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Herb of the Week: Hyssop

Posted Dec 05 2008 7:21am

Hyssop Hyssop (Hyssopus) has been used to treat several health conditions including asthma, colic, pharyngitis, common cold and cough.

The plant is originally from the area around the Black Sea in central Asia and the Mediterranean region and it has been used medicinally since the ancient Greek civilization.

Today, hyssop is widely cultivated in other regions and it thrives even in the most desolate soils. Its fragrant blue flowers and leaves are used to produce many different types of medicine and natural products.

Hyssop supplements provide treatment for nasal congestion and can relieve irritations of the upper respiratory tract. This powerful herb is known to ease chest congestion, coughs and sore throats, due to the presence of volatile oil constituents. The expectorant action of hyssop’s volatile oil may partially explain its traditional use for the common cold, asthma and bronchitis.

In addition, herbalists consider hyssop a strong natural relief for gas and intestinal cramping. Hyssop is used as a key ingredient in various herbal combinations to fight digestive problems.

Test tube studies have found that certain fractions of hyssop may inhibit the activity of the human immunodeficiency virus, but no human studies have showed the same results in treating HIV.

Hyssop is available in tincture or capsules and can be taken on a regular basis to prevent respiratory infections. It may be the help you need to stay healthy this winter.

Herb Pharm Virattack formerly Lomatium/St. John’s Wort Compound - 1 oz.
Nature’s Answer Hyssop Herb Organic Alcohol - 1 oz.

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