Herbs in History - Mint & Marrubium

August 30, 2023

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In an effort to preserve and share the fascinating histories of medicinal plants and herbs that have been used around the world for ages, the AHPA Foundation for Education and Research on Botanicals (AHPA-ERB Foundation) is honored to partner with Alain Touwaide, Ph.D., and Emanuela Appetiti of the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions to tell the stories of Herbs in History.

The journey into herbal history continues with mint and Marrubium. Preview the entries below and visit Herbs in History online to read more.

Mint (Mentha L.)

From the Mediterranean to the North

With many subspecies and hybrids, the Mentha genus (Lamiaceae [Labiatae]) is considered to be native to the Mediterranean. Before appearing in the botanico-medical literature, it can be found in the Greek mythology, which antedates by far and large all medical written documentation. Going further back in time, the very name of Mint in Greek, minthe, is traditionally interpreted as Pre-Greek. | Read more...


Marrubium (Marrubium vulgare L.)

A Textbook Case

Horehound, White horehound, or Hoarhound (Marrubium vulgare L.) is a classic of medicinal plants therapy. It is widely used and is recognized to be specifically efficacious in treating coughs, colds, and congestion. On this basis, one would expect to easily trace it in the ancient literature and to possibly discover on this basis leads for possible renewed uses. The endeavour quickly appears to be more difficult than expected, however. | Read more...


About the Project

Herbs in History is made possible by funding from the AHPA-ERB Foundation, as part of the nonprofit foundation's mission promote education and research on medicinal, therapeutic, and health-promoting herbs. Tune in monthly for thoughtfully detailed historical accounts of herbs you know and love, and learn more about the origins of medicinal plants that have stood the test of time.