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Horehound Plant

Horehound Plant

Horehound Plant

Horehound is a horse mint, which is also called wintergreen in the United States.herb of the mint family (Lamiaceae), native to Europe, North Africa, and Central Asia. The plant has naturalized throughout much of North and South America and is considered an invasive species in parts of Australia and New Zealand. The leaves and flowering tops are used as flavouring for beverages and candies, and infusions or extracts of horehound in the form of syrups, teas, or lozenges are sometimes used in herbal remedies for coughs and minor pulmonary disturbances.

Horehound

The appropriate dose of white horehound depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for white horehound. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.Native to Europe; although somewhat bitter and possessing a unique, pungent flavor, the fresh or dried leaves are edible and can be used as a seasoning or flavoring, made into pleasant tasting and medicinal tea. Horehound is often included in herbal cough drops. This species generally occurs as a weed in wildland areas of the Southwestern Region rather than as an invasive plant.

Two European insect species – a defoliator, horehound plume moth (Wheeleria spilodactylus), and a root borer, horehound clearwing moth (Chamaesphecia mysiniformis) (Weiss et al., 1998; 1999a) have been released in Australia. According to Weiss et al. (2000), W. spilodactylus had established successfully at over 100 locations. Both species may yet have a major impact on M. vulgare, and more potential biocontrol agents are under investigation in Australia.Horehound candy drops are bittersweet hard candies like cough drops that are made with sugar and an extract of M. vulgare. They are dark-colored, dissolve in the mouth, and have a flavor that has been compared to menthol and root beer. Like other products derived from M. vulgare, they are sometimes used as an unproven folk treatment for coughs and other ailments. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)

 

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