perennial, almost evergreen shrub growing up to
60cms high, with a woody stem and small, lance-shaped
leaves and purplish-blue flowers.
Belonging to the mint family, Hyssop is a bitter
digestive herb which can help clear flatulence,
ease digestion. It is a mild painkiller and also
has some anti-viral properties, most notably against
the Herpes simplex virus which is responsible for
diaphoretic, soothing, and sedative herb often used
in coughs and cold remedies, and can be added to
baths or steam inhalations to treat bronchitis,
tonsilitis, sore throats and coughs - it helps expel
excess mucus and is useful for encouraging perspiration
in fevers. Add a few drops of Hyssop oil to chest
rubs to treat asthma and bronchitis, or add to a
bath to treat coughs and chest problems and let
its sedating properties make for a more restful
night. The oil can be used in treating bruises,
cuts, dermatitis, eczema, and inflammations, and
is effective for cases of anxiety, nervous tension,
stress related conditions and fatigue.
is also used extensively as a flavouring ingredient
in sauces, seasoning, and alcoholic drinks - notably
liqueurs, such as chartreuse.
used as a strewing herb and for purifying sacred
! Essential oil should be
used only in moderation and avoided in pregnancy
and by epileptics !