Health Benefits and Uses of Hyssop

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Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)Health Benefits of Hyssop / Respiratory Health: (Cold and Flu, Cough and Whooping Cough, Sore Throat, Natural Expectorant, Asthma, Lung Lock, Chest Illnesses) / Kills Bacterial Infections: (Parasites, Antifungal, Disinfectant) / Antioxidant: (Free Radicals) / Antiviral:: (Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)) / Supports Cardiovascular Health - Heart Health: (Blood Circulation, Platelet Aggregation Inhibition, Hemorrhoids) / Diabetes: (Blood Sugar) / Reduces Inflammation: (Redness and Swelling) / Relieves Pain and Cramps: (Muscle Pain and Spams, Dysmenorrhea) / Boosts Immune System: / Improves Digestive Health: (Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Gastric Ulcer) / Kidney Health: (Urinary Track Infection, Detox the Body) / Cancer - Treatment and Prevention: / Skin Care: (Skin Aging (Wrinkles), Rejuvenates Skin, Skin Cleanser, Sensitive Skin, Oily Skin, Soft and Smooth Skin, Large Pores, Scars, Acne and Skin Blemishes, Eczema, Psoriasis & Rashes, Wounds) / Cleansing & Clearing | Therapeutic Benefits of HyssopTherapeutic Benefits of Hyssop OilBenefits of Hyssop Herbal Tea | Uses of Hyssop(Traditional Uses of Hyssop, Culinary Uses of Hyssop, Other Uses of Hyssop)Ayurvedic Uses and Health Benefits of HyssopProperties of Hyssop Essential Oil

Hyssop, (Hyssopus officinalis), commonly called Common hyssop, garden hyssop, Curdukotu, hastipippili, hisopo, yanagi-hakka, Yssop, Hyssop Herb, Isopo, Ysopo is a garden herb of the Lamiaceae or mint family whose flowers and evergreen leaves are used as a flavoring for foods and beverages and as a folk medicine. Mint family consists of a wide variety of medicinal and kitchen herbs. Other popular plants in this family are peppermint, basil, sage, lavender, thyme, oregano, rosemary and catnip. It is native to the northern Mediterranean coast and Asia Minor, but has naturalized along roads in some parts of the U.S. Many believe that the name Hyssop has been derived from the Hebrew word “Aesob” which means holy herb, and also from the Greek word “Hysoppus". It is said that centuries ago the herb was used in cleaning and purifying sacred places. Leaves have been and still are used in cooking to flavor such things as meats, soups, sauces, salads or stews. Hyssop oil is currently used as a flavoring agent in Chartreuse liquor. Plants are attractive to bees and butterflies.

The ancient Romans used Hyssop for protecting themselves from plague. They prepared a medicated wine using Hyssop leaves and flowers and valued it as a natural remedy for plague and certain other health disorders. Hyssop tea, infusion and tincture have been used in the treatment of dropsy and jaundice.

Bible reveals the genuine use of Hyssop by saying “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean” in Psalm 51:7. Hyssop is held-high as a spiritual herb since the Biblical times for its potential to purify the mind, cleanse the soul and improve divinity and supports nourishment from within.

“Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning”. Exodus 12:22, is another Biblical verse talking about the greatness and purifying abilities of Hyssop herb. Bible also records the use of Hyssop by influential Biblical leaders including Jesus, Moses, Solomon and David. There are about 126 verses in the Bible that talk about Hyssop. It was also used in cleaning and polishing sanctified places.

There are four varietals of the species, each are distinguishable by their flower’s color or size. H. alba has white flowers, H. rubia has red flowers, H. rosea has pink flowers and H. grandiflora has larger bluish-purple flowers. A study found that of these four phenotypes, the blueish-purple variety has the strongest odor of the species.

Hyssop is mainly used to relieve coughs and airway congestion. It is used with horehound for bronchitis and asthma, coughs due to colds, nose and throat infections and consumption. The odor of hyssop is reminiscent of camphor (it will repel moths and other insects).

Persians used Hyssop oil in skin lotions to augment their complexion and enhance skin health. It was used by the Europeans as air freshener and the traditional Indians used Hyssop for healing wounds, treat bruises, lessen excess fluid content in the body and to alleviate muscular pain. Hyssop is also a popular ingredient of Chartreuse liquor.

Respiratory Health:

Hyssop is an expectorant and antispasmodic herb, helping to suppress coughs and help clear the lungs of phlegm. Its expectorant qualities come from the active ingredient marubiin, which has been established to loosen phlegm, making it easier to cough up.

Folk healers have long believed that Hyssop can aid with respiratory conditions. Now research also backs these claims. According to this study, Hyssop extracts could be effective in treating respiratory infections caused by various microbes. Hyssop essential oil can be also used to relieve symptoms of a cough, cold, flu, congestion, bronchitis, asthma, and allergies. Hyssop contains antispasmodic properties, which help reduce spasms and relieve a cough. It is known as an expectorant, which can help loosen excess phlegm trapped in the lungs and respiratory tract. Furthermore, the antimicrobial properties of this essential oil help fight off harmful pathogens that cause the illnesses in the first place.

A 2019 double blind study of 46 children examined the influence of an herbal mixture including Hyssop (along with chamomile, marshmallow root, malva, liquorice, jujube date and maidenhair fern) on intermittent asthma. At the onset of cold symptoms, the children were either given the herbal blend for five days, or placebo. The herbal blend was found to reduce the onset of viral respiratory tract infection, reduced cough, and waking up in the middle of the night.

If you’re suffering from a respiratory condition, diffuse hyssop essential oil throughout the home. Alternatively, add a few drops to a bowl of hot water and breathe in the healing vapors or mix with a carrier oil and massage gently onto the chest and neck.

There is a popular recipe for Hyssop Oxymel which is a blend of Hyssop, Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar. This can be used as a home made cough syrup and cold and flu remedy. Its fresh, minty properties also make Hyssop and excellent herb for clearing the stuffy head that so often accompanies the common cold.

Cold and Flu:

For thousands of years Hyssop has been used for coughs with congested mucus. It both stimulates mucus and expectorates mucus, which enables the lungs and coughing mechanisms to rid it from the body. Herbalist Nicholas Schnell recommends it for chronic sinus infections.

Hyssop is probably most famously known as an herb for helping with symptoms of a cold or flu. It is often used for children, but is very appropriate for adults as well. As a stimulating diaphoretic it warms the body, pushing out coldness and opening the pores. This is especially ideal for when a person feels cold and is shivering with a slight fever.

In colds, accompanied with coughs and pectoral difficulty, where any degree of fever is present, the somewhat old-fashioned combination of hyssop with horehound has scarcely even yet been superseded by a more serviceable remedy. The two agents are combined in equal proportions and, given in the form of infusion, as freely and copiously as the patient can be prevailed upon to take it; the addition of honey to this infusion is, in many cases, found to augment its power, and, a consideration with patients possessing delicate stomachs, to some extent to cover the taste of the medicine. The herb helps to reduce fever by inducing sweating and therefore was traditionally mixed in bathing water.

Cough and Whooping Cough:

Coughing is a common reaction of the respiratory system trying to expel harmful microbes, dust or irritants, so hyssop’s antispasmodic and antiseptic properties make it a great natural treatment for coughs and other respiratory conditions. Hyssop is antispasmodic, meaning it relieves spasms in the respiratory system and soothes coughs. It’s also an expectorant, it loosens phlegm that has been deposited in the respiratory tracts. This property helps heal infections from the common cold, and it helps treat respiratory conditions, such as serving as a bronchitis natural remedy.

