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Herb Information
Name: Horehound
Biological Name: Marrubium vulgare

Labiatae

Other Names: Horehound, White Horehound, hoarhound, marrubium
Parts Used: Dried leaves and flowering tops
Active Compounds:
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Marrubim, a diterpene lactone, with premarrubim

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Diterpene alcohols: marruciol, marrubenol, sclareol, peregrinin, dihydroperegrinin

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Volatile oil, containing a-pinene, sabinene, limonene, camphene, p-cymol, a-terpinolene

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Alkaloids; traces of betonicine and its isomer turicine

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Miscellaneous; choline, alkanes, phytosterols, tanins etc.

Remedies For

Expectorant, anti-spasmodic, bitter, vulnerary, emmenagogue, pectoral, aromatic, diaphoretic, tonic, diuretic, hepatic, stimulant.

Horehound is valuable in the treatment of bronchitis where there is a non-productive cough. It combines the action of relaxing the smooth muscles of the bronchus whilst promoting mucus production and thus expectoration. Used in the treatment of whooping cough. The bitter action stimulates the flow and secretion of bile from the gall-bladder, aiding digestion. Horehound is used externally to promote the healing of wounds.

Combinations : Depending upon the specific needs, it combines well with Coltsfoot, Lobelia, Elecampane, Wild Cherry Bark and Mullein

Description: Found throughout Europe.
Dosage:

Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto l/2 - l teaspoonful of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 1-=15 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.

Tincture: 1-2ml of the tincture 3 times a day.

Safety:

No information available. Some herbs are known to react with your medication. Please consult your physician before starting on any herb.

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