Hyssop has been used since Biblical times as a cathartic (laxative). The word “hyssop” is of Greek origin and means “holy herb.” Nicolaus Culpepper (17th Century Herbalist) writes: “Mixed with honey will kill worms of the belly.” An extract of Hyssop has also been shown to have anti-viral activities used to combat the herpes simplex virus. The healing virtues of this plant are due to its volatile oil that is simulative, carminative and sudorific in nature. Hyssop is used primarily for quinsy (inflammation of tonsils and surrounding tissues). It is excellent as a blood regulator, since it both increases circulation and lowers blood pressure. Hyssop is used to strengthen the immune system. It is good for treatment of coughs due to colds and is helpful in the treatment of nose and throat infection.
Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
- Primary Uses: Here are a few of the ailments Hyssop can provide relief for: • Catarrh (chronic) • Congestion/Phlegm • Coughs (irritable)/Wheezing • Lung Ailments • Pleurisy • Sore Throat • Worms