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Horehound tea : Benefits and properties

by Dianna Leon
Horehound Tea

The horehound, with the scientific name Marrubium vulgare, is a medicinal plant also known as mint-do-maranhão, mint-da-leaf-coarse, or white horehound, belonging to the family of Labiadas. It is a perennial, aromatic, and woody plant that can reach up to 60 centimeters in height.

Originally from Europe and Asia, today the marroio can also be found in North and South America, growing in dry land and with sun exposure. The scientific name of this plant is derived from the Jewish word “marrob,” which means “bitter.” Morroio is traditionally used in home medicine and is used in sweets, liqueurs, and cough drops.

The properties of the horehound

  • Antipyretic action;
  • Expectorant ;
  • Diuretics;
  • Cardiac stimulant;
  • Digestive;
  • Choleretic (increases biliary secretion);
  • Antiseptic;
  • Fluidizer;
  • Cough soothing;
  • Stomach tonic.

Benefits and indications for use

Due to its properties, the horehound is a plant widely used to treat respiratory problems, such as coughing or phlegm. In addition, this plant can also be used to help treat cases of flu, dyspepsia, digestion problems, loss of appetite, flatulence, fever, swelling, hepatobiliary problems, and spasms.

Ancient Egyptians and different cultures already widely used white horehound to treat various respiratory diseases. Some herbalists also recommend this medicinal plant for the treatment of liver problems.

How to use horehound?

To enjoy the benefits provided by the plant, prepare a tea in which all its parts can be used.

horehound tea


– 1 tablespoon of dried horehound leaves and flowers;
– 1 cup of boiling water.

Preparation mode:

Place a tablespoon of the dried leaves and flowers of the plant in 1 cup of boiling water and let it rest for 10 minutes. After this period, strain. The indication for consumption is 3 cups of horehound infusion a day.

Side effects and contraindications

Although no side effects were found for the use of horehound, remember that all treatment, including natural medicines, must be carried out under the guidance of specialists. The use of horehound is contraindicated for pregnant women, in the lactation phase, or for young children.

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