Marrubium vulgare

Marrubium vulgare L.

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

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


  • Nutrient-rich soils
  • ruderal

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Marrubium vulgare L.

Medicinal Complaints / Uses
System/State Traditional
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/ Administration
Parts Used Source



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

Aerial parts Z

Open boils & purulent lesions

Anti-Infective, Vulnerary

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

Aerial parts Z
Endocrine/ Metabolic



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

Aerial parts Z

Abdominal pain


Cook plant in water & drink.

Aerial parts 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).

Aerial parts Z



Decoct plant in water & drink.

Aerial parts Z
Wound Healing

Antiseptic for skin & wounds/ lesions


Apply fresh plant juice to affected area.

Aerial parts Z
Wound Healing

Heal wounds & skin lesions


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

Aerial parts Z

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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.