I got a graphic from Natural News that listed “seven powerful emergency herbal remedies” you should have on hand.  The last herb on the graphic was “hyssop”.  It sounded familiar to me, but I have not seen it mentioned  lately until today.  When I started researching this herb, I realized that I had heard of this herb from a Bible reference.  This herb has been used since ancient times—the Romans and Greeks used it as  a cooking herb.

I wondered why it was included in the seven and am still wondering a little when other herbs do this without the side effects that this herb has.  Hyssop was known in the Bible as a cleansing herb and is still thought of as one because of its use as an expectorant to clear the respiratory passageways of phlegm.  Hyssop can also be used as a poultice to cleanse cuts, sores and other skin wounds.

Hyssop is an herbaceous plant of the genus Hyssopus native to Southern Europe, Middle East, and around the Caspian Sea.

Culinary Uses:  Hyssop adds a mint-like flavoring.  Use the flowers in small amounts because if you se too much it over powers your dish.  It can be used in salads, vegetable dishes or as an accompaniment to beef and poultry.  The flowers can be used fresh or dried.  I do not know if the flowers are hard to find.  In France, they use hyssop commercially in Benedictine and Chartreuse liqueurs.

Hyssop’s medicinal uses are:

In tea (2-3 teaspoons of the herb in 1 cup of hot water)*, gargling with the tea two or three times daily helps to relieve coughing and sore throats.

Hyssop infusion can ease common colds, relieve digestive issues, reduce phlegm, help with asthma and influenza.   It must be drunk hot.

As a tincture and using it in combination with licorice, elecampane and anise, it can treat cases of bronchitis and chronic coughs.  “Using this herbal combination remedy is excellent for all disorders leading to respiratory distress.”

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The syrup is excellent to treat persistent coughs.  The syrup is best if made from the hyssop infusion, itself prepared from the stem or flowering parts. “This syrup can also be used in a combination herbal formula with the flowers of the mullein or with some licorice to treat very stubborn coughs and to boost the pulmonary function in people suffering from general weakness in the lungs.”

The essential oil – the volatile Hyssop oil —  can be diluted with other plant oils such as almond oil or sunflower oil and used as a topical remedy.  It can be used as a chest rub to relieve some of the symptoms associated with bronchitis and colds.  I think this is how you would use as a topical on abrasions, cuts, etc.

Hyssop planted in your garden can be a natural insect repellent.  In a 1992 “Mother Earth News” article, it was recommended planting Hyssop next to cabbage.

Hyssop has side-effect warnings.  This was noted on every webpage I visited.  The warnings involve pregnant women, breast-feeding, children and persons who have a history of seizures.  Hyssop effects could lead to miscarriage, seizures or make seizures worse and have caused convulsions in children.

So, I am still puzzled why this is one of the seven top.  In the article, the reason he put it was one of the seven as an anti-viral effective poultice for cuts, abrasions, sores and other skin wounds.

I am glad I did the research, although I do not know if I would search hard for this herbal remedy.


Herbs2000.com: Hyssop

Livestrong.com: Hyssop Uses

WebMD: Hyssop

Livestrong.com: Hyssop Herb Benefits

Localharvest.org Hyssop Seeds


About Marilyn

I am a "retired senior" (I've been a school librarian and library tech for a government research facility) who is now pursuing a dream of a home business sewing bags of all sorts, crafting and being the creative person I have always wanted to be. I grew up in the center of Illinois and dreamed of actually living back in the state of Colorado where I was born and lived till the age of 7. That dream came true when I met my husband of 43 years while working together in Estes Park. I am interested in alternative medicine, continuing the good health I've always had, while returning to the pre-processed food era of: eating well, losing weight, and using products that do not harm the environment, me, my family and friends. I am for labeling GMO’s, using sustainable products, organics and finding solutions to everyday problems, like colds and sore muscles, using natural remedies. I have a positive attitude that has helped through a very hard year and will bring forth a life that will be full and happy. My family is wonderful and I am a happy lady, wife, mother, and grandma.

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