Hyssop has been used for centuries as an herbal medicine. In ancient times it was used as an insecticide, insect repellant, and pediculicide. Hyssop is obtained from the dried above-ground parts, including leaves and flowering tops, of H. officinalis.
The oil, which is used in flavorings and extracts, is also made from the above-ground parts of the plant. One of hyssop's glycoside components, marrubiin, stimulates bronchiole secretions. Hyssop has strong antiviral effects, probably because of the caffeic acid, tannin, and high-molecular-weight components present.
It may have some activity against human immunodeficiency virus-l (HIV-1) replication and the herpes simplex virus. Hyssop is available as capsules and extracts.
Hyssop is used orally to treat upset stomach, liver and gallbladder complaints, indigestion, colds, fevers, respiratory and chest ailments, sore throat, asthma, urinary tract inflammation, gas, and colic. It's also used as an expectorant and as an appetite and circulation stimulant.
Hyssop is used topically in a salve or compress to treat skin irritations, burns, bruises, and frostbite. The oil is used as fragrance in soaps and perfumes. It's used to flavor foods and extracts and as a flavoring in alcoholic beverages.
Hyssop Therapeutic-Grade Essential Oil can improve blood circulation and help improve low blood pressure. It is noted for its ability to ease symptoms of viral infections and respiratory problems such as coughs, sore throats, flu and asthma.
Hyssop oil is also thought to be helpful for colic, flatulence and indigestion and can help with bleeding and fluid retention problems involved with the monthly cycle. Therapeutic-Grade Essential Hyssop Oil is a good choice for most people to use externally. It should not be used by women who are pregnant or by people suffering from epilepsy because of the component pinocamphone.
Two 445 mg capsules by mouth three times a day
Extract: 10 to 15 gtt in water by mouth two to three times a day
Tea (1 to 2 tsp dried hyssop tops in 5 oz boiling water): Gargle or consume three times a day.
Hyssop may cause uterine stimulation. Using hyssop with anticonvulsants may counteract antiseizure effects.
Cleanse and detoxify with Hyssop. When toxins build up in the intestinal tract, they affect the health of your entire body. That's why an occasional cleansing makes good sense. Hyssop helps cleanse the intestinal tract of unhealthy substances so you can feel your best.