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Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)


Also known as herb hyssop, Hyssopus offinalis is herbaceous plant that is prevalent in Southern Europe and parts of the Middle East. It has brightly colored shrub and has a height that ranges from 30 to 70 cm. It has for long been used by the ancient communities of both Europe and Asia as herbal remedy for different diseases. In addition to being used as a herbal remedy for ailments that have been attacking communities in both Europe and Asia, Hyssopus offinalis has also being used  as an aromatic herb. Apparently, Hyssopus officinalis has also being used as a medicinal plant, thanks to its many medicinal uses that give it the ability to counter many ailments. Among these medicinal uses of Hyssopus officinalis include.


Medicinal uses

  • Remedy for brain and nervous system disorders: Hyssop is an ideal herbal remedy for a variety of nervous system disorders that have been attacking man from the time immemorial. It is rich in compounds that help in easing the nervous tension, which is among the most common nervous system disorder. In addition to countering nervous tension, Hyssop also provide an ideal herbal remedy for anxiety. Hysteria and petit mal are the other types of disorders that can be treated using Hyssopus.
  • Remedy for gastrointestinal conditions: Hyssop is used as a remedy for gastrointestinal disorders and a variety of digestive disorders.  It helps in reducing intestinal gases that are found in the digestive tract, thus providing an ideal herbal remedy for flatulence. Hyssop also helps in curbing poor digestion and eliminating mucous that congests the digestive tract and which is among the causes of digestive disorders. Hyssop also helps in enhancing the absorption of minerals and nutrients.
  • Used as a remedy for female conditions: Hyssop has also provided cure for a variety of conditions that are common in women. Among these female conditions that hyssop has for long provided cure for includes breast problems. It is effective in treating swelling breasts among the many breasts problems that this herb can be used to treat. Hyssop can also be used for healing menstrual cramps, and pain that come along with menstruation.
  • Liver conditions: Hyssop is also an ideal cure for a variety of liver conditions. Among these liver conditions that this herb has for long been used for treating includes jaundice. It has a chemical property referred to as sudorific and which helps in promoting the activity of the liver tissue and cells. It also has properties that help in countering bacteria that might result to liver conditions if not given proper medical attention. 
  • Remedy for respiratory tract disorders: Hyssop has an agent referred to as expectorant, which helps in discharging the mucous and other types of secretions from respiratory tracts. In addition, it has provided cure for a variety of respiratory diseases, which includes among them asthma, bronchitis, influenza and sinusitis. It is also ideal for soothing sore throats and countering pulmonary complaints. Moreover, Hyssop is used for healing infections that are common in the respiratory tracts and that which are among the causes of respiratory disorders.


Dosage and administration

Hyssop is used as a dry herb for countering diseases. For adults over the age of eighteen years, they ought to take 2 grams of this herb, after mixing it with boiled water or any other beverages. For children, they are supposed to take 1gram of dry Hyssop, when it is mixed with water or any other beverage.


Parts used

Apparently, not all parts of Hyssop are used for countering ailments. However, the only parts of this herbaceous plant that are used for the purposes of curing and treating diseases and conditions are its aerial parts.



There are a number of benefits that are linked to Hyssop. Among them is that it has antiviral and antiseptic properties that gives it the ability to treat different types of respiratory disorders. In addition, this property gives Hyssop the ability to reduce sore throat inflammations. It is also ideal for curing digestive disorders and reduces intestinal gases. Due to its antiseptic properties, Hyssop can be used as an ointment for cuts, bruises and wounds. It can also be used as a pain reliever for pain that comes along with many ailments.


Side effects

However effective Hyssop is, is also has some side effects if used in large quantities. Among them includes vomiting and seizures. There are also some people who are allergic to this herbaceous plant and can be affected significantly after using it. Doctors have maintained that, Hyssop should never be taken by pregnant women and people suffering from epilepsy and chronic fever.



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