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  • Marrubium vulgare
  • Origin: USA


Common Name

Standardized: horehound
Other: white horehound

Botanical Name

Marrubium vulgare L.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae



Horehound is a garden mint with green and white leaves and a distinctively bitter taste. It is native to Asia and Europe, but is naturalized in North America. Although the herb grows in a wide range of climates, the best quality is grown in desert heat. Egyptian priests referred to it as the "Seed of Horus", which some speculate its modern name came from. In medieval Europe it was used to ward off spells by witches. It is also recorded as one of the "bitter herbs" eaten at Passover.


Marrubiin (the bitter substance in the herb), flavonoids including apigenin, luteolin, and vitexin, caffeic acid and stachydrine, and a small amount of essential oil and tannins.

Parts Used

The above-ground parts of the plant, dried and cut.

Typical Preparations

Usually as a tea, but also in infusions, tinctures, and encapsulations. Historically made as a candy or confection.


Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.