Horehound (aerial part)

Horehound, Marrubium vulgare, is an herb native to Europe and Asia. The flowers and dried leaves have been used orally since ancient Egypt and traditionally by Native American and Australian Aboriginal cultures. Horehound contains vitamin C and a number of phytochemicals, including alkaloids, flavonoids, sterols and tannins 1. Horehound and horehound extract are considered generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use in foods by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 2.

This ingredient can be found in the following products in United States:


  1. Natural Standard Database. 2009.
  2. Food and Drug Administration. EAFUS: A Food Additive Database. 10-17-2008. 12-4-2008.