Horehound Properties

If you like to take care of yourself in a natural way and use medicinal plants to maintain health, in this article we are going to tell you everything you need to know about Horehound, a medicinal plant that is as unknown as it is interesting. Horehound has very interesting properties that make it one of the favorite medicinal plants.

We will talk to you about the botanical description of Horehound, about its medicinal properties and its uses both in popular medicine and the latest scientific studies published on the therapeutic action of this plant. In this article we also remind you of the contraindications and in which cases it should not be consumed. Discover in this article all the properties of Horehound.

What is Horehound?

Horehound, whose botanical or scientific name is Marrubium vulgare , is a perennial herbaceous plant native to the European and Asian continents where it grows wild. The Spanish introduced it to the American continent.

This plant can reach 70 cm in height, the stems are erect and has oval-shaped leaves (which may remind us of the leaves of the Mint ) and small white flowers that grow in groups.

Horehound is also popularly known by other names such as Marroio , Hortelana , Maromba or Camarruego . Remember that when buying a medicinal plant, you must make sure that the scientific or botanical name matches because common or popular names change from one area to another and can be confusing.

How is Horehound used?

Like the vast majority of medicinal plants, we can use Horehound both externally and internally:

  • To take advantage of its medicinal properties, the leaves (fresh or dried) are used, applied locally as a poultice or oil can even be infused to use it externally (it is not ingested). If you are interested, I leave you a link to an article in which I tell you how to infuse oil .


  • For internal use, the easiest way to use Horehound is to prepare an infusion using the dried or fresh plant. You need a teaspoon of dried horehound leaves and add a cup of water. Then cover it and let it rest for 5 minutes. Filter and drink.

By the way, if you are interested in home remedies (making creams, medicinal plant oils, masks, deodorants, toothpaste, shampoo, etc.) here you can see more


horehound properties uses

What is Horehound good for?

Traditionally this medicinal plant has been used in cases of:

  • Upper respiratory congestion
  • Respiratory system ailments: bronchitis, asthma, etc.
  • Improves symptoms of colds and flu.
  • Bad digestions
  • Gas and bloated belly
  • Painful periods
  • Improve liver
  • Wounds and burns on the skin

Medicinal action of Horehound and proven uses

Among the chemical composition of Horehound we find active principles such as marrubiin, phenols, tannins, sterols and flavonoids (with quercithin and apigenin).

Today we have a good bibliography with a multitude of studies carried out on the pharmacological action of Horehound: expectorant, fluidifying, antitussive, abortive, hypocholesterolemic, antihypertensive, antidiabetic or hypoglycemic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and cardioprotective.

Based on the scientific evidence that we currently have, we can say that Horehound is very effective for:

Heal wounds and skin lesions, reduce blood pressure in hypertensive people, for type II diabetes, protect against heart damage, fight fungi (such as Candida albicans ), can inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells in melanoma , is useful in cases of hyperlipidemia and in the treatment of atherosclerosis, and to reduce inflammation.

Horehound medicinal properties
Horehound properties

Next, we tell you all the properties of Horehound:

  • This plant has traditionally been used for its expectorant action
  • Promotes the secretion of mucus from the bronchi
  • Protects the  liver
  • Improves respiratory system disorders
  • Has vasodilatory properties
  • Relieves heartburn or heartburn
  • Combat physical fatigue and weakness
  • Stimulates the formation of bile  and  gastric juices , improving digestive processes
  • Horehound fights  anemia
  • Helps to expel  gas or flatulence accumulated in the gastrointestinal tract
  • This plant can help eliminate gastrointestinal parasites
  • Combat hair loss and dandruff
  • In case of rheumatism, apply the oil giving a massage
  •  Horehound stimulates the appetite
  • Stimulates the functioning of the immune system
  • It is able to lower fever
  • Avoid the accumulation of fluids due to its diuretic effect
  • Regulates the heart rate, very beneficial in case of arrhythmias and tachycardias
  • Improves abdominal discomfort caused by poor digestion
  • Horehound supports the proper functioning of the kidneys
  • Eliminate or reduce pain caused by menstruation
  • Reduces fat levels in the blood
  • Lowers blood sugar levels, which is why it has a hypoglycemic effect
  • It improves the general condition of the skin due to its regenerative effect, therefore, Horehound is helpful to stimulate healing in cases of wounds, burns, psoriasis, eczema, abscesses, acne, dermatitis or boils.

Now that you know all the properties of Horehound, we will tell you the contraindications.

Horehound contraindications

As with any other medicinal plant, Horehound should not be consumed during pregnancy (as it is abortive) or while breastfeeding.

The use of medicinal plants is not recommended in children under 12 years of age.

If you are under drug treatment, you should know that medicinal plants can interact with drugs, canceling their action or multiplying it.

This is general information and in no case is it a substitute for personalized advice from a professional. If you want to know if Horehound is a plant that may be beneficial in your case, consult a health professional who can know your medical history and your specific needs so that they can recommend a treatment adapted to your circumstances.

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