Family Name: Labiatae
Botanical Name(s): Ballota nigra
Popular Name(s): Marrubium nigrum, Black Stinking Horehound
Parts Used: Herb
Habitat: Black Horehound grows wildly throughout Europe.
Description: Black Horehound possesses a perennial root of a
woody and fibrous nature. Its leaves are arranged in pairs on the stem,
each pair being at right angles to the pair it succeeds. They are
stalked, with margins coarsely serrate and dull green in colour. Its
flowers are arranged in more or less dense whorls at the axils of the
leaves and are generally white in colour.
Uses: Black Horehound has antispasmodic and anti-emetic
properties. It is used as an emmenagogue, astringent and vermifuge
substance. Black Horehound is an excellent remedy for the settling of
nausea and vomiting.