Used by the ancient Greeks as a cough suppressant, then by the Arabs as a wound disinfectant, the black horehound was used from the 1800s against certain nervous disorders. Currently, it is primarily taken for its sedative and inducing properties of sleep and to reduce respiratory and digestive spasms.
Scientific name: Ballota nigra
Common names: ballote, black ballote, black horehound
English name: black horehound
Botanical classification: family of lamiaceae (Lamiaceae)
Forms and preparations: infusions, capsules, tablets, tincture