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Horehound (Marrubium vulgare)

Horehound (Marrubium vulgare)


stomachic, cough suppressant, diuretic, constipating, appetite stimulating, metabolism stimulating

Areas of application:

Weight loss treatment for obesity, asthma, airways, bronchi, to strengthen many glandular diseases, diarrhea, bile flow, cardiac arrhythmias, chronic cough, hysteria whooping cough, stimulates liver function, mucus in the lungs, increases gastric juice secretion, anorexic, earache, physical weakness, melancholy, Stick cough

Plant parts used:

upper parts of the plant

Collection time:

Mid-summer to fall

To find:

In the Mediterranean and here rarely on rubble heaps, on roadsides, on wasteland and on walls.


Bitter substance marrubiin, tannins, saponins, essential oil, glycoside, diterpene, choline, calcium, potassium


☕ Tea: 1 teaspoon of herb is poured with 1/4 liter of boiling water and left to steep for 10 minutes. You drink 3 cups a day.

🛑Attention: Not suitable for kidney sufferers!!!

If you want to drive away a witch or an evil influence, you have to pick horehound from a cemetery between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.

If quinine is not tolerated or fails, horehound can be used as a substitute.

Horehound is often used as a tea. You can also take it as a tincture or horehound syrup. The bitter taste of horehound can be reduced with honey, for example. B. refine.

The herb mixes well with lobelia and coltsfoot. 1/2 horehound, 1/4 lobelia and 1/4 coltsfoot, the tea taste is then a little less bitter.

To treat ear pain, a mixture of 1 part leaf juice and 1 part fine oil is dripped into the ear.

The horehound must be fetched on St. John's Eve. Placed under the hives, it is said to encourage bees to breed. If you want to drive away a witch or an evil influence, you have to pick it from a cemetery between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Hildegard von Bingen: To combat deaf ears, boil horehound in water and let the warm steam penetrate your ears. Place the warm horehound around your ears and all over your head so you will be able to hear better. And whoever is sick in the throat, let him boil horehound in water and mix the water with twice as much wine and add fat and boil it again, let him drink it often, and the throat will be healed.

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