White horehound is a bitter herb from the mint family that grows like a weed in many areas of the world. Some suggest that the Egyptian god Horus could be a reason for its name. Priests in ancient Egypt may have called horehound the seed of Horus and used it in an antidote formula for poison, as did Caesar in the Roman era.
White horehound is an excellent respiratory tonic.
Native American tribes have had many uses for horehound. Records show that ten tribes used it to treat various respiratory ailments, including two tribes which had a specific mixture for children’s colds. Some tribes used also horehound as a kidney flush, as a skin ointment, and as an antidiarrheal.
Other benefits from using white horehound are:
- relieving pain
- promoting good digestion
- reducing bloating
- improving the appetite
- stimulating bile flow
- lowering blood pressure
- reducing spasms (antispasmodic)
- killing intestinal parasites
- easing morning sickness
- relieving nausea or vomiting
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