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The whole plant is antiemetic, antispasmodic, expectorant, stimulant and vermifuge. It is taken internally in the treatment of nervous dyspepsia, travelling sickness, morning sickness in pregnancy, arthritis, gout, menstrual disorders and bronchial complaints
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Geographical distribution

  • Africa, Northern Africa, Algeria
  • Africa, Northern Africa, Morocco
  • Africa, Northern Africa, Tunisia
  • Asia-Temperate, Caucasus
  • Asia-Temperate, Western Asia
  • Europe, Eastern Europe
  • Europe, Middle Europe
  • Europe, Northern Europe
  • Europe, Southeastern Europe
  • Europe, Southwestern Europe

Ballota nigra L.

Genus: Ballota
Species: nigra L.
Common names: Black Horehound
Distribution summary: North Africa, Europe, temperate Asia
Habit: Perennial
Hardiness: H4 - Hardy; average winter
Habitat: Sparse woodlands, grassland, sand dunes, wasteland, roadsides in sandy loam
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Classical Europe & Middle East (I)
Flowering months: June, July, August, September, October
Reason for growing: Medicinal

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