This month on the Herbal Collections blog, master herbalist Mary Colvin writes about white horehound, an ancient herb commonly used to relieve coughs and sore throats.
She writes, "This perennial herb has been used for nearly 2,000 years. It was used by the Egyptians, and it was first introduced by Galen (Roman physician) as a remedy for coughs and respiratory problems. In the Middle Ages, this herb was popular as an ingredient in gruit (beer made from a mixture of herbs before the use of hops). This bitter herb also made Horehound ale a common drink in England and Australia in the 17th and 18th centuries. Most people know this herb as an old- fashioned candy that is soothing for coughs and sore throats."