Horehound - Uses and Benefits
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Horehound aromatic Old World perennial herbaceous plant ( Marrubium vulgare ) of the family Labiatae ( mint family), deep-rooted to Europe, but now naturalized throughout North and South America. Horehound matures well in deep, sandy, well-drained soil with a pH of 7 with full sunlight and survives fairly severe drought conditions. It grow rapidly in waste areas and by roadsides, usually in the counties of Norfolk & Suffolk, where it is also matured in the corners of cottage gardens for preparing tea and candy for use in coughs and colds. It is also boil and used into Horehound Ale, an appetizing and salubrious beverage, much drunk in Norfolk and other country districts.
It has woolly white leafage and small white clustered blossoms and is called the common, or white, horehound. The black horehound and the water horehound belong to other genera of the mint family. This perennial plant having square stems, can grow to a height of 24 to 36 inches with a width of 20 inches. All parts of the herb are poisonous. The taste and odor are characteristic & unpleasant . Since ancient Egypt, horehound has been used to treat mucus from the throat or lungs . Traditionally ,Ayurvedic, Native American and Australian Aboriginal medicines have used horehound to cure respiratory problems.
Uses and Benefits
Horehound has been used to treat various disorders such as indigestion, flatulence,and painful menstruation. Externally it can be used to speed the healing of wounds & for minor abrasions and skin inflammations. Internally, horehound is used to cure bronchitis, asthma, decreasing congestion and reducing mucus, chest coughs and colds, as well as whooping cough.
Horehound inclusions in food or medicinal preparations just because of its bitter taste & generally offset by a large quantity of sugar and/or other sweeteners. It is used in making cough drops, candy,and cough syrups, and in juice and tisane.
A cold infusion of white horehound works as a bitter digestive tonic and will boost the flow of bile from the gall bladder. An infusion of horehound can be used as a wash, or a preparation of horehound salve & is useful to disinfect wounds .
White Horehound is an expectorant ,sedative, and antispasmodic. It is used in many cases of nausea, vomiting (including nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and travel sickness) and nervous indigestion. The juice amalgamated with honey is sometimes used to help those suffering from TB and to aid in expelling viscous phlegm from the chest. The dried leaves mixed with honey ebb external ulcers and open sores. It is also an effective appetite stimulant.
Since horehound works as a bitter and may heighten production of stomach acid, people with gastritis or peptic ulcer disorders should use it cautiously. Children have been poisoned by eating the seeds.
Excess dosage causes dysphagia, dry mouth, pupil dilation, tachycardia, restlessness, hallucinations, delirium and coma. Horehound is contraindicated in tachycardiac arrhythmia and glaucoma. It should be taken only under medical supervision.
Horehound is not recommended & should not be used during pregnancy , as it may stimulate contractions. Internally ,When horehound is taken, it may interfere with the absorption of iron and other minerals. Caution: Using large amount may cause a laxative effect and result an irregular heartbeat.
Horehound is use with cold medications that have expectorant ingredients may cause added effects, Because it is thought to be an expectorant in the treatment of cough or congestion.
Based on theory, white horehound may decrease blood pressure and may result increased urine production. Caution is advised when taking supplements or herbs that lower blood pressure or increase urination.
Hypothetically, white horehound may decrease the effects of some medications given for vomiting such as ondansetron & granisetron , migraine headache such as dihydroergotamine, bromocriptine, or ergotamine, and antidepressants that possess serotonin activity .
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