In cough and cold prescriptions, particularly for whooping cough, and in other troubles of infancy. The 1 ounce to 1 pint infusion is given in wineglass doses, or according to age.

Sore Throat:

Hyssop can also work as a remedy for sore throats, making it a great tool for people who use their voices throughout the day, like teachers, singers and lecturers. The best way to soothe the throat and respiratory system is to drink hyssop tea or add a few drops of oil to your throat and chest.

Natural Expectorant:

Hyssop oil helps in clearing the sputum naturally. When you have a cold or throat infection, you may not be able to breathe properly. This is mainly due to the excess mucus accumulated in your chest. However, Hyssop oil softens the hard mucus and helps you spit it out, thereby easing your cold. It is often used as a key ingredient in cough syrups, as it’s a cough reliever.

Asthma:

Hyssop oil also relieves asthma mainly because of its bronchodilator properties. Asthma is a condition that is accompanied by breathing difficulties. There is an excess mucus production, constriction as well as swelling in the airways. These together make cause difficulties in breathing. While some experience minor asthma attacks, for others, it can be life-threatening.

However, Hyssop oil dilates the airways and prevents excess mucus production. It also has antitussive and expectorant properties, which make it useful in treating other respiratory diseases like chronic bronchitis.

A 2017 analysis of numerous Persian medicinal plants showed that hyssop and several other plants were able to improve inflammation, oxidative stress, allergic response, tracheal smooth muscle constriction, and airway remodeling in asthma. They suggested further trials to see what role these herbs may be able to play in the management of asthma.

A 2014 study "The Effects of Uygur Herb Hyssopus officinalis L. on the Process of Airway Remodeling in Asthmatic Mice" in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Xiaojuan Ma, Xiumin Ma, Zhixing Ma, Zhan Sun, Wenyan Yu, Jing Wang, Fengsen Li, and Jianbing Ding evaluated the effect of Hyssopus officinalis on airway immune regulation and airway inflammation in a mouse model of chronic asthma. Results showed H. officinalis not only plays an anti-inflammatory role by inhibiting the invasion of eosinophils and decreasing the levels of IgE, but also affects immune regulation. Study evaluated the mechanism of Uygur herb Hyssopus officinalis in the process of airway remodeling. Results showed H. officinalis could inhibit airway remodeling by correcting imbalance of MMP-9/TIMP-1 ration.

Another 2011 study "The effect of Uygur medicine Hyssopus officinalis L on expression of T-bet, GATA-3 and STAT-3 mRNA in lung tissue of asthma rats" by Wang HY, Ding JB, Halmurat U, Hou M, Xue ZQ, Zhu M, Tian SG, Ma XM. evaluated the Uygur medicine Hyssop on T-bet, GATA-3, STAT-3 mRNA levels of asthma rats to explore the mechanisms of its treatment effect in asthma. Results showed Hyssopus officinalis probably regulates the differentiation of Th1, Th2 and Th17 on transcription level for its anti-inflammatory effect.

Lung Lock:

From asthma as well as coughing fits to allergies as well as recurring infections, locked up lungs can be very unpleasant as well as anxiety-inducing. Whilst Hyssop herbal tea is not a good tea to sip throughout an attack, it can make an incredible tonic tea to sip in between issues and may assist in preventing them in the foreseeable future. Since Hyssop cleans as well as heals, it might simply help eliminate the problem which leads to breathing difficulties in the first place.

Chest Illnesses:

Coughs, colds, as well as allergies appear to hit the lungs hard no matter where they settle. Including Hyssop in your favorite ‘get better fast’ herbal tea blend occasionally like this might help clear and calm the lungs so as to return to feeling better fast.

Kills Bacterial Infections:

F pinocamphone, iso-pinocamphone, and β-pinene present in hyssop extracts are highly effective in fighting against bacteria. Hyssop essential oil is active against food-borne bacteria, which spoil the food. Thus, Hyssopus officinalis is known to increase the shelf-life of products. Carvacrol and Pinicarvone in H. officinalis fight pathogens such as Candida albicans and S.aureus. Terpinen-4-ol and iso-pinocamphone fight bacteria such as Typhimurium and E.coli.

 

A 2012 study of essential oil of aerial parts "Essential Oil Composition and Antibacterial Activity of Hyssopus officinalis L. Grown in Iran" in Asian J. Exp. Biol. Sci. by Nooshin Dehghanzadeh, Saghar Ketabchi, Ardalan Alizadeh yielded thirty nine components, with major components of thymol 18,95%, ß-bisabolol 10.62%, carvacrol 7.73%, n-Dodecan (5.23%, caryophyllene 4.96%, ortho-acetanisol 4.72%, camphor 3.47%, cumin aldehyde 3.22% and spathulenol 3.02%. The oil showed high antibacterial activity against Erwinia amylovora and Klebsiella sp.

Another 2009 study "Assessment of antibacterial activity of three plantsused in Pakistan to cure respiratory diseases" in African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 8 by Zabta Khan Shinwari et al of the in vitro antimicrobial activity of three plant extracts including H officinalis against B subtilis, E coli, P aeruginosa, S typhimurium and S aureus, maximum antibacterial activity was exhibited by all three plant extracts, including P aeruginosa which was not inhibited by the control antibiotic.

In a 1998 "Antimicrobial properties of the linalol-rich essential oil of Hyssopus officinalis L." in Flavour and Fragrance Journal Vol. 13, No. 5 study yielded pinocamphone and isopinocamphone. All yeasts were strongly inhibited, seven strains of C albicans, C krusei and C tropicalis. Limonene may be responsible for the antimycotic action.

Parasites:

Hyssop has the ability to fight parasites, which are organisms that feed off the nutrients of other organisms. Some examples of parasites include tapeworm, fleas, hookworms and flukes. Because it’s a vermifuge, hyssop oil expels parasitic works, especially in the intestines. When a parasite lives in and feed on its host, it disrupts nutrient absorption and causes weakness and disease. If the parasite is living in the intestines, it disrupts the digestive and immune systems.

Therefore, hyssop can be a key part of a parasite cleanse, as hyssop helps many systems in the body and ensures that your needed nutrients aren’t taken by these dangerous organisms.

Antifungal:

A 2015 study "Chemical composition and antifungal activity of essential oil of Hyssopus officinalis L. from Bulgaria against clinical isolates of Candida species" in Biotechnology & Biotechnological Equipment , Volume 29, Issue 3 by Yana Hristova, Juergen Wanner, Leopold Jirovetz, Iris Stappen, Ivan Iliev & Velizar Gochev, the essential oil of Hyssopus officinalis showed a very strong antifungal activity. The most abundant components in oil are isopinocamphone (43%), pinocamphoe (16%) and b-pinene (16%). The essential oil was fungistatic on Aspergillus fumigatus. The strong antifungal potential of Hyssop essential oil can be explained by the high amount of ketones, its main constituents. (1) Hyssop oil demonstrated antifungal activity against 52 clinical isolates and reference strains of Candida albicans, C. glabrata, C. tropicalis, C. paraapsilosis, and C. krusei. The essential oil inhibited both fluconazole-sensitive and fluconazole-resistant strains.

Disinfectant:

Simply diffusing hyssop essential oil throughout the home can rid the air of harmful pathogens, allowing you and your family to remain healthy. Its antibacterial, antiseptic, antimicrobial, and anti-viral properties cleanse the air. It also mixes well with other essential oils including tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil, and lemon oil, which extend its cleansing properties.

Antioxidant:

Oxidation is a destructive process, which results from pollution and chemicals from the environment. It generates free radicals that mainly cause two things: deadly diseases and early aging. However, the compounds β-pinene, f pinocamphone, and iso-pinocamphone present in Hyssopus officinalis extracts have rich antioxidant properties.

