Latin Binomial: Hyssopus officinalis
Qualities: Bitter, pungent, dry, slightly warming (Ody)
- Volatile oil (up to 1%)
- Bitter substance – Marrubin
“The brethe or vapor of hyssop driveth away the winde that is in the ears if they be holden over it” –William Turner, 1562
- Relaxes peripheral blood vessels
- Topical Anti-Inflammatory
- Anti-viral -(herpes simplex)
- Nervine – Sedative (Hoffman)
- Chesty Colds
- Soothing griping pains
- Promote sweating in chills and influenza
- Digestive upsets and nervous stomach
Anti-spasmodic properties of volatile oil indicate use in coughs, bronchitis & chronic catarrh.
Diaphoretic properties make it ideal in treatment of common cold.
Hoffman indicates potential use in petite mal, anxiety states and hysteria.
Contraindications: None known
Caution: Essential oil contains the ketone pino-camphone which, in high doses- can cause convulsions. Stick to recommended dose
1:1 2.0 to 4.0 mL per day
1:1 42 to 84 mL per week
INFUSION: Pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoons of dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. Drink three times per day.
TINCTURE: 1-4 ml three times a day (Hoffman)
- Traditionally combined with fresh figs for constipation
- Combine with liquorice, elecampane and anise for bronchitis and stubborn coughs
- Combine in syrup with liquorice or mullein flowers for stubborn coughs and lung weakness
- COUGHS & BRONCHITIS: White Horehound and Coltsfoot
- COMMON COLD: Boneset, Elder Flower & Peppermint
- ESSENTIAL OIL CHEST RUB: Dilute 10 drops of hyssop oil in 20ml almond oil for bronchitis and chesty colds. Combines well with thyme and eucalyptus.
- Add 5-10 drops to bath water for nervous exhaustion, melancholy or sorrows
References & Article Links:
http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/h/hyssop48.html – Modern Herbal- Hyssop
http://www.complete-herbal.com/details/hyssop.htm – Complete Herbal- Hyssop
Hoffman, D. Holistic Herbal pg.207