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Have you ever heard of “white horehound?” Unless you’re an amateur botanist, chances are that the average person’s knowledge of plants doesn’t extend that far. Marrubium Vulgare (also referred to as “common horehound”) is a perennial herb in the mint family that is native to Europe, Northern Africa and parts of Asia.

Here at Quality Candy, we use white horehound to make some of our delicious hard candy drops, though it’s also commonly found in beverages such as tea, cocktails and soda.

As if being delicious wasn’t enough, some researchers claim that there are a few impressive health benefits to consuming white horehound. For example, extract of the herb, when taken regularly, may significantly reduce overall cholesterol levels by helping eliminate “bad” cholesterol and preventing the build up of plaque in your heart.

Along with lower cholesterol levels, regular consumption of white horehound is associated with the reduction of blood sugar levels. Researchers claim that when horehound is introduced into the body, it is able to handle large amounts of glucose more efficiently, making it a potential solution for diabetics.

Perhaps the oldest of its health benefit claims, white horehound is alleged to be excellent at alleviating issues related to indigestion, particularly constipation. The anti-inflammatory properties of the herb help eliminate inflammation in the colon, preventing excess bloating and constipation. Be warned, If you suffer from ulcers or other serious stomach issues, consumption of white horehound may exacerbate the symptoms.

Finally, white horehound can help improve your immune system. The plant contains certain antibiotic and antimicrobial properties that make it a natural way to boost your immune system by protecting it from pathogens and other foreign agents.

If you are afflicted by none of these common health issues, let me be the first to congratulate you on your clean bill of health. That being said, you don’t need to be sick to enjoy the unique and delicious taste of white horehound. Make sure to visit and order some of our horehound hard candy drops today!