Hyssop Herb Information - Hyssop Tea & Benefits

Hyssop herb picture

Hyssop Herb Picture

Botanical Name: Hyssopus officinalis

Hyssop is one of the most attractive plants for the herb garden. It is a small herbal perennial which has long stalks with narrow leaves and blue flowers. Hyssop is an evergreen shrub with fragrant leaves. The leaves are small, green and lance shaped, they add a subtle mint-like flavour when chopped into a green salad. Hyssop plant grows to about 60 cms in height. The hyssop flowers have a strong attraction for bees and butterflies, and the plant is worth cultivating both for this reason, and for its perfume.

Hyssop Tea

Recipe: Take 1 dessert spoon dried herb in 1/4 litre boiling water. Leave for 10 minutes. Drink 2-3 cups a day. You can add sugar or honey to taste.

Take this hyssop tea as soon as the symptoms develop for colds and flu. Use also for indigestion and a 'nervous' stomach. Add with equal parts of White Horehound and Coltsfoot for coughs and bronchitis. Take in equal parts with Boneset, Elder Flower and Peppermint for the common cold. Take neat for pleurisy.

For black eyes soak a compress in hyssop water, it's cheaper than steak! It can also be used to calm insect stings.

Hyssop Essential Oil

Hyssop essential oil is used to relieve tension and stress. As with all essential oils add a few drops of the essential oil to a carrier oil. Massage this oil into the aching area. It is also used for viral infections, hay fever, eczema and circulatory problems.

Massage hyssop oil into the soles of the feet, or into the aching area when suffering from gallstones.

Add a few drops of hyssop oil to a cold compress to clear bruises. It has been used for treating people who have undergone face lifts!

Massage 10 drops of hyssop essential oil, mixed with 20ml almond, or sunflower oil, on the chest for bronchitis and colds. You can add a thyme or eucalyptus.

You can add 5-10 drops of essential oil to your bath when you feel nervously exhausted or are just 'down in the dumps'.

Note: Do not use this oil if you are suffering from epilepsy.

Hyssop Benefits

Hyssop is used for disorders of the cardiovascular system. As it is both stimulating and sedative, it can regulate blood pressure whether high or low. Infusion of the hyssop leaves are also used to improve digestion, suppress coughs and relieve intestinal congestion.

Hyssop is available from health food stores and herbalists.

Precautions: Do not use for periods longer than a few weeks. Usage should also be avoided during pregnancy.

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