A study conducted in 2016 included the aerial parts of Hyssopus officinalis collected from Kashmir-Leh highway, India, in October. The plant was flowering and was present at an altitude of 11,562 feet. The researchers assessed the antioxidant potential of the plant extract by few assessments such as scavenging assay, reducing power assay, the total antioxidant capacity, and DPPH radical. The results confirmed that H. officinalis extracts possess great antioxidant properties, mainly because of the presence of flavonoids and phenolic compounds. Apigenin 7-O-β-D-glucuronide is a significant flavonoid present in the essential oil of Hyssop.

A team of researchers in Romania published an article in a 2014 edition of the journal Molecules that explored the antioxidant and antimicrobial activity of hyssop. Their work revealed high levels of polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) and good antioxidant activity. On top of that, extracts and oils from the plant showed moderate antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. However, these were results in a laboratory setting, not in the human body. We'll need further research to confirm the possible benefits of hyssop in these and most areas.

A 2012 study published in the Journal Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica also found nitric oxide scavenging activity, which supports the theory that Hyssop is an antioxidant. A growing body of literature supports this contention.

Free Radicals:

In a 2010 study in Pak. J. Pharm. Sci., Vol.23, No.1 by Mohammad Ali Ebrahimzadeh et al established the antioxidant potency of of four medicinal and aromatic plants, H officinalis was second in DPPH-radical scavenging and first in reducing powers. 

Antiviral:

Hyssop prevents infections from developing in wounds and cuts. Because of its antiseptic properties, when it’s applied to an opening of the skin, it fights infection and kills bacteria. Hyssop also helps in healing deep cuts, scars, insect bites and even can be one of the great home remedies for acne. Few viruses are as well-known to the general public, or as common, as herpes simplex 1 and 2. Hyssop may have some use in preventing the spread of these viruses.

A study done at the Department of Virology, Hygiene Institute in Germany tested hyssop oil’s ability to fight genital herpes by testing plaque reduction. Genital herpes is a chronic, persistent infection that is spread efficiently and silently as a sexually transmitted disease. The study found that hyssop oil lowered plaque formation by more than 90%, proving that the oil interacted with the virus and serves as a therapeutic application for the treatment of herpes.

A 2016 review of studies on Iranian Herbal Medicines for Herpes Simplex Viruses (HSVs) lists several studies showing that, in mice, an extract of hyssop was able to slow the onset of infection by HSV-1 by more than 50%. Because of how common herpes infections are, and because the virus stays in your system permanently, it's likely that we'll see more research in this area. Researchers concluded that these plants may help prevent and treat some viral diseases and mention several aspects that are worthy of further investigation.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV):

In accordance with clinical tests, dried Hyssop leaves show powerful anti-HIV activity because of the presence of tannins and caffeic acid. As a result, it will help in avoiding replication of HIV, that makes it good for individuals with AIDS.

One promising research done in the Department of Medicine, North Shore University Hospital in New York discovered that hyssop extracts consist of caffeic acid, unidentified tannins and possibly a third class of unidentified higher molecular weight compounds which exhibit strong anti-HIV activity – thus, it might be beneficial in the management of patients along with AIDS. The antiviral activity of hyssop’s compounds turn out to be beneficial in combating life-threatening diseases.

A 2018 review of the Literature on Lamiaceae Plants Against the Retrovirus HIV showed promising preliminary results. Researchers said the plants appear to target structures that allow the virus to attach to, and therefore infect cells. They may also destroy key enzymes that HIV relies on for its life cycle.

A 1995 study "Isolation of a previously unidentified polysaccharide (MAR-10) from Hyssop officinalis that exhibits strong activity against human immunodeficiency virus type 1" in Biochem Biophys Res Commun. by Gollapudi S, Sharma HA, Aggarwal S, Byers LD, Ensley HE, Gupta S. evaluated a polysaccharide (MAR-10) from the aqueous extract of Hyssopus officinalis for activity against HIV-1 (SF strain) in HUT78 T cell line. MAR-10 showed a concentration-dependent inhibition of HIV-1 replication via inhibition of HIV-1 p24 antigen and syncytia formation. 

Another 1990 study "Inhibition of HIV replication by Hyssop officinalis extracts" in Antiviral Res. by Kreis W, Kaplan MH, Freeman J, Sun DK, Sarin PS. reported on the strong anti-HIV activity of crude extracts of dried leaves via inhibition of synciytia formation, HIV reverse transcriptase (RT), and p17 and p24 antigen expression. Study showed HO extracts contain caffeic acid, unidentified tannins, and possibly a third class of unidentified molecular weight compounds that exhibit strong anti-HIV activity. 

Supports Cardiovascular Health - Heart Health:

Blood Circulation:

An increase in blood flow or circulation in the body benefits the heart and the body’s muscles and arteries. Hyssop improves and promotes circulation because of its anti-rheumatic properties. By increasing circulation, hyssop can work as a natural remedy for gout, rheumatism, arthritis and swelling. Your heart rate lowers when your blood circulates properly, and then your heart muscles relax and your blood pressure flows evenly throughout the body, affecting every organ.

So many people are looking for natural arthritis treatments because it can be a crippling condition. Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis, occurs when cartilage between joints wears down, causing inflammation and pain. By increasing circulation, Hyssop oil and tea inhibit swelling and inflammation, allowing the blood to flow through the body and relieve the pressure that builds up because of clogged arteries.

Hyssop essential oil can be massaged into the chest, arms, legs, and lower back to help improve circulation. Before applying it topically, dilute it with a carrier oil. You can gently massage the diluted oil into muscles or dilute it with a carrier oil and put three to five drops of the mixture in a bath to improve circulation.

Platelet Aggregation Inhibition:

Hyssop extracts have antiplatelet properties. Platelets help in the formation of blood clots. Though blood clots are necessary to prevent unnecessary bleeding, when they form at the wrong places such as within blood vessels, they can be life-threatening.

Anti-platelet drugs are useful in such cases. But thanks to Hyssop, which has such properties naturally, making it useful in stroke and heart patients. Stroke is a deadly condition where the blood vessels in the brain rupture forming clots. They need an immediate address. Heart attacks and heart failures are fatal conditions that occur due to the formation of blood clots in the walls of blood vessels.

Diabetes:

Alpha-amylase is an enzyme that breaks down the glycogen (stored fat) present in your body to glucose. Thus, it can raise blood sugar levels. At a concentration of 0.1-0.5 mg/ml, Hyssop extracts inhibit the action of α-amylase, making them useful in diabetes.

Diabetes is a condition where the blood sugar levels rise above normal. It needs immediate attention. If left untreated, it reduces the lifespan by giving rise to complications such as kidney failure. The earlier you address, the better it is. Preventing the conversion of glycogen to glucose is one of the ways to avoid the rise of Blood Sugar Levels (BSL). Likewise, α-glucosidase is another enzyme that raises the blood sugar levels by utilizing carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the sources of energy that you obtain from the foods you eat. By inhibiting the action of α-glucosidase, hyssop prevents hyperglycemia (or high BSL).

A study of aqueous methanol extracts of dried Hyssop leaves published in 2013 confirmed the effects of hyssop extracts on intestinal α-glucosidase activity and hyperglycemia/high blood sugar levels.

Blood Sugar:

Hyssop tea might offer blood sugar-lowering benefits.

According to a test tube study published in the January 2004 issue of the Journal Phytochemistry. Researchers identified antioxidant compounds Hyssop leaves that inhibit activity of the enzyme alpha-glucosidase, which breaks starch into sugar.

