January 7, 2012

HyssopHyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) is a tall flowery shrub, native to the Mediterranean areas, central Europe and the Middle east. Hyssop is also known as yanagi-hakka, curdukotu, or hastipippili, and its most common name derived from the Greek and the Hebrew word “Ezov”, the plant mentioned in the Holy Bible¬† and used for several religious rituals of Christians. In addition to that, hyssop plant has a pretty long history of use as a valuable medicinal herb and being cultivated as a decorative plant. This effective herbal remedy can assist us in combating a multitude of various medical conditions, however, it is necessary to beware of harmful side effects of hyssop.

Health benefits of hyssop include excellent antiseptic, astringent, digestive, carminative, anti-spasmodic, tonic, stimulant, emenagogue, anti-inflammatory and other therapeutic actions. Hyssop infusion which is one of the most common ways of using this medicinal herb, is recommended to those who suffer from various symptoms of colds and the flu, including whooping coughs, sore throat, fever, headaches, cold feet, as well as all other signs of respiratory infections. Health Benefits of HyssopTo ease clogged nose, it is possible to inhale the vapors of hyssop decoction, and placing a piece if cotton with 2-3 drops of hyssop decoction can help to heal ear infections.

Besides, hyssop infusion has slight sedative effect and can help a patient to sleep and calm down. Antispasmodic health benefits of hyssop can be used to treat muscular cramps, menstrual cramps, stomach  cramps and various other sorts of cramps. Hyssop infusion can be used as a great natural digestive aid to treat minor digestive problems like nausea, indigestion, heaviness in the stomach, flatulence, and minor infections of intestines. This natural remedy can be used to stimulate blood circulation and ease joint pains related to rheumatoid arthritis, lower blood pressure and prevent urinary system disorders.

Hyssop plays a role in skin care, it can be used to prevent wrinkles, loose and sagging skin, too pale or too thin skin, and it is possible to use hyssop infusion to speed up healing wounds, boils, cuts, insect bites, and so on. Many specialists and herbalists are aware that using hyssop infusion and other herbal preparations with this medicinal herb can cause adverse effects which should be considered when taking this natural remedy. The most common side effects of hyssop include miscarriage, menstrual irregularities, seizures, headaches, and those who suffer from epilepsy, iodine-related disorders, as well as pregnant women should avoid using this medicinal herb.

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

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