Horehound - Marrubium Vulgaris
This Horehound (Marrubium vulgaris) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.
Horehound - Marrubium vulgaris in the Lamiaceae or Mint family
Parts used: Flowering herb.
Taste/smell: Bitter, aromatic.
Tendencies: Drying, stimulating and relaxing.
Dosage: Infusion: 1-2 teaspoons per cup of water; or 1:1 fresh + dry liquid extract: 10-30 drops 1-4 times per day in a little water.
Mental picture and specific indications: Horehound has a predilection for the respiratory tract and is indicated for congestion and copious discharges, especially if due to atonic mucous membranes.
Use: (a) Expectorant, (b) Relaxing diaphoretic, (c) Stomachic, (d) Choleretic, (e) Decongestant.
Horehound is used for colds, bronchitis, moist asthma, coughs in general, feverish conditions and to stimulate digestion.
Contraindications: It is contraindicated in pregnancy due to the emmenagogue and abortifacient effects in animal studies.
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