What the Heck is Horehound?

What the Heck is Horehound?

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It might sound like a dirty word, but Horehound is anything but! This furry plant is known for its medicinal qualities and has been utilized as a household tonic for centuries. Today, Horehound is still used in cough drops and candies as a soothing sweet!

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The plant itself is rather unique. A member of the mint family, the leaves have a distinct furry texture and meatiness to them that makes horehound a very hearty herb. It’s known for its bitter taste (something between root beer and licorice) which causes the body to regulate breathing and digestion.

 

Throughout history, horehound has been used in a variety of ritualistic and medicinal ways. In medieval Europe, it was even used to ward off a witch’s spell! Egyptians once called horehound the “Seed of Horus”, which could possibly be the origin of the strange name. It also shows just how sacred they thought horehound to be!

 

Are you intrigued by this fascinating and useful plant? Pick up some horehound candy drops from our store and feel the rejuvenating effects! Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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