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Hyssop / Hyssopus officinalis

Hyssop: Details, Properties, Effects

Labiatae / Lamiaceae


Hyssopus officinalis


Hyssopus officinalis

Folk / Common Names:

Hyssop herb, Isopo, Ysopo, Yssop.


Astringent, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-catarrhal, expectorant, carminative, diaphoretic, sedative, stomachic.

Part(s) Used:

Leaves and flowers.


Volatile oil (up to 2% comprising mainly pinocamphone, isopinocamphone, pinenes, camphene, camphor, terpene, thujone and 50 other compounds), glycoside (hyssopin), tannin (up to 8%), flavonoids - diosmin, hesperidin., insolic acid, oleonolic acid, marrubiin (bitter), resin, gum, Caffeic acid derivatives including Rosmarinic acid. A polysaccharide


Primarily used in chest complaints, and any respiratory disorders e.g. colds, flu, bronchitis. This is because of its anti-inflammatory , anti viral and expectorant properties. The essential oil (very expensive) is good for nervous exhaustion, grief and melancholy. A syrup of hyssop is great for coughs especially combined with mullein and licorice. Externally applied as a compress or poultice, hyssop is good for bruises, burns or wounds. As an anti-viral, hyssop inhibits the growth of the herpes simplex virus for both genital herpes and cold sores.

Majikal Uses:

Purification and protection.Used in baths or infuse and sprinkled on objects to purify them. Hang in the house to keep out negative energies .


Caution - small doses.

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