The Horehound herb, also called Houndsbane, is indigenous to the Mediterranean area of Asia. It now grows in Central Europ, America, South Africa, and Australia. It prefers dry, bare and open areas. It’s a member of the mint family and grows to about twenty inches. It produces gray leaves from a long wood stem and grows white flowers that change into a burr containing the seeds. It is gathered in spring.
The Romans and other ancient civilizations used horehound to treat various ailments. The Egyptians used it as a fly repellent. It is often used to flavor candies and some beverages.