Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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White horehound
Common name:

White horehound

Synonym name:

Marrubium vulgare

Hebrew name:

מרוביון מצוי

Scientific name:

Marrubium vulgare



Arabic name:

כריהא ريهانا

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perennial plant
0.3-0.6 m
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Growing areas:
grows in most parts of the country in roadsides, in natural or abandoned fields and in landfills.


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white horehound is a Small Bush from the Lamiaceae family. Common in most parts of the country in abandoned and natural fields. Its Branches erect and covered with long hairs. Its leaves Egg-shaped. The flowers are whiteor pink and they are borne in clusters on the upper part of the main stem.
The horehound is very common in the folk medicine of the ethnic groups in Israel, especially as a remedy for infected wounds, eye infections, respiratory diseases, cough, stomach worms, anemia and heart disease.
Cough and respiratory disease: 
Soak 10 leaves of  Marrubium in half a glass of arrack for two days. Drip few drops of the tincture on a sugar cube and suck it like a kendy. 
Alcoholic extract: Soak 20 leaves of Marrubium into a glass of pure alcohol for three days. Drain the tincture and drink one teaspoon three times a day. 
This tincture is also recommended as a remedy for worms in the stomach, anemia and regulation of cardiac activity: 
For wounds:  crush Marrubium leaves and cook them in olive oil, after it cools a bit, place them on open or contaminated wounds. This treatment was proven as a very effective cure and it is also highly recommended for gangrene wounds. 
Eye drops: Dip 5 Marrubium leaves in a cup of boiling water, wait for 10 min, until it cools, filter, and Drip 2 drops of the brew into each eye.
The genus name marubion reflects the bitterness of the plant. Some researchers believe that the name Marrub originated from Hebrew and means bitter juice.