Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Marrubium album

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marrubium vulgare L.

Etymology

Latin name of Marrubium is said to be derived from Maria urbs, an ancient town of Italy. Other authors derive its name from the Hebrew marrob (a bitter juice), and state that it was one of the bitter herbs which the Jews were ordered to take for the Feast of Passover.

Family

Traditional name

Syn.: Marrubium album, lanatum, germanicum, Prasium marrubium
     German: Gemeiner Andorn

Used parts

Infusions, Tincture and all potencies.

Classification

Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Lamiidae / Tubiflorae; Lamiales; Labiatae / Lamiaceae - Mint Family

Keywords

Original proving

Description of the substance

Marrubium vulgare (horehound) DP is an aromatic perennial herb native to Europe,indigenous to Britain, western Asia and north Africa. A pale, spreading, bushy plant growing to 80cm, with leaves and stems covered with white, cottony hairs, especially on the lower leaf surface. The leaves are in opposite pairs, deeply veined with irregular, crinkly margins. Small white flowers are produced during summer and autumn in dense whorls in the leaf axils along the upper part of the shoot. Dispersed by the dry, hooked, seed-bearing calyx that contaminates wool. Found near Perth, in the lower south-west, the eastern Goldfields and the Nullarbor.

Climate range.............................................    Temperate, Cool
Aspect range.................................................Fullsun,Halfsun
Mature height................................................ 2'
Mature width...................................................1'
Special purpose.............................................Medicinal
Foliage type.....................................................Perennial
Soil Type...........................................................Well drained
Propagation......................................................Seed
Sow-Plant..........................................................Spring
Space Apart......................................................6"
Flowering Season............................................Summer
Flower Color.......................................................Pink, White

Horehound is a woolly herb with a faint scent of Wormwood, crinkled hairy leaves, and flowering stems with whorls of small white blossoms in summer.