Horehound. It sounded old.
Whatever it was, it was a tiny bumpy-leafed plant growing in an even tinier plastic seedling starter cell. Three sat there. I swiped two, selected more plants, then let the toddler make her own selection (she had already endured her version of eternity during the swap and the exciting grabfest caught her interest).
She immediately grabbed a horehound.
The itty bitty pot fit perfectly in her clutch as she carried it to our bag, she wanted to get it in there to “protect it” as I said for the others. She said horehound with heft and a smile.
A month later, I’ve finally gotten around to looking up horehound. It turns out horehound has been a cough remedy for thousands of years and is still a common ingredient in cough medicine.
If making candy or syrup exceeds your domestic ambitions, The Complete Book of Herbs (the above mentioned favorite), instructs:
At the first sign of a cold: finely chop nine small horehound leaves, mix with 1 tablespoon honey and eat slowly to ease sore throat or cough. Repeat several times if necessary.
Easy, breezy – bye bye coughy sneezy!
Whether the toddler grabbed the horehound because it was the smallest thing there, loved the name or just copied me, I love that we are growing cough medicine on the back steps.