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Hyssop

Also indexed as:Hyssopus officinalis
Hyssop: Main Image© Martin Wall
Botanical names:
Hyssopus officinalis

Parts Used & Where Grown

Hyssop reportedly originated in the area around the Black Sea in central Asia and today is widely cultivated in other arid regions, partly because it thrives even in the most desolate soils. Hyssop's fragrant flowers and leaves are used as medicine.

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This supplement has been used in connection with the following health conditions:

Used for AmountWhy
Asthma
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Hyssop, which has a soothing effect on bronchioles, has traditionally been used for asthma.
Colic
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Hyssop has mild sedative properties and may also be helpful in relieving colic, but research is lacking.
Common Cold and Sore Throat
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Hyssop may promote a healthy fever and the immune system's ability to fight infections.
Cough
Refer to label instructions 1 star[1 star]
Hyssop has a long history of use for relieving coughs.

Traditional Use (May Not Be Supported by Scientific Studies)

The most common uses of hyssop in traditional herbalism have been to relieve chest congestion and coughs, to soothe sore throats, and to act as a mild sedative.1 Some herbalists consider it stronger for relieving gas or intestinal cramping than for easing a cough.2 In addition to using hyssop for the above conditions, early 20th century Eclectic physicians (doctors who recommended herbs) in the United States used the herb topically to soothe burned skin.3

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