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Main properties:
  • effective for coughs and colds
  • for gastrointestinal upset
  • also good for your heart
  • for people with type 2 diabetes
Quality guarantee:
  • All herbs are grown in Chile
  • Botica del Alma has a SEREMI agreement to package the herbs
  • The company is also supported by CORFO

More details

Horehound is a perennial flowering plant, native to northern Africa, especially Morocco. It grows up to 45cm and has small white or purple flowers.

Botanical name

Marrubium vulgare

Other names

White horehound, marrubio

Plant part used

Aerial (above ground) parts

Benefits of horehound for your health

  • White horehound has expectorant properties, that make it an effective treatment for coughs and colds. It can also be useful for respiratory problems such as asthma, whooping cough and bronchitis.
  • Being a member of the mint family, horehound stimulates digestion, reduces bloating and constipation. For treatment of gastrointestinal upset, take thirty minutes before eating.
  • White horehound is also good for your heart: one of its compounds, marrubiin, is a potent pain reliever and nervous system stimulant. It also helps to stabilize heart rhythm and to normalize irregular heartbeat.
  • It might be useful for people with type 2 diabetes, and it is known to reduce your blood sugar level.

Use and dosage

Which format is best for you? How often should you take it? Let's have a look.

Capsules: take 1 capsule 3 times a day.

Choose capsules if you need to carry the herb with you during the day (at work for example). That's the best format if you don't have time to do an infusion, or if you don't like the herbal taste of infusions.

Infusion bags: Drink 3 cups per day. Infuse one bag 3 minutes in hot water

If you like drinking infusions, infusion bags are the most convenient choice. The right amount of herb has been put in the bag to allow you to do one cup of infusion, without having to spend time measuring the quantity of herb to add in the cup.

Bulk format: Drink 3 cups per day. Infuse one tablespoon in one liter of hot water for 3 minutes. For smaller quantity (such as a mug), use one teaspoon.

Bulk format is a little less convenient to use because you need to put the correct amount of herb in the water, and have a filter to remove it after 3 minutes (otherwise the infusion will have a very strong herbal taste that some people do not like). This bulk format is yet still useful if you want to prepare a larger quantity of infusion, notably when you want to use the infusion topically, by applying it to the skin with a compress (for bruises and hematomas or example).


White horehound is considered safe. Have in mind that:

  • it can lower blood sugar and/or blood pressure: don't use it while taking diabetes medications (you blood sugar level could go too low) or if you already have low blood pressure or are using medications to lower your blood pressure.

Pregnancy use

Not recommended to use it while pregnant. It could start menstruation and could cause a miscarriage.

Shipping in Chile

Shipping is available for all Chile. Products are sent by CorreosChile.

Most products are shipped on the next day. Some products that we do not sell frequently (such as essential oils in bottles of 10mL or 30mL) require an extra day. This is due to the fact that they are made to order by the manufacturer, so that you get the freshest product possible.

For more information, you can click here to view the FAQ, or contact us by mail or chat.

Pick-up in Santiago

We are an online retailer. Therefore, the address mentioned at the bottom of the website is not a shop and no products are sold there.

However, free delivery is possible near station Tobalaba. We are usually available for our clients on Tuesday and Thursday between 6:00pm and 7:30pm, and on Wednesday and Friday between 1:30pm and 3pm.

You must first confirm and pay your order online. We will then send you an email when your order is ready (usually the next day), so that you can come to pick your order.

Shipping in Latin America

We plan to start shipping in Latin America from first half of 2016. If you are interested, feel free to contact us for more information. So that we can better assist you, we recommend you to create an account, then add to your cart the products you want us to ship to you. This will allow us to give you a more precise quote quickly.

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