Horehound

Sustainability > Gardening

Horehound (Marrubium vulgare) is a flowering plant in the mint family. It grows quite well here in Zone 6b. I just have a couple of plants, but they produce quite enough for our needs.

In the late summer, when it is flowering, and late in the day I go out and pick the leaves. I am always careful to leave the youngest leaves and enough leaves so that the roots are fed and ready to survive the upcoming cold.

The following is how I use horehound. It should not construed to be medical advice.

Use 1: You can dry the leaves and then steep 1 tsp of leaves in hot water for a sore throat.

Use 2: You can mix a leaf with honey and chew on it for a sore throat or cough.

Or Use 3, which is how I prefer . . . Horehound cough drops

Make no mistake, this is not candy. It is quite bitter, but it is an effective cough drop. You can suck on it, like normal, or let it dissolve in a bit of hot water, add honey and drink.

Recipe:

  • 1 cup fresh horehound leaves
  • 2 cups water
  • Let boil for 20 minutes
  • Let cool and then strain out the leaves, I squeeze the leaves to release all the oils. I normally get about a 1/4 cup liquid.
  • Put liquid into a sauce pan, add 2 cups of sugar, and boil to the candy stage. ( I test by dropping a drop in a glass of cold water, if it stays together, it is candy stage. You can also use a thermometer.)
  • Put a silicone mat in a baking sheet and pour the horehound mixture onto it. Place in refrigerator until solid. You could also use small candy molds (and those are on my wish list for next year)
  • The next day, remove from tray (or molds), break into pieces, wrap in wax paper, and store in jars.
  • I keep most of mine in the freezer, but leave a jar or two in the fridge.

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