Native to Europe and Asia, Horehound is part of the mint family, in which the leaves and flowers of the plant are used to create herbal medicine. It contains vitamin C, essential oils, flavonoids, alkaloids, saponin, tannins and more. It also consists of diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anticancer properties.
Horehound can be used as a bitter tonic to treat the common cold, to treat intestinal parasites, cough, whooping cough, asthma, bronchitis, motion sickness, digestive problems, diabetes, muscle and menstrual cramps and to treat skin wounds. Benefits of Horehound include lowering cholesterol, stimulating appetite, lowering blood sugar, acting as a digestive aid, detoxifying the body and boosting the immune system. It can be taken in the form of a tea, tincture, extract, tablets and can be found in candy.
Black Horehound (Ballota nigra) is native to the Mediterranean, and consists of many similar benefits as White Horehound (Marribum vulgare). It can be used to treat nausea, vomiting, spasms, nervousness, gout, sleep issues, intestinal worms and arthritis. It has astringent properties which promote bile flow, assisting digestion, and can be applied to the skin. It also reduces symptoms of menopause.
WARNING: Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should avoid usage. Caution is advised to those suffering from heart disorders as large doses may result in cardiac irregularities. Side effects may include upset stomach, vomiting, skin reactions. It is recommended to consult a healthcare professional before usage.
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