Latin name: Hyssopus officinalis
Health Benefits of Hyssop
Throughout history, hyssop has been used in many different ways, including for culinary and medicinal purposes. Due to the rich contents of the plant’s essential oil and the various active ingredients, including thujone, rosmarinic acid, caffeic acid, cineole, and other antioxidants, this plant can provide a number of soothing and therapeutic effects. Health benefits include:
- Relieves respiratory conditions, such as the common cold, asthma, and bronchitis.
- Eliminates parasites in the gastrointestinal tract.
- Increases circulation, which improves oxygenation throughout the body.
- Treats muscle pain and inflammation.
- Defends the body against infections.
- Prevents chronic disease due to the presence of numerous antioxidants.
- Optimizes digestion.
- Calms anxiety and stress.
- Boosts immunity.
- Sooths the symptoms of premenstrual syndromes, such as mood swings and cramps.
- Lowers blood pressure to protect against atherosclerosis and coronary heart diseases.
- Functions as a diuretic to help speed the detoxifying process in the body.
- Reduces the pain and discomfort of insect bites and stings.
Nutritional Benefits of Hyssop
- The herb is a source of flavonoids, which offer antioxidant, and contains iodine and various terpenes (the source of Hyssop’s pungency), carotene, and choline.
How to Use Hyssop
- Can be used in powdered and encapsulated form.
- Works great in tea and tincture combinations.