Hyssopus officinalis, also commonly known as hyssop, is an herb native to the Middle East and Southeastern Europe. This brightly colored shrub produces bunches of colorful, fragrant flowers during the summer months, and it height ranges between 30 to 60 cms.
This plant has been used since a long time by beekeepers to produce rich and aromatic honey, and its herbs are commonly used as an aromatic condiment. In many parts of the world, hyssop is also used in cooking different food preparations.
Hyssop is also known to possess many therapeutic and medicinal properties, and are in use even today to deal with a large number of health conditions.
Here we’ve elaborated some of them below
- Hyssop is known to possess expectorant, soothing and cough suppressing properties, making it one of the best natural remedies for cold and cough, especially seasonal cold occurring in the winter months.
- Hyssop is also a component of many different eye drops and mouthwashes today.
- Hyssop oil is also used in many foods as a flavoring agent. In certain manufacturing industries, it is also used as a fragrance for soaps.
- Herbal medicine practitioners believe that hyssop may actually have many benefits when used as a natural treatment for skin irritations, bruises burns and frostbites.
- Some individuals also used hyssop extracts as a gargle or in baths to initiate sweating.
- Some studies have found that hyssop extracts may be helpful in dealing with urinary tract infections, menstrual cramps and circulation problems. It is also believed that its extracts may be helpful in the treatment of HIV.
- The parts of hyssop which are found above the ground are thought to be exceptionally useful in dealing with gastrointestinal conditions such as colic, intestinal gas, intestinal pain, loss of appetite and problems associated with liver and gallbladder.
- Some preliminary studies have also found that the extracts of this herb could be useful in curing conditions like asthma, sore throat, common cold, cough and several respiratory tract infections.