Learn the Herbs: Hyssop
Hyssop is an herb that has been used medicinally for centuries. So much so that this plant is mentioned in the Old Testament. Suffice to say that this beautiful perennial herbaceous plant, with blue-violet flowers, has proved its worth! This article will share the benefits and medicinal properties of this Hyssop.
It is used in alternative medicine for its various health properties and in gastronomy to flavor all kinds of dishes. Discover everything about this extraordinary herb below. Read on!
Health Benefits of Hyssop
Generally, Hyssop is known for its expectorant, antitussive, and balsamic properties, but that's not all! This herb provides other health benefits as well. Let's discuss them one by one.
The flowers and leaves of Hyssop are rich in flavonoids, the antioxidant molecules that fight free radicals. In other words, these substances fight to protect the body from the development of diseases such as cardiovascular and degenerative problems. Undoubtedly, the infusion of Hyssop consumed regularly can promote good health, as described in a recent study.
Antibiotic and Antimicrobial Properties
Alternative medicine uses Hyssop infusion and its topical application to alleviate a wide range of health conditions. A recent study confirmed that Hyssop acts against microbes, eliminating them. The study revealed a high level of polyphenols, a type of antioxidant and other active substances having antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral properties.
Evidence suggests that Hyssop has a vital muscle relaxant function in addition to being anti-inflammatory. For this reason, the intake of the hyssop infusion would be highly recommended in the case of inflammatory diseases such as arthritis and osteoarthritis and in the case of stiffness, cramps, and bumps.
Traditional herbalists advise including Hyssop infusion in the usual diet during winter as an effective preventive method against colds. This plant is believed to improve the body's defense system.
In addition, Hyssop has mucolytic and antitussive properties that help eliminate mucus and fight coughs. Thus, its infusion in case of colds, flu and any kind of respiratory discomfort, including sinusitis and asthmatic attacks, can be beneficial.
According to a study, Hyssop is capable of fighting the presence of fungi. One of the known uses of this herb is to rinse thrush caused by the Candida albicans fungus with Hyssop's infusion.
The diuretic properties present in Hyssop help eliminate excess fluids from the body. For this reason, this drink is considered to be an excellent ally of weight-loss diets.
Besides these beneficial properties, Hyssop also has the following benefits:
- It can improve digestion. If you drink the infusion a while before eating (at least half an hour), the Hyssop will promote the secretion of gastric juices, thus preventing slow digestion disorders.
- Specialists maintain that the Hyssop helps to regulate menstruation and promote its arrival.
- Its infusion also stimulates circulation.
Now you know the health benefits and properties of Hyssop. Do not hesitate to include it in your daily intake. Boil it in water to extract its essential oil and all the beneficial components to prepare its infusion. Or, you can also use its capsules or tincture available at herbalist stores.