Marrubium vulgare

Marrubium vulgare L.

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

  • White Horehound
  • جعصاص بري
  • ju'seis barri
  • מַרְמַר מָצוּי
  • מַרוּביוּן מָצוּי
  • marmar matzuy
  • marubion matzuy

Chamaephyte

  • Nutrient-rich soils
  • ruderal

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Marrubium vulgare L.

System/StateTraditional
Complaint/Use
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/Administration

Parts Used

Source
Dermatological

Eczema

Anti-inflammatory

Cook non-woody parts in sesame oil, prepare salve & apply to lesions.

TaprootZ
Dermatological

Open boils & purulent lesions

Anti-Infective, Vulnerary

Cook plant in water & apply to affected area with wet cloth soaked in the liquid.

RootB
Endocrine/ Metabolic

Diabetes

Hypoglycemic

Use aerial parts. (Preparation/ Admin. not specified.)

RootB
Gastrointestinal

Abdominal pain

Carminative

Cook plant in water & drink.

RootB, Z
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Rheumatic pain

Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

1. Add plant to bathwater + salt.
2. Use as incense prepared + salt + "shabba" (alum: hydrated double sulfate salt of aluminium).

RootB
Respiratory

Expectorant

Expectorant

Decoct plant in water & drink.

RootB
Wound Healing

Antiseptic for skin & wounds/ lesions

Anti-septic

Apply fresh plant juice to affected area.

RootB
Wound Healing

Heal wounds & skin lesions

Vulnerary

Cook non-woody parts in sesame oil, prepare salve & apply to lesion.

TaprootZ

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Z mentions that in Yemen Marrubium vulgare is also used used for diabetes.

Marrubium vulgare contains the diterpene lactone, marrubine which may cause cardiac arrthymias, act as a laxative in large doses & affect blood pressure & blood glucose levels. Avoid in pregnancy, breast feeding & if taking conventional medication for diabetes. Juice can be irritant to skin causing dermatosis.