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“Horehound” A well-known throat and lung remedy

Marrubium vulgare, Labiatae                                                                 

Found in dry; waste places preferring poor soil. Leaves are grey-green, rough, slightly wooly, and have the scent of vines. The flowers are small, white, pungent of scent, and encircle the stems in whorls. This is a bitter aromatic herb. Should be gathered when young, before flowering.

Use, internal:

General tonic. A well-known throat and lung remedy. Treatment of sore throat, coughs, colds, hoarseness, asthma, tuberculosis, all lung disorders. To reduce fevers, expel worms. Horehound contains a powerful substance, marrubium, which promotes perspiration and the flow of urine, and is also laxative and vermifuge.

Use, external:

For earache. Drop a half-teaspoon of the Standard Brew into the ears several times daily and then massage the bas of the ear. Dose: Of a Standard Brew, two tablespoons, sweetened with honey, twice daily.

Horehound Syrup:

Heat together one cupful brown sugar, two tablespoons honey, the juice from half a lemon (about one teaspoon of juice), one teaspoonful oil such as sunflower or corn. When the syrup has thickened, stir in a strong Standard Brew made from a large handful of horehound leaves steeped in water overnight.

Horehound Candy:

Long known as a soothing syrup and tonic sweet, horehound candy used to be on sale in grocers’ shops in Victorian times, and was a favorite with children: a healthful sweet. Into two pounds of brown or lump white sugar (latter is most typical for horehound candy, though less healthful), stir four tablespoons of horehound infusion (the strained liquid obtained from boiling a handful or the dried herb in one and a half cups of water). Mix in two teaspoons of thick honey. Boil together for a half-hour, or until a portion taken hardens when dropped into cold water. Then pour onto a cold marble slab (preferably) or into shallow tin molds dusted with icing sugar.

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