White Common Horehound - Effective Herb for High Blood Pressure
Marrubium vulgare Lamiaceae Also called Common horehound
A native if the Mediterranean, white horehound is seen throughout Europe, priferring warm, sunny locations, cften by roadsides. Its erect, hairy stems reach 30-60cm in height and bear wrinkly leaves with scallop-shaped indentations. In summer, small white flowers appear where the leaves join the stem. The plant has an apple-like smell.
The flowers contain bitter diterpenes, including marrubiin, premarrubiin and marrubic acid. Other constituents include flavonoids, alkaloids and a small amount of essential oil.
The plant is traditionally used to treat coughs and it is one of the most effective herbal expectorants known. It works by breaking up and releasing phlegm, exerting an antispasmodic action and relieving inflammation in the respiratory tract. The expectorant activity of white horehound has been verified by experiments performed in 1976.
Due to its bitter constituents (in particular marrubiin), white horehound stimulates the appetite and aids digestion.
When used externally, white horehound is a treatment for ulcers and wounds that exude pus or that are slow to heal.
An animal study in 2001 highlighted the potential of white horehound for treating high blood pressure.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT minor digestive problems, stubborn coughs
For external use
TO TREAT ulcers, wounds discharging pus
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
Plant in well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in a sunny location. Choose a wild part of the garden as the plant can be invasive.
High doses of marrubiin can adversely affect the heart.
Pregnant women should avoid this herb, while those who are breastfeeding should limit consumption to small amounts.
EventsAyurveda Lecturer in Europe
Date : 28th-29th Nov, 2015
Date : 16th-27th June, 2015
Ayurveda - God's
This book on Ayurveda is meant for people interested to know about basics concepts of Ayurvedic healing and learn ayurveda concepts. Though there are many books Read More
Connect with us