Vince and I have been researching herbs, wild plants and weeds, and sometimes one plant fits into all three of those categories, at least in my opinion.
Horehound was one of the plants we have growing in abundance but the main crop of it is growing in the middle of weeds that are getting tall and that’s all in an area where we have to walk.
The picture above was after I had cut the horehound. The problem is that the weeds are getting tall and . . you know what’s emerging and showing up on my doorstep . . those “S” things that scare the living daylights out of me.
Even though it’s best to let the horehound bloom so we can benefit from those blossoms, we had to make a choice, cut the grass and ow down the horehound before it blooms, or . . leave it growing and risk an encounter with a snake. I cut some of the horehound but Vince is going to try to dig some of it up and transplant it into the garden. It’s also a good companion plant for a few veggies.
It is supposed to have some medicinal value. As always, do your own research and talk to your doctor first – especially if taking medications. Here’s a good place to start for info on horehound (and there’s a banana nut bread recipe there).
It is a pretty plant. It’s been here for years and I always thought it was a worthless weed.
This batch went into the freezer dryer. I will use it to make tea, cough syrup and maybe horehound candy.
There were four trays – a full load for our medium freeze dryer. It should be dry and ready for sealing in jars tomorrow evening or Thursday morning.