Hyssop- An Ancient Herb With Benefits Today

A lovely herb for the body and the garden.
A lovely herb for the body and the garden.

“Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7

For centuries, herbs were used more for health and healing more so than for simply culinary purposes and hyssop is one of the oldest in recording.

Hyssop is one of those that has been known for its abilities to help clear excess mucous and phlegm.  Hyssop is also said to be a caminative- an a herb or preparation that either prevents formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract or facilitates the expulsion of said gas, thereby combating flatulence. With antiseptic properties, this is an herb that is also good for skin irritations , scrapes and bruises.  An excellent herb for combating the common cold.

Two good sites for herb information say this about Hyssop

Medicinal Action and Uses—Expectorant, diaphoretic, stimulant, pectoral, carminative. The healing virtues of the plant are due to a particular volatile oil, which is stimulative, carminative and sudorific. It admirably promotes expectoration, and in chronic catarrh its diaphoretic and stimulant properties combine to render it of especial value. It is usually given as a warm infusion, taken frequently and mixed with Horehound. Hyssop Tea is also a grateful drink, well adapted to improve the tone of a feeble stomach, being brewed with the green tops of the herb, which are sometimes boiled in soup to be given for asthma. In America, an infusion of the leaves is used externally for the relief of muscular rheumatism, and also for bruises and discoloured contusions, and the green herb, bruised and applied, will heal cuts promptly.  A Modern Herbal

Hyssop is used in herbal medicine to move excesses of fluids or phlegm. Since the expectorant qualities of the herb depend on its essential oil, always brew hyssop tea in a closed vessel and keep the bottle of hyssop tincture tightly closed. American folklore prescribes a bath of hyssop to help ease rheumatism. Japanese research published in 2003 in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology suggests that hyssop teas can help lower the sharp increase in blood sugars after eating which is common to people who have or who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.    Mountain Rose Herbs

There is also good information at www.livestrong.com

Not only does hyssop help the body, it is beautiful in the garden.  An evergreen perennial, bushy herb, growing 1 to 2 feet high, with square stem, linear leaves and flowers in whorls, six- to fifteen-flowered.  The blooms, depending on the variety of the plant, are going from August to October.   The colors of the herb vary in color some being blue, white or red.  Just as with all other herbs, butterflies and insects love the blooms.  Being an evergreen you will have green herb to work with all year long.

Your health, your responsibility-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.

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