Botanical Name: Marrubium vulgare
- English: White or Common Horehound
- Unani: Faraasiyun
- Also, known as: Maurerandorn, White Horehound, Marrube blanc, Marrubio, Marrube des Champs, Marrube Commun, Marrube Vulgaire, Marrubii Herba, Marrubio Blanco, Marrobio bianco, Gemeene malrove, Wild Horehound, Woolly Horehound, Malrove, Marrubio Bonhomme, Grand Bonhomme, Herbe aux Crocs, Herbe Vierge, Houndsbane, Marrubium, Marrubium vulgare
Parts Used: Entire plant
Marrubium vulgare is an herbaceous perennial plant, grows to an average height of 30-35 cm which is clothed in white, downy hairs, giving it a hoary appearance. Horehound leaves are unique as they are wooly and whitish-gray in colour and crinkled-looking. Its stems are stout, four-angled and mainly erect, with opposite, ovate, rugose, crenately-toothed and softly white hairy leaves which are 3-5 cm long. They have an extremely sharp aroma when crushed. Pungent white flowers are borne just above the leaves in dense clusters and they appear on the upper portion of the main stalk in small white clusters. They are small, strongly two-lipped and densely crowded in the upper most axils of the stems. Its does not appear on the plant until the second or third year of growth. The whole herb is use for medicinal purpose. In the past, the herb was mostly collected from the wild but today it is cultivated for commercial use.
How to use:
The basic method for dried herbs and flower is, take 2-3 tablespoons of dried herb in a cup or teapot. Pour hot water over it and cover it with lid for 10-30 minutes. Hot water is needed to draw out the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins, flavonoids, and volatile oils from the botanicals. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal tea with a bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
- You can make ice cubes or pops by freezing tea in ice trays or pop molds.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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