Horehound is a medicinal herb that has been used since the ancient times to treat several common illnesses such as cough. Recent studies have shown that this plant can also help lower blood pressure and lower blood sugar levels safely. Its scientific name is Marrubium vulgare and is found in Europe and the United States.
There are several ways to decrease the glucose level using horehound.
- Horehound tea is already commercially available and you can find it in grocery stores and supermarkets. You can drink this tea to maintain your blood sugar level. Always check your glucose level before and after drinking a cup of horehound tea so you know how much a cup affects your body.
- Horehound is also available in candy form, so you can carry it around and if you feel or find out your sugar level is high and you do not have your medications with you, you can take a horehound candy as “first aid”. Make sure you take your regular medication and do not depend on the candies alone.
- You can also opt to plant horehound in your garden so you can make natural horehound tea in your kitchen. Simply gather fresh horehound leaves and dry them for future use. To make tea, use 1 teaspoon of chopped horehound leaves, 1 cup of water, honey and lemon juice. Boil the water first in a pot, the turn the heat off after it boils. Then put in the horehound leaves and cover the pot halfway. Leave it for 10 to 15 minutes, then strain the tea, remove the dried leaves and pour the tea into a cup. If you can stand it, you can already drink the tea this way. You can also add honey and lemon juice for it to taste better. Do not use sugar since you are trying to avoid the rise in your glucose level.
- Natural and commercial horehound tea may cause the stomach to be acidic, so make sure you do not have any digestive problems before you drink horehound tea. Drink only one cup of horehound tea a day and observe its effects on your glucose level.
You cannot depend on horehound alone to maintain your glucose level. Make sure you watch your diet and lifestyle as well to avoid increasing your blood sugar level. Along with your horehound tea and candy, take lots of water and take time to rest and sleep. Also do some exercise appropriate for your health condition and age.
Most important of all, consult with your doctor whether a horehound therapy is a good thing for your condition, and whether you can use it as maintenance to do away with synthetic drugs and medicines. Also take note of the possible side effects of horehound, such as lowering of blood pressure. This may be good if you are hypertensive, but if you have normal to low blood pressure, consult with your doctor before taking horehound in any form.