Hyssop Herbal


Hyssopus officinalis

PART USED: Aerial portion

PROPERTIES: Expectorant, Diaphoretic, Stimulant, Sedative (when needed), Tonic, Pectoral, Vulnerary

SYSTEMS AFFECTED: Respiratory, Circulatory, Digestive

POSSIBLE USES: lung ailments with chronic catarrh, coughs, respiratory congestion, sore throat, asthma, gas, bloating, colic


In the past, Hyssop was regarded as a cure-all. Dioscorides, in the 1st century B.C. recommended a recipe containing Hyssop, figs, honey, and water for treating a wide range of respiratory ailments. Although greatly undervalued today (it is coming into its own as an essential oil), Hyssop has shown a positive effect when treating bronchitis and other respiratory infections, especially where there is excessive mucus.

Although Hyssop is considered a stimulant (when a stimulant is needed), it can also act as a sedative and a tonic when that is what is needed. It is a useful remedy for asthma, especially with children. Like many herbs with a high percentage of volatile oils, Hyssop soothes the digestive tract and is useful for such ailments as indigestion, gas, bloating, and colic.

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