Horehound (Marrubium Vulgare)
Horehound takes its name from Horus, the Egyptian god of sky and light. The Egyptian priests called this plant "Seed of Horus", or "Bull’s Blood" and "Eye of the Star."
Used to soothe coughs and sore throats.
Also known as the white horehound, horehound, and marrubium, the Marrubium vulgare is a native of Europe and North America. It was used by the Roman Empire, Greeks, and ancient Egyptians very much on the lines that it is used today, i.e. primarily as a liver remedy and generally for digestion problems.
In the time of Caesar, it was believed that it can provide immunity against vegetable poison and black magic. This herb is one among the bitters which were meant to be taken by Jews during the Passover.
The Marrubium vulgare is best known for its hepatic, expectorant, emmenagogue, demulcent, cholagogue, bitter, astringent, and appetite depressant properties.
The herb is very popular throughout Europe as an effective remedy for all symptoms of cold, i.e. sore throat, cough, headache and body ache, and fever. It is also used for treating asthma, wheezing cough, and certain consumption cases.
It is also acclaimed as a bitter which stimulates digestion and provides relief from gas and bloating. When taken in larger doses, it becomes a mild purgative. As a nervous stimulant Marrubium vulgare is also used for stabilizing the rhythm of the heartbeat.
🡆The herb is contraindicated for pregnant women and nursing women.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!