Hyssop Benefits and Natural Properties
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) is an amazing herb native to the Mediterranean region. It has a long and specific history, both in the Bible and across many nations. The benefits of hyssop naturally come to mind as we celebrate the birth of Christ this season. Let’s hope this holy herb keeps us calm during the winter craziness (although fortunately this year has been the calmest I’ve seen)!
For those of us who read the Bible, hyssop is first spoken of when God directed His people to use it as a way to be set apart from their oppressors in Egypt (Exodus 12:22-23). In fact, there are many times Hyssop is mentioned and called upon throughout the scriptures. The word “hyssop” is of Greek origin and means “holy herb” and Psalms 51:7 reads:
“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
The Natural Properties of Hyssop
As for the plant itself, Hyssop is an evergreen perennial that originally grew in southern Europe, the Middle East, and central Asia. It is now classified as a garden herb, as part of the mint family. Hyssop can survive for several years with at least some new growth on it each season. It does not like the cold though, so for those in higher elevations, be sure to have a good space set aside for her!
The medicinal properties of hyssop have been known for thousands of years, dating beyond even Hippocrates. It adds a warmth to foods like salads, fish, meat, and vegetables, even with its distinct bitter flavor.
Hyssop is probably most famously known as an herb that helps with symptoms of a cold or flu, both for children and adults. I have used Hyssop in my own practice for all kinds of lung issues, the common cold & flu, and even the occasional “belly bug” (worms…ewww)!
Hyssop Benefits and Effects on the Body
Like many herbs, hyssop has a diverse array of effects on the body. So, how can it impact our health?
- Anti-inflammatory: Reduces inflammation in the body
- Antispasmodic: An agent that prevents or relieves spasms
- Antiviral: Opposing the action of viruses
- Carminative: Relieves intestinal gas pain and distension
- Cathartic: A strong laxative (hence why you don’t want to go too crazy with this herb)
- Diaphoretic: Causes perspiration and increases elimination through the skin
- Expectorant: Encourages the loosening and removal of phlegm from the respiratory tract
- Hepatic: Herbs that support and stimulate the liver, gallbladder, and spleen
- Nervine: Strengthens functional activity of the nervous system
- Parasiticide: An agent that kills parasites and worms
- Sedative: An agent that exerts a soothing or tranquilizing effect
- Stimulant: Increases internal heat, dispels internal chill, and strengthens metabolism and circulation
- Stomachic: Strengthens stomach function
- Tonic: Restoring, nourishing, and supporting for the entire body
- Vulnerary: Assists in healing wounds by protecting against infection and stimulating cell growth
Over the years I have used Hyssop for a variety of conditions:
- To strengthen the immune system
- To help the healing process by way of sweating (wonderful when sick and stuck)
- “Wet” lung issues & ailments
- Sore throats
- Assist others herbs during allergy season
- Certain blood and cardiac conditions
- Occasionally for those with “brain fog” and who are irritated
CAUTION: Not recommended during pregnancy, lactation, or for use with children under 2 years of age.
Products Filled with Hyssop Benefits
Sniffle Blocker Tea: Got the sniffles? Get this tea here to soothe this annoying experience that is all too common in the winter.
Allergy Relief Tea: Hyssop and several other organic herbs combine to create this soothing daily tea for those pesky seasonal allergies that leave you stuffy and inflamed. Pick it up here.
Herbal Throat Spray: Nothing hurts worse than a sore, scratchy throat. This herbal throat spray is formulated with propolis for that extra kick when you need it most! Get some here.
Cold & Flu Botanicals: This is perfect for children and the elderly, as it’s a gentle herbal blend of botanicals that help your loved one get through a rough sick episode. Get it here.
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Getting the Most from Hyssop
Now while Hyssop is a wonderful herb, don’t get crazy with it (or any herb)! Our diets play a huge role in our health and they should be our starting point. Think nutrient density, fiber, water and physical exercise.
Each of us has a different story so our current health depends on the person and the situation. If you have health issues, ask your ND, Herbalist or other practitioner about using Hyssop or other herbs you are unsure of. They will be able to guide you in this.
*For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. (Because why would we want to do that?)