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    White Horehound, the forgotten healing plant

I have this weed growing all over my property. When I first moved here I was on a mission to eradicate it with vengeance. There is a irritating thorny seed pot on these things that sticks to everything. 
When I started on this journey of learning about herbs and healing plants how was I to know I had a gift in this white horehound. 
I have a little problem with my lungs, a touch of asthma and allergies can make me congested. I made a tincture of this noxious plant and started taking it every day. Who knew how well it would work. While I still have allergies, my lungs are clear, no more "whistling" at night. 

Web MD.com says:
 White horehound is a plant. The parts that grow above the ground are used to make medicine.

White horehound is used for digestion problems including loss of appetite, indigestion, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, and liver and gallbladder complaints. It is also used for lung and breathing problems including cough, whooping cough, asthma, tuberculosis, bronchitis, and swollen breathing passages.

Women use white horehound for painful menstrual periods.

People also use it for yellowed skin (jaundice), to kill parasitic worms, to cause sweating, and to increase urine production.

White horehound is sometimes applied to the skin for skin damage, ulcers, and wounds.

In manufacturing, the extracts of white horehound are used as flavoring in foods and beverages, and as expectorants in cough syrups and lozenges. Expectorants are ingredients that make it easier to cough up phlegm.

How does it work?
The chemicals in white horehound can thin mucus secretions, reduce spasms in the stomach and intestines, and decrease swelling (inflammation).

So... there ya go :)  I plan on making some horehound cough drops, but for now I have the tinctures made up for anyone that is interested.  They are $10 an oz. plus shipping.  Give me a call or send an email if you want more information. 

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