Another study published in the October 2003 issue of the Journal of Nutrition Science and Vitaminology found that Hyssop extract administered before a high-carbohydrate meal prevented a spike in blood sugar by inhibiting carbohydrate digestion. Researchers concluded that Hyssop may be useful as a supplement for managing elevated blood sugar levels.

Reduces Inflammation:

A 2011 study "Phytochemical analysis and antioxidant activity of Hyssopus officinalis L. from Iran" in Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin by Fatemeh Fathiazad, Masoumeh Mazandarani, Sanaz Hamedeyazdan evaluated the flavonoid content of aerial parts of H. officinalis. Apigenin 7-O-ß-D-glucoronide was isolated as the major flavonoid. The N-butanol extract, because of the highest phenolic content had the best antioxidant activity.

Redness and Swelling:

The essential oil extracted from Hyssopus officinalis has anti-inflammatory properties. Swelling, redness, pain, fever, and loss of movement are the signs of inflammation. Hyssop essential oil helps you fight all the signs of inflammation even in the mucus lining of your nose and airways.

According to Turkish Folk Medicine, Hyssop relaxes the blood vessels and promotes sweating. It relieves various pains including joint pains, toothaches, sores, bruises, and ear pains. When used as a bath oil, it eases pains and extreme tiredness including menstrual pains. The oil helps in treating various skin problems such as rashes, boils, insect bites, as well as to lighten scars.

Relieves Pain and Cramps:

Muscle Pain and Spams:

Almost everybody has likely experienced discomfort in his or her muscles at some point. Because almost every part of the body has muscle tissue, this type of pain can be felt practically anywhere. While further research is welcomed in this area, it’s widely believed that Hyssop can help relieve muscle pain and spasms because it calms the respiratory and digestive systems. Hyssop oil’s antispasmotic properties can help treat muscle aches, cramps and charley horses naturally.

Ancient Greeks and Indians used poultices made using Hyssop to treat bruises, scar, frostbite, conjunctivitis, insect bites, muscle pain and dental cavities. Leaves of the plant were used in cleansing rituals during the biblical times due to its anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties.

A study done at the Department of Pharmacology of Natural Substances and General Physiology in Italy found that Hyssop oil had muscle-relaxing activity when it was tested on guinea pig and rabbit intestines. The hyssop oil treatment inhibited contractions and reduced the amplitude of spontaneous movements.

A 2002 study in Planta Med by Lu M, Battinelli L, Daniele C, Melchioni C, Salvatore G, Mazzanti G. evaluated the muscle relaxing activity of essential oil of Hyssopus officinalis and some of its main components (isopinocamphone, limonene and beta-pinene) on isolated preparations of guinea-pig and rabbit intestine. Essential oil and isopinocamphone inhibited acetylcholine- and BaCl2-induced contractions in guinea-pig ileum. Essentia oil blocked CaCl2 induced contractions in guinea pig ileum. In addition to the antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties of the oil, it is ideal for soothing and relaxing sore muscles. It can also help reduce cramps and spasms.

To relieve sore muscles after a long day, mix a few drops of hyssop essential oil with a carrier oil and gently massage onto the sore areas. You can also add a few drops of hyssop essential oil to a warm bath.

Using a dilution of 1 to 3% Hyssop oil with a carrier oil, make a blend to massage into sore or aching muscles. As it increases circulation, it speeds healing and reduces muscle soreness. If you get a cramp or spasm in a muscle, this blend can be rubbed directly into the area. Its anti-spasmodic properties can alleviate the pain and the spasm.

Dysmenorrhea:

Dysmenorrhea is definitely the medical term for menstrual cramps. As hyssop is undoubtedly an emmenagogue it will help women along with irregular, obstructed, painful or exhausting menstruation. This opens menses, causes it to be regular and in addition helps overcome symptoms related to menses just like nausea, headache, pain in lower abdomen, fatigue, appetite loss, as well as mood swings. Hyssop assists manage irregular menstrual cycles and may be used to deal with the signs of menopause.

Hemorrhoids (Piles):

Because of its ability to improve circulation, Hyssop oil is also a home remedy and treatment for hemorrhoids, which are experienced by 75% of Americans at some point in their lives. Hemorrhoids are caused by an increase in pressure on the veins of the anus and rectum. The pressure on the veins causes swelling, pain and bleeding.

Boosts Immune System:

Like many herbs, Hyssop improves circulation and digestion, while it kills bacteria and parasites, all of these benefits boost the immune system to work properly. By decreasing inflammation and allowing blood to run through our organs, hyssop oil maintains the function of the entire body. Hyssop contains antioxidants. As research suggests, antioxidants can play a part in improving immune responses.

One promising study done at the Department of Medicine, North Shore University Hospital in New York found that hyssop extracts contain caffeic acid, unidentified tannins and possibly a third class of unidentified higher molecular weight compounds that exhibit strong anti-HIV activity, thus, it may be useful in the treatment of patients with AIDS.

Improves Digestive Health:

Hyssop oil is a stimulant, so it increases the production of secretions, like bile, digestive enzymes and acid. These gastric juices are necessary in order to break down food as it makes its way to the stomach. We have digestive juices that contain enzymes in order to speed up the chemical reactions in the body and break down food into nutrients. By stimulating the production of the key compounds needed for healthy digestion, Hyssop also boosts nutrition uptake. The antispasmodic properties of Hyssop are also effective at relieving digestive cramps and flatulence.

By facilitating digestion, hyssop oil helps with the decomposition of complex proteins, carbohydrates and nutrients. Because the digestive system interacts with all other body systems, including the nervous, endocrine and immune systems, the role that hyssop plays as a stimulant is very beneficial. Hyssop oil can also be helpful with intestinal gas, indigestion and loss of appetite.

It also helps to promote peristaltic motion in the intestines, which further assists the digestive process. Additionally, the carminative properties of this oil help relieve flatulence and can reduce indigestion, nausea, loss of appetite, and heartburn. Research has found that, alongside other extracts, Hyssop can actually assist digestion. One of the ways it does this is by soothing and cleaning the mouth and throat.

To promote proper digestion, mix a few drops of this essential oil with a carrier oil and massage onto the lower abdomen. Alternatively, diffuse the oil throughout a room or keep a bottle on hand to sniff throughout the day.

Infusion made from Hyssop acts as an excellent tonic for the digestive system and helps in treating weak digestions. Many believe that the herb also helps in the functioning of the liver and gall bladder.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): 

Hyssop essential oil helps in treating IBS. It causes pain or cramps in the lower belly. It further causes loose motions, constipation, flatulence, and formation of excess gas. An overgrowth of bacteria in your small intestine can lead to IBS. However, the antibacterial properties in hyssop help heal IBS naturally.

Gastric Ulcer:

Many of the traditional uses of Hyssop involve indigestion, and a 2014 study uncovers a possible reason for that. Researchers found that it acts against two chemicals in the body that are implicated in ulcers: urease and a-chymotrypsin. Because of this, they concluded that hyssop may be an effective ulcer treatment. We'll need human studies to know for sure.

A study "To Explore the Ulceroprotective and Antioxidant Potential of Hyssopus officinalis in Ethanol-Induced Gastric Ulcers in Rats" in British Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, Vol. 2, Issue 3 by Amita Saini and Ramica Sharma pretreatment with an ethanol extract of Hyssopus officinalis in ethanol-induced gastric ulcer in rats showed significant ulceroprotective and antioxidant effect. 

Kidney Health:

Urinary Tract Infection:

Since it has anti-bacterial qualities, consuming it frequently reduces the signs and symptoms of the bladder infection as well as helps prevent it from spreading on the kidneys.

