(Hyssopus officinalis L.)
CHARACTERISTICS OF HYSSOP
Common English name: Hyssop
Common name in other languages:
- Spanish: Hisopo, hisopillo, rabillo
- Catalan / Català: Hisop
- Galician / Galego: Hissopo
- Portuguese / Português: Hissopo
- Basque / Euskara: Hyssop
- Italian / Italiano: Issopo
- Romanian / Română: Isop
- French / Français: Hysope, Hysope officinale
- German / Deutsch: Heisop, Bienenkraut, Hizopf, Gewürzysop, Duftisoppe, Echter Ysop, Josefskraut Eisenkraut, Eisop, Esope, Hisopo, Ibsche, Isop, Ispen, Essigkraut,
- Polish/ Polski: Hyzop lekarski, izap lekarski, józefka
- Dutch /Nederlands: Hysop
- Norwegian /Norsk bokmål: Isop
- Finnish /Suomi: Iisopi
- Swedish /Svenska: Isop
- Turkish / Türkçe: Çördük
- Русский / Russian: Иссо́п лека́рственный
Scientific name: Hyssopus officinalis L.
Family: Labiatae (Lamiaceae)
Habitat and distribution: Mediterranean plant naturalized in Europe. Originally from calcareous soil of Mediterranean forests, rocky thickets or mountainous arid and sunny areas,. From 0 to 2,000m. altitude.
Description of hyssop
Botanical illustration of a hyssop plant.
Aromatic perennial plant of Labiatae family, up to 70cm high.
Erect, quadrangular, woody stem. sessile.
Opposite, lanceolate or elliptical leaves.
How to collect hyssop
Hyssop harvesting is done between August and October, when the plant is in bloom and has a higher amount of essential oil (maximum period of balsamic essence).
It must be cut with the help of clean scissors 15 cm above the plant to ensure its survival. Dry in a dark, dry and ventilated place for 15-30 days.
Harvested morning plants have more essential oil than those harvested the afternoon. The varieties with the highest proportion of essential oil are blue flowers (1-1.5% essential oil), followed by pink varieties (0.8%) and white (0.5%).
Composition of hyssop
Essential oil (0.3 to 1%): In leaves and flowers. The main component is pinocamphone (50%) and thujone, two terpene ketones with psicoanaleptic effect (nerves stimulating).
Other components of essential oil are: isopinocamhone, pinocarvone, pinene alpha and beta (14%), camphene, linalool, cineol, pinocamphol, myrcene, estragole, limonene, sabinene.
Marrubiin: Lactone with fluidizing effect for bronchial mucus. Its use can cause irritation of mucous membranes, so it should not be used in case swollen bronchi.
Acids: Rosmarinic or labiatic acid, ferulic acid, oleanolic acid, ursolic acid
Flavonoids: Diosmin (The swab is the richest plant in this flavonoid with antiinflammatory properties), hesperidin, tannins
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES OF HYSSOP
INTERNAL USE REMEDIES WITH HYSSOP
Uses of hyssop as a medicinal plant
Photo of a hyssop plant.
Traditionally, this plant has been used for its antibiotic, and digestive properties and to treat respiratory symptoms related to excess mucus, such as loaded chest and coughing.
Natural antibiotic: Hyssop may help fight certain infections caused by microorganisms. Its essential oil is antimicrobial and has proven its effect against certain bacteria. This explains its traditional use in the treatment of respiratory infections. (Infusion: 1 teaspoon of flowering tops per cup of water, 3 cups a day)
- Respiratory diseases: Hissop has mucolytic properties, very suitable to fluidify the bronchial secretions or mucus and facilitate its expulsion. This is because the hyssop essential oil is removed through the airways, exerting its effect on respiratory system.
It is considered to have properties to disolve secretions, while its expectorant properties help these to be expelled. Hyssop also provides its antiinflammatory, antitussive and antibiotic properties to treat colds, coughs, inflamed tonsils, etc. (Infusion: 1 teaspoon of flowering tops per cup of water, 3 cups a day)
Digestive properties: Traditionally, hyssop has been used as a digestive plant, to avoid heavy or slow digestion.To stimulate digestion and as a carminative for removing gas secretions or flatulence. (Infusion: 1 teaspoon of flowering tops per cup of water, 3 cups a day)
Emmenagogue: The essential oil of hyssop has emenagogue properties to stimulate uterine emptying when there are problems of amenorrhea. (Infusion: 1 teaspoon of flowering tops per cup of water, 3 cups a day). It is NOT suitable if heavy menstruation, endometriosis or pregnancy.
Intestinal worms: Traditionally it has been used as an anthelmintic remedy against intestinal worms. (The same previous treatment)
Varicose veins: Hyssop preparations tone veins which promotes blood circulation, being effective in treating varicose veins (Infusion of 1 tablespoon of dried plant per cup of water, 3 times a day)
EXTERNAL USE PREPARATIONS WITH HYSSOP
Injuries: External washings with infusions of hyssop accelerate wound healing. (30g. Of flower tops per liter, soak a compress and apply on the wound)
Is hyssop safe?
Hyssop essential oil is toxic. It must Not be used internally. Improper use of the plant or its essential oil can produce unwanted side effects.
Contraindicated in pregnancy and during lactation.
Edible uses of hyssop
Hyssop is used as an aromatic herb, to season the dishes. It can be used fresh or dried in vinaigrettes, soups, pickles, homemade pizzas, or other food preparations. Its flavor is very aromatic, like sage or mint.
Hyssop flowers are edible. Both, flowers and leaves, can be added to salads of wild plants.
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