Horehound

posted Oct 9, 2014, 1:20 PM by Ivy Hunter   [ updated Nov 12, 2014, 2:00 PM ]
A delight, aromatic herb that is perfect for herb tea and flavoring honey. The crushed leaves and juice go into making hard candy that is throat soothing. Drink tea when the throat is sore from too much talking.

According to the Herbal Medicine  Handbook 2006, Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) is also known as common horehound, hoarhound, houndsbane, marrubium, white horehound, and is sold as an herb, tea, liquid extract, cough lozenges, powdered herb, and syrup.

Medicinal Uses
The active component of the plant comes from the leaves and flowers and is known as marrubiin. This compound stimulates secretions in the lungs - which explains its use as an expectorant in cough drops. Marrubin acid which is a derivative of marrubiin, stimulates bile secretion. When taken with fiber such as pectin that binds to bile for excretion it is a supportive agent in the removal of some toxins commonly stored in the bile. The tea of horehound may oppose the effect of serotonin - our happiness hormone. Horehound is mainly used over short durations of 3 days or so to soothe a sore throat.

Cough suppressant:
1 tablespoon agave nectar or honey
2 ml horehound extract (alcohol extract)

Tea:
1 - 2 grams of hte fresh herb
8 ounces of boiling water
Pour the boiling water over the herb, and allow to steep for 10 minutes or less. Strain and serve as tea up to 2 times daily for cough.

Cautions
This herb as with all herbs should not be used if you are allergic to it. It may have side effects such as reduction of blood sugar levels, rash on contact, diarrhea, and heart irregularities which can be fatal. Start with a low or small amount to determine if you have any allergic response before using in the above recipes. Do not use more than 1 recipe per day. Do not take while pregnant or taking cardiovascular medications (heart pills).


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