Herbs Guide


Family Name: Lamiaceae

Botanical Name(s): Marrubium vulgare

Popular Name(s): White Horehound, Marrubium, Hoarhound

Parts Used: The whole plant

Habitat: Horehound is found all over Europe and in Central Asia.

Description: Horehound is a perennial herbaceous plant, bushy, quadrangular and gains a height of a foot or more. The leaves are wrinkled, opposite, petiolate and about an inch in length. The leaves are covered with white hairs, which give a woolly appearance and possess a musky smell. The flowers of the herb bloom from June to September.

Uses: Horehound is bitter in taste and has antiseptic and expectorant properties. It is used as expectorant and tonic. Horehound is effective in indigestion, dyspepsia and in flatulence. It relieves spasms, increases perspiration, stimulates bile flow and has a calming effect on the heart. Horehound is used to cure bronchitis and asthma. It decreases congestion and reduces mucus, chest coughs and colds.