Hyssop

posted Oct 9, 2014, 2:11 PM by Ivy Hunter   [ updated Nov 12, 2014, 1:59 PM ]
A pretty peppermint aromatic herb with a slightly bitter flavor. Use the fresh leaves minced when cooking. The crushed leaves are great to add to vegetable juice and cranberry juice. About 5 leaves make a secret ingredient addition to fruit pies. Hyssop is also tossed into salad and the flowers can be added to salad for beauty. aka hyssopus offioinalis is a perennial that grows 12 - 18 inches and has beautiful blue, pink or white flowers depending on the variety. Plant 10 inches apart in full sun, and limey soil. This flavor is very strong. A few leaves can give the flavor to green salads, and soups, the dried flowers can also be used in soups. The leaves, shoots and tops are used for tea.

Plant name Hyssopus officinalis, also known as the Hyssop herb comes as capsules, dried herb, and extract.

The parts of the plant that are used include the above=ground parts such as the flowers, and leaves of the plants. The oil is used in flavorings and xtracts are made from the leaves and flowers for culinary use.

Medicinal uses: Hyssop has been used to stimulate the release of congestion - an expectorant. This is because it contains marrubiin - a glycoside component of hte leaves and flowering parts. Hyssop also has shown antiviral effects which are thought to come from the components of caffeic acid, tannins, and other components in the plant. It is used medicinally where viral infection and viral replication is a problem. It is also used to sooth an upset stomach, indigestion, colds, fevers, respiratory and chest ailments such as sore throat, asthma, and distention. It can also be applied topically as a compress to soothe skin irritations, burns, bruises, and improve circulation in fingers and toes.

Preparing the herb:
Most preperations such as capsules, and extracts come with directions on the daily requirements of those concentrations. Typically no more than 1350 mg daily for an adult is used in capsule form no more than 2 weeks at a time, or three times per yer for 2 weeks at a time.

As a tea:
Steep 1 - 2 teaspoonfuls of dried hyssop flowering tops in 5 ounces of boiling water. Gargle or drink three times daily.

As with all herbs and medications, if you have any allergic response, stop using it. Don't take if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant. It has the potential to cause seizures as it is stored in the nerves, it can also become toxic if taken for excess time or excess amounts.



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