lamiaceae

Parts Used 
Dried Leaves


Description  

White horehound is a perennial aromatic herb native to the region between the Mediterranean Sea and Central Asia.
Commercial Horehound comes mainly from Hungary and also from France, Italy, and Morocco

Overview  and Mythology.
Horehound has been used as an expectorant cough remedy since ancient Egyptian times . Its name comes from  old English, har hune, meaning 'downy plant'., due to the white hairs that cover horehound leaves, and hound, because it was used in ancient Greek medicine to treat bites from rabid dogs .
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.  

Horehound is used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine to treat acute or chronic bronchitis and whooping cough 

Distribution
Naturalized in North America and used by the American Indians.
The Cherokee use horehound as a cold remedy, cough medicine, and throat aid and prepare a cough syrup by combining the infusion with sugar.
The Navajo prepare the infusion to treat sore
throat. Horehound was used by Navaho Indians to help a woman through childbirth.
The Kawaiisu prepared hot or cold aqueous infusions of the leaves and flowering tops to treat coughs and colds.

Constituents.
Essential oil - (Pinene, Limonene, Camphene)
Diterpene alcohols - (marrubinol, marrubiol,
peregrinol, phytol, silareol, vulgarol
Sterols.
Saponins,
Bitter lactone,
Alkaloids (Betonicine,
Choline; Stachydine),
Tannin,
up to 7%
Mucilage,
Bitter principle (Marrubin-
. the bitter Diterpene principle, Marrubiin and the volatile oil contribute to the expectorant action by stimulating secretion from the respiratory tract's mucous membranes. Also increases bile flow.
Has cardiac actions. It is anti-arrhythmic in therapeutic doses, but pro-arrhythmic in large doses. )
Vitamin C.
Flavonoids (Apigenin, Luteolin, Quercetin, and their Glycosides)
Potassium

Dosage Recommendations
4.5 g per day of cut herb

Medicinal Actions
Antispasmodic, Antitussive Appetizer, Bitter Tonic, Cholagogue, Choleretic, Demulcent, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant.

Applications.
Tea, Tincture, Capsules, Syrup, Lozenges

Used in the following internal illnesses

Asthma, Bronchitis, Catarrh, Colds, Cough, Croup, Dyspepsia, Laryngitis, Loss of apetite, Paratyphoid, Sore Throat, Tachycardia, Tuberculosis, Typhoid, Whooping Cough, Worms  
It is also an ingredient in various multi-herb "liver and bile teas

The essential oils in Horehound help dilate the arteries and relieve lung congestion.  The extreme bitterness helps drive away worms.  Horehound increases circulation to the lungs, expels mucus, and cools infection.

External Medicinal Use
Dog Bites, Eczema, Shingles, Wounds

Applications.
Topical Applications: Made into an oil for applying to wounds.  Compress for wounds, eczema, shingles and dog bites.

Energetics.
Bitter, Pungent, Cool, Dry

Contra indications and side effect
None known.  
Very large doses may be a laxative

Use During Pregnancy And Lactation.
Not recommended during pregnancy. No restrictions known during lactation 

Interactions with Other Drugs.
None known.

Doctrine of signatures
Fine hairs similar to the appearance of the bronchial lining.

Bitter taste suggesting bile and liver.

Astrology.
Influenced by the planets Mercury and Mars. And affects Gemini.

Chakra
Affects and stimulates 3rd and 4th chakra.

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