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Alternative Names

Bonhomme, Common Horehound, Grand Bonhomme, Herbe aux Crocs, Herbe Vierge, Horehound, Houndsbane, Marrube Blanc, Marrube des Champs, Marrube Commun, Marrube Vulgaire, Marrubii Herba, Marrubio Blanco, Marrubium, Mastranzo CAUTION: Please refer to separate listing for Black Horehound

Scientific Name

Marrubium Vulgare

Why Do People Use Horehound?

Oral preparations of Marrubium vulgare (Horehound), like horehound powder, are used for loss of appetite, bronchitis, cough, whooping cough, respiratory tract mucous membrane inflammation, tuberculosis, asthma, bloating and flatulence, indigestion, jaundice, diarrhea, liver and gallbladder complaints, debility and also to treat painful menstruation. It is also used as a laxative, as a diuretic, an anthelmintic and to induce sweating. Topically - Horehound is used for ulcers, skin damage and for wounds when used topically. In Manufacturing Practices - Horehound extracts are used as flavoring agents in a number of beverages and food items and as an expectorant in lozenges and cough syrups.

Is It Safe To Use?

Likely Safe - Orally consumed horehound powder in amounts commonly found in foods is reported safe to use. horehound has attained Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status in the United States. Whereas, orally and appropriately used horehound is also thought to be safe for individuals. Possibly Unsafe - Orally used horehound in excessive amount may have laxative effects. However, about the topical or long term oral safety, there is scarce and unreliable information available. Likely Unsafe in Pregnancy - Orally used horehound may stimulate menstrual flow or may have abortifacient effect. Avoid During Lactation - Breastfeeding mothers are not advised oral or topical usage of horehound greater than the amount found in food items because there is insufficient and unreliable information available regarding its safety.

How Effective Is Horehound?

To rate the effectiveness of horehound powder, there lack of authentic information available.

How Horehound Works?

The most effective part of Marrubium vulgare are the aerial parts. Horehound powder consists of bitter ingredients, marrubiin, tannins and volatile oil. The constituent known as marrubiin does not exist in the new plant, it is obtained from premarrubiin during processing procedure. The horehound’s colatile oil shows expectorant, vasodilation and also antischistosomal effects as well. Initial clinical studies suggest that the derivative of hydroxycinnamic may have weak antioxidant activity. Other studies also refer that marrubinic acid may empower bile emission. Marrubiin's expectorant impacts may result because of direct stimulation of bronchial mucosal secretion. Marrubiin may act to stabalize extrasystolic arrhythmias but excessive dosage may result in arrhythmias. Liquid extract diminishes spasms of gastrointestinal (GI) tract.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Horehound?

Orally - Excessive dosage of horehound powder can have purgative effects. Topically - Skin related issues may be raised due to horehound, such as contact dermatitis.

How Horehound Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Not known.

How Horehound Interacts With Drugs?

Not known.

How Horehound Interacts With Foods?

Not known.

How Horehound Interacts With Lab Tests?

Not known.

How Horehound Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Cardiac Conditions - Excessive dosage of Marrubium vulgare may result in arrhythmias.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Horehound?

ORAL Common dosage of horehound consumed orally is one cup of tea or 1-2 grams of dried aerial parts thrice every day before meals to boost the bile secretion or during the day as an expectorant. To make tea of horehound, mix 1-2 grams dried aerial parts in 150 mL boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes and then straining the liquid. Up to 2-6 tablespoons of pressed juice (or equivalent preparations) or 4.5 grams dried aerial parts should be used daily. Particular dosage of pressed juice should be consumed 30-60 mL every day. Liquid extract (1:1 in 25% ethanol) can also be consumed in an amount 1-3 mL thrice every day. Up to 2 mL of the tincture (1:10 in 45% concentrated alcohol) has been used thrice every day. TOPICAL There is no information about the topical dosage of horehound.


Horehound name is derived from ancient Greece where it was used for treating mad-dog bites.

General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.

Specification Sheets

Horehound Powder


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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