Herbe de Joseph, Herbe Sacrée, Herbe Sainte, Hiope, Hisopo, Hissopo, Hyssopus officinalis, Hysope, Hysope Officinale, Jufa, Rabo De Gato, Ysop.
Hyssop is a plant. The parts that grow above ground are used to make medicine.
Hyssop is used for digestive and intestinal problems including liver and gallbladder conditions, intestinal pain, intestinal gas, colic, and loss of appetite. It is also used for respiratory problems including coughs, the common cold, respiratory infections, sore throat, and asthma.
Some people use hyssop as a gargle; in baths to cause sweating; and on the skin for treating skin irritations, burns, bruises, and frostbite.
In foods, hyssop oil and extract are used as a flavoring.
In manufacturing, hyssop oil is used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics.
How does it work?
The chemicals in hyssop may affect the heart and may increase secretions in the lungs.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Liver and gallbladder problems.
- Intestinal problems.
- Common cold.
- Sore throat.
- Urinary tract infection (UTI).
- Loss of appetite.
- Poor circulation.
- Skin conditions (bruises, rashes, burns, frostbite).
- Menstrual cramps.
- Other conditions.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
It's not known whether hyssop is safe to use during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Children: It's UNSAFE to give hyssop to children. Convulsions were reported in a child who took 2-3 drops of hyssop oil over several days.
Seizures: If you have a history of having seizures, don't use hyssop. It might trigger seizures or make them worse.
The appropriate dose of hyssop depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for hyssop. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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