Detox the Body:

The diuretic properties of hyssop essential oil help increase urination and assist in the removal of excess fats, salts, and water. This essential oil also acts as a febrifuge, which can reduce fevers by increased sweating and toxin removal. By removing unwanted toxins from your body, Hyssop essential oil strengthens your immune system and helps your body fight off illnesses.

To aid in the detoxing process, diffuse Hyssop essential oil throughout the home. You can also mix a few drops with a carrier oil and gently massage onto the soles of your feet to reduce fevers.

Cancer - Treatment and Prevention:

A 2017 study out of India suggests that Hyssop may be one of the more potent anti-cancer herbs in this family, killing 82% of breast cancer cells in laboratory studies. While this is extremely promising, it must be replicated in human studies before we'll know whether it's a safe and effective treatment.

A 2014 review by researchers from Poland, Zielinska and Matkowski found evidence that herbs in the Lamiaceae family, which includes Hyssop, may be able to destroy cancer cells.

Skin Care:

Hyssop essential oil has astringent properties, which help tone the skin and reduce signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles. Coupled with its ability to fight off infection and reduce the appearance of scars, you’ll have beautiful, young-looking skin in no time. Hyssop essential oil can also help reduce the appearance and symptoms of skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

To keep skin looking young and healthy, add a drop or two of Hyssop essential oil into your moisturizer, cleanser, lotion or other fragrance-free creams. Regular use of a few drops of this beneficial oil to your skin keeps you looking younger and healthier.

Skin Aging (Wrinkles):

Antioxidants fight against the effects of oxygen and environmental toxins, which can not only age the skin but lead to numerous diseases. They do this by stabilizing cells called free radicals that are harmful to our health. Excessive accumulation of fat, according to the researchers, can cause unwanted changes to the tissue structure of your skin, which make it appear older.

A 2014 study published in Preventive Nutrition and Food Science named Hyssop among several plants researchers believe to have two properties that give them anti-aging effects on the skin: they're antioxidants, and they suppress the storage of fat in the body.

Rejuvenates Skin:

Hyssop is usually a cicatrisant which suggests it really is ideal for dealing with skin problems. As an example, hyssop oil may be used on insect bites, rashes, boils, as well as pox. It might even be utilized on scars to ensure they are disappear faster and it’s also among the great home remedies for acne.

Furthermore, hyssop essential oil is additionally found to supply benefit in age-related skin problems, like sagging as well as wrinkles. It encourages cellular regeneration along with the development of new skin which suggests can help minimize the look off blemishes along with make stretch marks as well as acne scars disappear. Because hyssop is surely an antiseptic, just like tea tree oil, it kills bacteria onto the skin as well as fights infections.

Skin Cleanser:

Hyssop is best known in the beauty world for cleansing skin. It  actually has a natural cleansing action that purifies the skin of dirt, grime and excess oils. Hyssop was always considered to be a purifying herb which was burned in sacred places to cleanse them of negative energies. This same concept also works when it comes to your skin. Using hyssop in your skin care will make sure your skin feels alert, fresh and clean naturally a perky skin.

You can add 2-3 drops of Hyssop oil into your facial cleanser to fortify its skin cleansing properties.

Sensitive Skin:

There are actually a few essential oils that are gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin that is easily irritated. Hyssop oil is one of them. It is safe and suitable for sensitive skin types, alone with Lavender, Rose, Chamomile and Frankincense essential oil. Instead of using strong essential oils that can aggravate your skin such as Peppermint, Orange, etc, try a few precious drops of diluted hyssop oil.

Oily Skin:

The astringent properties is what makes hyssop ready to minimize excess oiliness. It helps shrink large pores which secrete too much oil, hence preventing your skin from looking greasy and shiny. A Hyssop face spray or toner would be wonderful for managing oily skin types.

Soft and Smooth Skin:

Hyssop is also good for creating a soft and smooth skin complexion. It has a regulating effect on the skin, which helps even out your skin tone, as well as keeping it not too oily and not too dry, but just the perfect balance of the two.

While facial steaming, add 2 drops of hyssop oil to help soften up and smoothen rough skin texture.

Large Pores:

Hyssop oil has astringent properties. This means it can tighten skin, which reduces the appearance of large pores.

You can make a face spray by combining 3 drops of Hyssop oil in ½ cup of water together with 1 tsp of alcohol-free witch hazel. Store in a face spray bottle and spritz on your clean dry face to help with a pore-shrinking effect.

Scars:

To use Hyssop essential oil to reduce the appearance of scars, mix two to three drops of the essential oil with one teaspoon of nourishing carrier oil and apply it to the affected area two times a day. The oil’s astringent and antiseptic properties help clear and tone the skin. Jojoba oil is a good carrier oil as it helps balance the skins natural production of sebum and it contains vitamin B complex and vitamin E which are beneficial for healthy skin. However, for those who prefer a lighter oil, sweet almond or argan are also good choices.

Acne and Skin Blemishes:

Hyssop oil can work as a natural treatment for acne. Because Hyssop oil is antiseptic, it can kill bacteria on the skin and fight infections. It has antiseptic, astringent, and antibacterial properties that contribute to its effectiveness as a cleanser.

Research demonstrates that Hyssop essential oil exhibits bacteriostatic activity, which means  it can stop bacteria from reproducing. Studies also reiterate the fact that Hyssop possesses valuable antioxidant properties. Hyssop oil’s antimicrobial activity could help heal wounds and reduce the visibility of acne scars.

For a natural way to treat acne, add a drop of Hyssop essential oil to your daily cleanser or moisturizer. After washing your face with a mild cleanser, then gently blot the face with a Hyssop-carrier oil blend. (2-3 drops of Hyssop essential oil and a teaspoon of nourishing carrier oil).

Eczema, Psoriasis & Rashes:

Hyssop oil is safe for sensitive skin plus it helps fight infection and heal wounds. This makes it a good essential oil for soothing and treating inflammatory skin condition such as rashes, eczema, psoriasis and so on. You can mix a few drops of hyssop oil into your lotion and apply onto the affected areas.

Wounds:

The antiseptic and antimicrobial properties in Hyssop essential oil help fight off infection when applied to minor wounds like scrapes, bites, cuts, and burns. It also reduces the chance of scarring as it promotes the healing of wounds.

According to a 2008 study, Hyssop extract was found to be part of a successful composition for an antibiotic for treating wounds.

To prevent infection of a minor wound, mix a few drops of the essential oil with a carrier oil and apply directly to the wound. To reduce the appearance of scars, mix with a nourishing carrier oil such as Jojoba and apply directly to the scar a couple of times a day.

Cleansing & Clearing:

With regards to years of city living, smoking, poor breathing, allergies, or recurring respiratory infections, the lungs take the heat. Lots of people discover that even after these issues have been cured and resolved, the lungs still feel ‘full of gunk’. Hyssop herbal tea is an excellent choice for cleaning the chest and providing the lungs a mild yet thorough clearing. It may help loosen as well as discharge mucous and phlegm whilst assisting the body create much healthier lining to exchange the old.

