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Horehound (Dried/Fresh) (Black Horehound)
Horehound (Dried/Fresh) (Black Horehound)
Horehound (Dried/Fresh) (Black Horehound)

Horehound (Dried/Fresh) (Black Horehound)

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Black Horehound (Ballota Nigra)

White Horehound is a well-known pectoral remedy, extensively used in coughs, hoarseness, asthma, bronchitis, and consumption; but when boiled it gives off a peculiar, bitter, nauseous principle, which tastes and smells like Bitter Aloes, and is liable to purge freely if taken by persons of weak constitution; for which reason it is best to use Black Horehound only.

Therapeutic Principles: Resin, Resinoid, Alkaloid, and Neutral.

Medicinal Properties: Diuretic, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue, Febrifuge, Expectorant, Pectoral, Alterative, Tonic, Nervine, Antacid.

It may be employed in amenorrhoea, menorrhagia, dysmenorrhoea, hysteria, gravel, dropsy, stomach affections, coughs, hoarseness, bronchitis, consumption, loss of appetite, debility, general weakness, loss of energy, nervous affections, &c. It may be used in infusion, decoction, fluid extract, solid extract; in powder, pills, or tincture; or it may be chewed in the mouth either in the fresh or dried state, and the juice swallowed.

Black Horehound is one of the most efficacious remedies we have for the cure of biliousness, bilious colic, and sour belchings. In the above complaints it is as near a specific as any remedy well can be. The relief it affords is both prompt and certain, for if only a leaf or a piece of the stem be chewed, and the juice swallowed, it will be found to act as if a current of electricity had passed into the stomach, allaying all the symptoms momentarily. In coughs, bronchitis, and asthma it is exceedingly useful. In chronic coughs, accompanied by spitting of blood, it will be found most excellent, either alone or combined with other reliable remedies, such as Lobelia, Marshmallow, Hyssop, &c. Its action is most reliable, as it resolves the viscidity of the mucus secretions, and acts as an alterative-tonic upon the mucous follicles, deterges and heals the diseased membranes, and corrects the acrimony of the discharges. In all cases of consumption it will be found a most useful remedy, as it not only corrects the acrimony of the mucus discharges, but soothes the irritation of the nerves caused by the fit of coughing, thereby making it easier for the patient in nervous affections. In the pains of labour, combined with Motherwort it will be found an excellent remedy.

In suppressed, and also in excessive, menstruation it is simply wonderful. It may seem contradictory to the ordinary reader to say that it may be prescribed in what are generally considered to be opposite conditions of the system; but when it is understood that in either case the disturbance of the physiological condition is simply due to a loss of equilibrium, and that the Black Horehound exerts such an influence as will restore the necessary nnequilibrium, it will be seen that it may be intelligently applicable to either case.

It should always be remembered that disease arises from obstruction, and that until this obstruction is removed and any injury to the part is repaired, there is always a disturbance of the equilibrium of the blood circulation and the nerve force.

We offer horehound Fresh • Dried and seeds to grow your own.  

Horehound seed 25 ct 

Full sunlight for best results, will grow in the shade.

Drought resistant.

 These plants grow very aggressively and should only be grown if you have the time to look after them and weed them properly. Always deadhead flowers before they set seed to prevent spread. Weed unwanted seedlings ruthlessly. 

Incredibly easy to grow and pleasing to the eye. The silver green leaves of the horehound are a welcome aesthetic to your herb garden. 



Benefits of Horehound Tea

So how can this herbal medicine help you? Horehound tea is a healthy solution to your ailments due to its many constituents that work together to protect you.

Among these constituents you will find vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, iron, potassium, volatile oil, resin, tannin, wax, fat, sugar, flavonoids, caffeic acid, and most importantly the bitter marrubiin.

Let’s see what benefits this tea has in store for you.


Respiratory Illnesses

    • Horehound tea is a great herbal blend for the many nasty flu and cold symptoms. The marrubiin present in this herb makes it act mainly as an expectorant, helping with coughs by dissolving phlegm that is causing congestion in your lungs.

