Hyssop - Hyssopus Officinalis

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This Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

Hyssop - Hyssopus officinalis in the Lamiaceae or Mint family

Parts used: Budding aerial parts.

Taste/smell: Slightly bitter, sharp flavored, spicy, aromatic.

Tendencies: Drying, stimulating and relaxing.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 teaspoon per cup of water; or 1:1 fresh + dry strength liquid extract: 10-60 drops 1-4 times per day in a little water.

Mental picture and specific indications: Hyssop is indicated in infectious conditions of the lungs and digestive system. It is specific for chronic low-grade fevers with a rapid and flooding pulse. It is especially useful for children's respiratory and digestive infections.

Use: (a) Antiviral, (b) Cholagogue, (c) Expectorant, (d) Vulnerary, (e) Carminative, (f) Astringent.

Hyssop is used for indigestion, influenza, colds and a gargle for sore throats. It is beneficial for low-grade continual fevers with septic conditions, especially when related to viral infections.

Contraindications: It is contraindicated in pregnancy due to the emmenagogue and abortifacient effects.

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