  • It regulates menstruation cycle in females, thereby serving as a potent emenagogue. It normalizes menstruation and alleviates pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS).
  • It helps promote digestion by catalyzing the synthesis of digestive juices and enzymes. As such, it assists in the digestion of food and absorption and assimilation of nutrients. It also helps prevent various digestive ailments like constipation.
  • Hyssop herb causes the blood vessels to contract, which, in turn, prevents sagging of the skin. Thus, the hyssop plant helps in preventing signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles; this can be attributed to its astringent like properties.
  • It helps to tighten the gums and keep the mouth clean and hygienic. As such, it is vital for oral and dental health.
  • Hyssop oil improves and enhances blood circulation. It helps prevents various infections including arthritis, rheumatism, and gout.
  • Hyssop herb helps in clearing gas from the stomach and relieving diseases of stomach, including heaviness in stomach, stomachache, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and indigestion.
  • Hyssop herb can bring down fever, thus serving as a potent febrifuge. It helps fight infections and removes toxins from the body that are the major causes of fever.
  • Hyssop oil promotes the healing of deep wounds. It also helps in removing scars and marks on skin, particularly caused by boils, insect bites, pox, and infections.
  • Hyssop herb helps in clearing mucous and other deposits in the respiratory tract. As such, hyssop herb is a potent expectorant.
  • Hyssop herb helps raise blood pressure. Hence, it is beneficial to those suffering from hypotension. It relieves the symptoms of low blood pressure, which are headache, nausea, and vomiting.
  • Hyssop herb help to maintain the health of nervous system; it especially helps in cases of nervousness, convulsions, and vertigo.
  • Hyssop herb oil promotes perspiration causing the secretion of sweat, which, in turn, helps remove toxins and excess water from the body. This helps improve skin tone and texture and also prevents the body from a variety of diseases.
  • Hyssop herb helps to kills worms. It helps kill worms in the intestines, thus leading to absorption and assimilation of nutrients in the body. Moreover, it promotes normal growth and development in children by killing worms in their digestive system.
  • Hyssop tea is its ability to prevent and cure infectious diseases like cholera and diphtheria. It also promotes quick healing of infections.
  • Hyssop oil helps to cure skin diseases. It prevents and cures a variety of skin diseases including eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. It also moisturizes the skin, making it smooth and supple.
  • Hyssop herb helps prevent diseases including cold, flu, cough, and fever. In order to cure a cold, hyssop herb can be used as an infusion.
  • Hyssop helps in curing pains in the joints. It regulates the skeletal system of the body, thereby maintaining the level of synovial fluid. As such, it helps prevent diseases related to the joints and bones.
  • Hyssop herb helps to maintain emotional balance. It enhances the feeling of elation and alleviates anger, stress, and depression. It also helps relieve insomnia.

Therapeutic Benefits of Hyssop Oil

  • As an antiseptic, use 2-3 drops on the cotton ball or even swab and apply at wounds.
  • To help reduce anxiety, mental fatigue, nervous tension, as well as stress- related problems, and also to help clarity, concentration, and also creativity, and for meditation, utilize 2-3 drops inside a diffuser.
  • For appetite loss, bloating, as well as poor digestion, add 2-3 drops in the carrier oil and also massage over entire abdominal area.
  • For bronchitis, coughs, excess phlegm, along with other respiratory problems, there are actually three new ways to use hyssop: use 2-3 drops in a diffuser, or even combine 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil, as well as rub mixture on chest. May also place 2-3 drops on a cotton ball or handkerchief and inhale periodically.
  • To boost blood circulation, use 4-6 drops in 2 ounces of carrier oil and massage over overall body.
  • To help heal cuts and wounds, dilute with water, place on cotton ball, as well as dab affected areas.
  • If emotions are running wild, utilize 2-3 drops in a diffuser.
  • To assist with low blood pressure level, utilize 3-5 drops in a diffuser regularly.
  • For menstrual problems, just like bloating and water retention, utilize 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on lower abdomen and lower back area. May also use 8-10 drops in bath water.
  • For sore throats, tonsillitis, or even whooping cough, use 3-5 drops in the steam inhalation.
  • Add 2 drops of hyssop oil in your bath water, ideally warm. Taking a bath in hyssop oil infused water might also help with a peaceful night’s rest.
  • Mix 3 drops of hyssop oil with a carrier oil and make use of the mixture like a massage oil in your abdomen.
  • Use 3 drops of the oil combined with a carrier oil and massage on painful muscles. Rubbing the mix in your stomach might also relieve gastrointestinal discomfort brought on by indigestion and gas.
  • Massaging 2 drops of the herbal oil along with one milliliter of coconut oil on the soles of the feet might help decrease fever.
  • When inhaled, hyssop oil can alleviate nasal congestion, breathing difficulties, colds, as well as cough. Make use of 2 drops in steam inhalation. You may even apply 2 drops of hyssop oil combined with vapor rub on to your chest to stimulate the oil’s expectorant effect.
  • Add 2 drops of hyssop oil in your lotion or cream as well as apply externally.

Hyssop tea originates from an evergreen herb which originally grew in southern Europe along the Mediterranean, as well as in central Asia. Whenever hyssop is brewed, it produces a minty taste and may even have a lot of possible health advantages. Lots of people brew hyssop in a tea to assist eliminate phlegm, deal with bronchitis or even calm coughs as well as sore throats. Various other therapeutic uses might include enhanced digestion, reduced blood sugar, and it will help reduce intestinal congestion as well as regulate blood pressure too. Several herbalists suggest steeping one spoonful of dried hyssop in hot water for 10 minutes. Individuals frequently consume 2 to 3 cups of tea each day.

Hyssop tea is most often suggested to deal with cold symptoms. The warm liquid may possibly relieve soreness of the throat, and also the hyssop might decrease phlegm which could result in a continual cough or perhaps a sinus infection. Lots of people who consume hyssop tea report having the ability to breathe easier and enjoy a healthier day-to-day life.

Hyssop tea may also work to naturally calm nerves. Many people will sip a cupful of tea to help ease anxiousness before taking a challenging exam, speaking in front of an audience, or even boarding an airplane.People who have problems with a loss of appetite may possibly turn to hyssop to enhance their hunger. The herb usually encourages both a healthy appetite as well as normal digestion of food. Hyssop tea could also be capable to help people attempting to embrace low cholesterol or even low sugar diets. Herbalists recommend hyssop like a natural method for these individuals to manage their high blood sugar or even blood pressure.

Therapeutic herb gardeners can grow their own hyssop in the cool partially shaded atmosphere. Hyssop herbs are often low maintenance and don’t require a lot of water; it may also be grown on the balcony or perhaps in a container garden. Gardeners will often harvest the flowers, occasionally before they bloom, to make a therapeutic tea. Several herbalists also utilize the leaves as well as stems for hyssop tea. Hyssop is often collected at the end of summer.

Hyssop tea has been utilized all through history both like a medicine as well as an internal cleanser. In Biblical times, hyssop was used to create a holy tea. It was believed to have religious qualities that may thoroughly clean holy sanctuaries. Many people drank this particular tea believing it might cleanse their souls from wrongdoing.

Hyssop is generally safe to consume, however it is not suggested for pregnant women. An herbalist might motivate those interested in hyssop tea to talk to a health-care specialist before you start. If any side effects develop, tea drinkers might choose to discontinue use till they can consult with their doctor.

Hyssop, also referred to as Hyssopus officinalis or Hyssopus angustifolius, is undoubtedly a herb indigenous to parts of Europe and the Middle East. It really is well-liked by gardeners just as one ornamental perennial because of its small growth as well as profusion of purple or pink flowers. Another plant, Agastache foeniculum, though unrelated, goes by the common name anise hyssop. Both forms of hyssop are utilized to make tea and provide several potential health advantages. Usually talk to your doctor just before utilizing herbs to deal with a medical condition.