    • Drinking horehound tea is great to obtain relief from inflammation to the lungs, bringing a soothing sensation to the airways, reducing itching sensations of a painful sore throat.

    • Clearing lungs and throat means breathing better. And that also means that this tea can help with headaches caused by sinus infection.

      If you have difficulty breathing, less oxygen reaches your brain which can cause quite painful headaches and a constant feeling of exhaustion.

    • This tea fights not only cold symptoms but also various other upper respiratory disorders causing breathing difficulties, like asthma, bronchitis, wheezing coughs, whooping coughs and even tuberculosis.

  • Sweeten your tea with honey, for added benefits when fighting a cold and the nasty coughs that come with it. Breathe, smile and stay healthy!

Digestion Problems and Acid Indigestion

    • The good thing about Horehound tea is that it also is a great digestive tonic. It focuses mainly on acid indigestion, so take a cup of tea before bed and feel the liberating sensation of a faster digestion.

      How? Well, this tea helps to deal with acid reflux that is bound to keep tossing and turning all night.

    • Sometimes you just feel the uncomfortable sensations of bloating or gas. Horehound tea can help with both of these problems by promoting the healthy flow of gastric juices and the production of bile.

  • This herbal tea is a great remedy to return your whole digestive system to full health, increasing your appetite, helping you to better absorb nutrients with every mouthful and, finally, even aiding you in getting rid of intestinal worms.

Other Health Benefits

    • If you’ve cut yourself, have a minor wound or skin abrasion and you haven’t any skin disinfecting agents in your medicine cabinet, then go to the kitchen and make yourself a pot of horehound tea.

      Let it cool and then apply it as a skin wash. Its antiseptic properties make it a great disinfectant, meaning that you will heal faster.

    • This tea exhibits antispasmodic, diaphoretic, and diuretic properties.

    • Horehound tea has been long used to treat uterine fibrosis. Women may also find this tea helpful to ease cramps and pains associated with menstruation. So ladies, this one is a must have when that time of the month comes around.

  • Finally, this wonderful tea also shows benefits at the heart level, improving heart muscle contractions, reducing both sugar and bad cholesterol levels in the blood, while at the same time increasing the levels of good cholesterol.

Side Effects of Horehound Tea

Before taking this tea, please consider the following recommendations:

    • Talk to your doctor before taking horehound tea in medicinal doses.

      There is still not enough evidence as to the real effectiveness of this herbal tea and though it has been banned by the FDA as a cough remedy, European consumers still have access to this herb be it in cough syrups or lozenges.

    • Though there have been some side effects reported such as hallucinations, pupil dilation, irregular heartbeat, and dryness of mouth.

      These are rare and can be associated with overconsumption, so reduce your horehound tea intake and these symptoms should naturally go away.

    • In the appropriate amount, adjusted to their weight, this is an herb that may be considered safe for children.

  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid this tea, exactly because of the lack of proof and testing that guarantees that this tea is safe for you at this stage in your life.

Drinking Horehound Tea

Get your teacup ready and let’s learn how to make horehound tea.

Water temperature: 100ºC / 212ºF
Quantity: 1tsp per cup (250ml)
Steeping Time: 5 min
Sweetener: Honey

    • Start by boiling water for your tea.

    • Place a teaspoon of horehound leaves per cup of tea inside your teapot.

    • Pour the boiling water over the leaves. And then allow to steep for about 5 minutes. The longer you let it steep, the stronger your tea will become.

    • Strain the tea, using a filter or cheesecloth and you will be left with a clear light amber colored brew.

    • Sweeten it with honey and add a bit of lemon juice. The taste of the tea is quite bitter, but using honey will be a better choice than sugar, particularly if you are trying to cure a nasty cough.

  • Let your tea to cool. It is recommended that you take it lukewarm for best results.

How to take your tea:

    • For coughs and as an expectorant, take a half cup of this tea every few hours.

  • To help you digest better and deal with acid indigestion, then you should take a cup of tea about 30 minutes before each meal.

Here’s a tip: If you get fresh horehound leaves, then either use them fresh or dry them immediately and always keep the dried leaves in an airtight container.