Horehound

Marrubium vulgare

Eye of the Star, Seed of Horus, Soldiers' Tea, Bull's Blood

Native to

Asia, Europe, and North Africa

A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake we include it's nativity.


Parts Used

  • Leaves can be collected anytime during the growing season

  • Flowering Tops collected just after flowering in Midsummer and if you're lucky, through fall

Medicinal Actions

Note: This information is for historical and ceremonial use only, this information is not FDA-regulated or approved. When considering the Medicinal properties, do not forget that the species, application, and parts used are critical. And please read all warnings.

  • Analgesic

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Antioxidant

  • Antispasmodic

  • Antitussive

  • Aromatic

  • Bitter

  • Detoxicant

  • Diaphoretic

  • Diuretic

  • Emmenagogue

  • Expectorant

  • Mucostatic

  • Stimulant

  • Tonic

  • Vulnerary

Divinities & Mythos

  • Horus (Egyptian)

Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet(s): Mercury

  • Element(s): Air

  • Gender: Masculine

  • Taste: Acrid, Bitter, Pungent, Salty

  • Energy: Cooling, Drying, Warming

Warning: Pregnancy

Avoid ingestion while pregnant due to stimulation of the uterus.

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Horehound in Action

The Bat & Raven offers these products that utilize the properties of Horehound.

Magical Properties

  • Balance

  • Clarity

  • Clears Writers' Block

  • Creativity

  • Dispel Illusion

  • Divination

  • Exorcism

  • Focus

  • Grounding

  • Healing

  • House Blessing

  • Inspiration

  • Mental Acuity & Power

  • Protection

  • Quick Action

  • Warding

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere 
with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?