The name originates from the Greek, hyssopus, itself derived from the Hebrew ezob, which means good fragrant herb. A hardy green bushy plant along with narrow dark leaves much like the ones from lavender and rosemary, It originated from southern Europe and it was introduced to Britain by the Romans (and after that to America by early settlers). It grows wild in France in rocky soil as well as on old ruins; in Britain it is usually present in garden borders or even hedges, combined with rosemary, catmint and lavender. Its beautiful flower tops are often royal blue, but could be white or pink. The flowers are extremely fragrant and engaging to bees and butterflies.

Hyssop, both flowers and leaves, have been greatly regarded for thousands of years because of its healing qualities, and it was among the bitter herbs pointed out within the Old Testament (utilized in the Passover ritual). Hippocrates, Galen and Dioscorides favoured its bechic and pectoral properties. In pagan religious ceremonies, hyssop was sprayed on worshippers to purify them. The Romans used it medicinally and culinarily, the latter for both safety against plague as well as for its aphrodisiac effect along with ginger,thyme and pepper. Thomas Tusser in 500 Points of Good Husbandry (1573) suggested hyssop as a strewing herb, and by the time of the great herbals of the Middle Ages, the herb was so well-known that their writers felt no need to enter into too much detail regarding it.

The health benefits of Hyssop Essential Oil could be related to its properties just as one astringent, stimulant, anti-Spasmodic, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, carminative, cicatrisant, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypertensive, nervine, sudorific, tonic, febrifuge, vermifuge and vulnerary substance.

The essential oil of Hyssop is extracted with the aid of steam distillation of the leaves and flowers of the shrub known as Hyssop. In the botanical world, it is known by the name Hyssopus Officinalis. This particular shrub grows mostly within the Mediterranean region and it was referred to as a holy or sacred herb in ancient times.

Hyssop, because of its disinfectant as well as anti-microbial qualities, was clearly pointed out even in the Old Testament like a purifying substance. The chief ingredients of Hyssop essential oil usually are Alpha Pinene, Camphene, Beta Pinene, Sabinene, Myrcene, Limonene, Pinocamphone, Iso-Pinocamphene, Gamma Terpineol, Cineole and Thujone.

Ancient people were not wrong when they recognized the medicinal qualities of the essential oil. We are able to also take advantage of the following medicinal qualities of Hyssop oil.

Traditional Uses of Hyssop:

  • Helps improve stomach tone.
  • It is often used as a household remedy, particularly as an expectorant and stomach tonic.
  • It has a positive effect when used to treat bronchitis and respiratory infections, especially where there is excessive mucous production.
  • Tea made from the leaves is used in the treatment of flatulence, stomach-aches, upper respiratory tract infections, coughs in children etc.
  • As gargle and expectorant for colds and respiratory ailments.
  • Crushed leaves or poultice of ground leaves promotes healing of bruises, sprains, wounds and insect bites.
  • Used for liver and gall bladder complaints.
  • Hot vapors of its decoctions for inflammation of the ears.
  • Poultice made from the fresh herb is used to heal wounds.
  • Tea made with the fresh green tops, and drunk several times daily, is one of the old fashioned country remedies for rheumatism that is still used.
  • Hyssop baths is recommended as part of the cure, but the quantity used would need to be considerable.
  • Hyssop can encourage the gastrointestinal system.
  • Strong tea made of the leaves and sweetened with honey is a traditional remedy for nose, throat, and lung afflictions and is sometimes applied externally to bruises.
  • Hyssop has been used in eye drops and mouth wash and is still valued for external use on cuts, bruises and muscular pains.
  • Hyssop is considered as a stimulant, carminative and expectorant and is used in colds, coughs, and congestion and lung complaints.
  • Flowers and leaves can be made into a tea to relieve stress and promote sleep.
  • Tincture and tea of the flower used to cure jaundice and dropsy.
  • Crushed leaves or poultice of ground leaves promotes healing of wounds and bruises.
  • Hot vapors of its decoctions for inflammation of the ears.
  • Decoction of flowers used as expectorant.
  • Infusion or decoction used for wound cleansing.
  • It is used to treat chest congestion, coughs; used as mild sedative.
  • It is used as gargle for sore throats.
  • It is used as poultice for bruises, sprains, wounds and insect bites.
  • In China, used to relieve colds and asthma.
  • Tincture and tea of the flower used to cure jaundice and dropsy.
  • Infusion of leaves used externally for rheumatism. Also, as bath herb for rheumatism.

Culinary Uses of Hyssop:

  • Leaves and flowers are edible.
  • Leaves and young shoot tips raw is used as a flavoring in soups, salads etc.
  • It can be used fresh or dried.
  • Raw flowers can be added to salads.
  • An essential oil from the plant is used as food flavoring.
  • Herb is also used to flavor liqueur and is part of the official formulation of Chartreuse.
  • Although too pungent for most palates, it has been used for herbal wines.
  • French liqueurs, Benedictine and Chartreuse, contain hyssop as one of the essential ingredients.
  • Monks used hyssop to spice soups and stews in medieval times.
  • Used in moderation one or two small fresh leaves, finely chopped, can add appeal to soups, stews, sauces and stuffing.
  • Sweetly scented flowers can add flavor and color to green salads, or be used in pickles and preserves.
  • Pinch of the herb is good in pea soup and in lentil and mushroom dishes.
  • Sausages, pâtés, and meaty stews are often seasoned with this robust herb.
  • Little hyssop will anchor the flavor of a savory fruit sauce for duck, goose, or turkey.
  • Hyssop is sometimes used in place of thyme to make za’atar in Israel.

Other Uses of Hyssop:

  • Essential oil is used in aromatherapy.
  • An essential oil from the leaves is antiseptic and also used in perfumery and as a food flavoring.
  • The plant was previously used as a strewing herb and is also used in pot-pourri.
  • Tea made from the leaves is useful for controlling bacterial plant diseases.
  • Plants can be grown for ground cover when spaced about 45cm apart each way.
  • Plant is commonly used by beekeepers to produce a rich and aromatic honey.
  • Plant is also used to make an essential oil, extract and capsule.
  • Thought to ward off evil and misfortune by Ancient Greeks, it was used to cleanse homes and temples.
  • Cooled hyssop tea is a refreshing and cleansing facial rinse.
  • Hyssop was once hung in homes to protect from evil and witches.
  • As a fragrance, hyssop oil can be added to soaps, lotions and body washes.
  • Flowers and leaves used for herbal baths.
  • Aromatic oil used in perfumes and potpourris.
  • Birds and butterflies are attracted to its flowers.
  • Used for purgation (religious purification) in Egypt, where, according to Chaeremon of Alexandria, priests eat it with bread to purify the food making it suitable for their austere diet.
  • Acid Reflux: Add 3-5 grans of dried herb in water. Prepare a tea. Drink once a day.
  • Ascaris: Make Infusion of the leaves of Hyssop. Have twice a day.
  • Body Lice: Make a decoction of dried Hyssop. Use it while taking bath.
  • Chest Congestion: Take a bowl of boiling water. Add 4-5 drops of each Aniseed oil, Eucalyptus oil, Fennel oil, Cardamom oil, Peppermint oil, Angelica oil, juniper oil and Hyssop oil. Inhale the aromatic smell.
  • Clogged Respiratory System: Add 2–3 drops of hyssop oil to Vapor Rub to clear clogged respiratory system.
  • Cough: Prepare a decoction of Hyssop, White horehound and Coltsfoot. Use it twice a day.
  • Dyspnea: Take few leaves of lemon balm. Add Hyssop and Pennyroyal in equal quantity. Prepare a decoction. Have one cup once a day.
  • Emphysema: Add Basil, Hyssop and Thyme oil in one jug of boiled water. Take steam bath.
  • Fever: Massage two drops of hyssop oil and a teaspoon of coconut oil into your feet to reduce fever.
  • Head Lice: Mix Tea tree oil and olive oil in 1:10 ratio. Apply it on your scalp and hair. Wash after 3 hours.
  • Indigestion: Prepare a decoction of the leaves of hyssop. Take with honey twice a day.
  • Kill Bacteria: To kill bacteria in the mouth, gargle 1–2 drops of hyssop mixed with water.
    Increase Blood circulation: To increase blood circulation and repair damaged heart cells, add 1–2 drops of hyssop oil, or dried hyssop leaves to Heart Health Juice.
  • Lower Body Temperature: Add 3–5 drops of hyssop oil to warm bath water to stimulate sweating and lower body temperature.
  • Scars and Wounds: Add 2–3 drops of hyssop oil with equal parts coconut or jojoba oil and apply the mixture to the specific area twice daily.
  • Skin Diseases: Make a fine paste of the roots and the bark of Hyssop. Apply over the affected area.
  • Skin Irritations, Burns, Bruising and Frostbite: Dilute 2–3 drops of hyssop with equal parts of a carrier oil (like coconut or jojoba oil) before applying to skin.

