Horehound is yet another property of the insanely popular mint family Lamiaceae. This flowering plant can attain a height of not more than 20 inches. It is readily acknowledged by long yet crinkled grey leaves with soft wool. Horehound flowers are utterly beautiful due to their pure white colors that appear in cluster form.
Horehound is an herbaceous perennial which proffers balsamic odor and very bitter taste that tends to stay a little longer than our endurance. All the parts of this magical plant are cheered due to their medicinal benefits.
Anciently, horehound was considered as an anti-magic herb due to its protective nature against witchcraft. It was customarily called as ‘Seed of Horus’ and ‘the Bull’s Blood’ by the well-reputed Egyptian priests.
Medicinally, the horehound is used to treat gastrointestinal tract problems, such as indigestion, loss of appetite, flatulence, bloating, ulcer, diarrhea, and constipation. Horehound also proves to be fruitful for respiratory tract disorder including asthma, bronchitis, tuberculosis, and whooping cough.
All the pharmacological activities of the magical horehound are attributed to the active phytochemicals found in it like alkaloids, flavonoids, marrubiin, and other essential volatile oils.