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HYSSOP

Other Names:

Herbe de Joseph, Herbe Sacrée, Herbe Sainte, Hiope, Hisopo, Hissopo, Hyssopus officinalis, Hysope, Hysope Officinale, Jufa, Rabo De Gato, Ysop.

HYSSOP Overview
HYSSOP Uses
HYSSOP Side Effects
HYSSOP Interactions
HYSSOP Dosing
HYSSOP Overview Information

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.

Other uses include urinary tract infection (UTI), poor circulation, HIV/AIDS, and menstrual cramps.

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.

HYSSOP Uses & Effectiveness What is this?

Insufficient Evidence for:

  • Liver and gallbladder problems.
  • Intestinal problems.
  • Common cold.
  • Sore throat.
  • Asthma.
  • Urinary tract infection (UTI).
  • Gas.
  • Colic.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Poor circulation.
  • Skin conditions (bruises, rashes, burns, frostbite).
  • HIV/AIDS.
  • Menstrual cramps.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of hyssop for these uses.


HYSSOP Side Effects & Safety

Hyssop is considered safe for most people in the amounts commonly found in foods and in medicinal amounts. However, do not use the oil product because it has caused seizures in some people.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is UNSAFE to use hyssop during pregnancy because it might cause the uterus to contract or start menstruation. These effects could lead to a miscarriage.

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.

HYSSOP Interactions What is this?

We currently have no information for HYSSOP Interactions

HYSSOP Dosing

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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