Astringent:

The function of the astringent is usually to contract or even cause something to shrink. Hyssop essential oil, just as one astringent, helps make the gums, muscles as well as limbs, abdomen, intestines, skin, tissues as well as blood vessels to contract. This enables you  in numerous ways. This could avoid muscles as well as skin from sagging down because of age, loosening or even loss of teeth, wrinkles, and hemorrhaging, all by rapidly contracting the blood vessels.

Antispasmodic:

Just as one antispasmodic, Hyssop essential oil provides relief in spasms of the respiratory system, therefore treating spasmodic coughs. additionally, it cures spasms of the nervous system so as to cure convulsions as well as associated problems, as well as lowering muscular spasms, that cures cramps, and spasms of the intestines, providing rest from acute abdominal pain. It’s also valuable in treating spasmodic cholera.

Increases Circulation:

A boost in blood flow or even circulation within the body benefits the heart and also the body’s muscles as well as arteries. Hyssop oil enhances as well as encourages circulation due to its anti-rheumatic qualities. By increasing circulation, hyssop oil could work like a natural cure for gout, rheumatism, arthritis as well as swelling. Your heart rate decreases once your blood circulates appropriately, and your heart muscles relax as well as your blood pressure flows equally through the entire body, impacting every organ.Most people are searching for natural arthritis cures since it could be a debilitating condition. Osteoarthritis, the most typical kind of arthritis, takes place when cartilage in between joints wears down, causing pain and inflammation. By raising circulation, hyssop oil prevents swelling as well as inflammation, allowing the blood to flow throughout the body as well as reducing the pressure which builds up due to blocked arteries.

Antiseptic:

Whenever we are injured or even get a cut or abrasion, our first worry would be that the wound might turn out to be septic. When it is from an iron object, then there remains an opportunity of it becoming infected by tetanus. Hyssop oil, put on wounds, may help us prevent both the above situations. As it is an antiseptic compound, it helps prevent infections from developing within the wounds.

Cicatrisant:

Deep cuts will heal more rapidly and also the scar marks left by them will appear reduced faster if Hyssop oil is used to them. It really is equally helpful to fade away the after spots of boils, pox, infections, and insect bites.

Digestive:

This particular oil allows for digestion. As being a stimulant, it energizes the secretion of gastric juices just like acids, enzymes, and bile to the stomach, which accelerates the decomposition of complex proteins, carbohydrates along with other nutrients. Additionally, it allows for the passage of these foods from the intestines simply by stimulating peristaltic motion, therefore optimizing the absorption of those nutrients by intestinal villi.

Fights Parasites:

Hyssop has the capacity to fight parasites, that are organisms which feed off the nutrition of other organisms. A few examples of parasites consist of tapeworm, fleas, hookworms and flukes. Simply because it’s a vermifuge, hyssop oil kicks out parasitic worms, mainly in the intestines. Whenever a parasite resides in and feed on its host, it disturbs nutrient absorption and results in weakness and disease. In case the parasite is living within the intestines, it disturbs the digestive as well as immune systems.

As a result, hyssop could be a major factor of the parasite cleanse, as hyssop helps many systems within the body and helps to ensure that your required nutrients aren’t taken by these hazardous organisms.

Diuretic:

Hyssop essential oil may also accelerate detoxification of the body, elimination of excessive water and sodium, lack of fats and decrease in blood pressure simply by promoting a single thing – urination. It improves the regularity of urination and also the quantity of urine too. It has other benefits too. Hyssop essential oil will keep your heart healthy, helps digestion and in addition decreases the formation of gas.

Emmenagogue:

This particular property of Hyssop essential oil might help women along with irregular, blocked, painful, or even exhausting menstruation. This oil opens up menses, causes it to be regular and in addition helps overcome signs and symptoms related to menses like nausea, headache, pain in lower abdomen, fatigue, loss of appetite, as well as mood swings.

Expectorant:

This really is another beneficial property of Hyssop essential oil. It’s an expectorant. This is an excellent cure to loosen phlegm which has been firmly deposited within the respiratory tracts. This prevents the respiratory warm as well as stops any further deposition of phlegm within it. Moreover, it will help to prevent the infections because of the common cold.

Carminative:

This particular oil, having carminative qualities, helps clear gases through the intestines and reduces you of problems just like uneasiness, heaviness, indigestion, stomach aches, nausea, vomiting, appetite loss, and also heart troubles. Furthermore, Hyssop oil doesn’t let the formation of gas. It really energizes the downward passage of gas for safe expulsion through the body.

Febrifuge:

When fever is because of infections, it will help decrease it by combating infections. Whenever fever is because of an accumulation of toxins within the body, this particular oil decreases it by promoting the removing of toxins through the body through urination. Hyssop oil also leads to sweating, which will help reduce a person’s temperature in cases of quite high fever.

Hypertensive:

Now, this particular property might not be welcome for normal or even hypertensive people, however it is very theraputic for hypotensive individuals (individuals who have problems with low blood pressure level). This particular essential oil can increase blood pressure which help eliminate problems related to low blood pressure, like headaches, inclination of vomiting, fatigue, and swelling within the limbs.

Nervine:

Being a Nervine means serving as a tonic for the nervous system. This will keep the nervous system healthy as well as in good, working order and helps to prevent nervous disorders. It is efficient at cases of vertigo, nervousness, and convulsions too. Hyssop essential oil is an excellent nervine and tones up the whole central nervous system.

Stimulant:

Hyssop oil encourages all the systems running within the body. It energizes the nervous, circulatory, digestive, endocrine, nerural, and  excretory systems. Therefore, it energizes the body’s metabolism in general helping in optimal consumption as well as absorption of the nutrients. Additionally, it encourages as well as stimulates the immune system and helps to protect the body from infections and diseases.

Sudorific:

If a person is struggling with limited perspiration, blocked perspiration, or even no perspiration at all (something teenagers usually have desired), he or she may be in big trouble. It really implies that toxic elements, excessive water as well as sodium is gathering within your body, that is paving the way for bigger or even long-term trouble. So, get going and make use of Hyssop essential oil. As being a sudorific, it will help bring about lots of perspiration as well as frees the body of toxins, water and additional salts. Additionally, it can assist you to lose fat.

Vermifuge:

It kills worms, intestinal as well as otherwise, whilst helping those children enjoy a better life who were struggling with obstructed growth because of these worms. Nutrients can in fact be put to good use, and kids can start to develop appropriately.

Vulnerary:

Hyssop essential oil safeguards wounds from infections helping them heal faster.

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