What is White Horehound
White horehound, also known as Seed of horus, bull’s blood, eye of the star, houndsbane, grand bonhomme, blanc rubi, is the common name of Marrubium vulgare. White horehound is an herbaceous perennial plant with leaves that are grayish in color.
The flowers of the plant are located on top of the main stalk and can be identified by their small white clusters. White Horehound possesses many health benefits and is an important herbal medicine due to the many ailments that it can treat, in conjunction with other plants. The flowers and leaves of this plant are used in the extraction of essential oils. Not only does the White Horehound plant have medicinal uses, but it also has culinary uses and these two uses are closely connected with each other.
Benefits of White Horehound
Digestion – White Horehound is effective in the treatment of constipation and indigestion. Because the herb contains anti-inflammatory properties and natural antiseptic qualities, it can be used to cleanse the gastrointestinal tract and improve the way that it works. By using White Horehound on a regular basis, research has shown that it can prevent constipation, excess bloating and even hemorrhoids.
Cancer – One of the active ingredients of the White Horehound plant is called apigenin. This compound has been proven to have anticancer properties. The use of the plant may aid in the treatment or prevention of colorectal cancers due to the presence of this active ingredient.
Other benefits include cough relief, motion sickness remedy, bronchitis and as a appetite stimulant.
How to Use White Horehound
By using the dried leaves of the white horehound, one is able to make horehound tea. Start by pouring boiling water over two teaspoons of the leaves. Allow the tea to steep for at least five minutes before straining the leaves. To improve the taste of the tea, you can add some raw honey and a squeeze of lemon juice.
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