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Updated: Jul 21, 2021

Gemini is the ruler of the lungs. In Chinese medicine, excessive dampness in the digestive tract overflows to the lungs, bogging them down. Marrubium is indicated in these cases where slow, digestion with ‘sloshing sounds’ appears with foggy-headedness, or cough and phlegm in the lungs.


“It is an herb of Mercury. It helpeth to expectorate phlegm from the chest. Galen says it openeth obstructions of the Liver and Spleen, and purgeth the breast and lungs of phlegm. There is a syrup made of this plant which I most recommend to evacuate tough phlegm and cold rheum from the lungs of aged persons, especially those who are asthmatic or short-winded.” ~ Nicholas Culpeper

How it Can Help:

For Cough:

A relaxing expectorant, Marrubium is useful for productive cough. As a spasmolytic, it reduces excessive coughing in both wet and dry coughs by reducing bronchospasms.

For Digestion:

Bitter and acrid with volatile oils, Marrubium drains and dries stagnant dampness and qi in the digestive tract that can lead to bloating and indigestion. Motion sickness and headaches that get worse in dreary, damp weather are also indications for Marrubium.

For Cold, Damp Cough

Marrubium combines well with: Anise, Elecampane, Thyme, Hyssop

For Hot, Dry Cough

Marrubium combines well with: Coltsfood, Marshmallow Root, Mullein, Honeysuckle

For Red, Itchy Eyes Due to Allergies

Marrubium combines well with: Eyebright, Chrysanthemum, Goldenrod, Fieldmint

For Bloating and Indigestion

Marrubium combines well with: Ginger, Chamomile, Marjoram, Fennel


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