What is hyssop used for?
Hyssop is suggested to treat these health conditions, especially of:
- Liver and gallbladder conditions
- Intestinal pain
- Intestinal gas
- Loss of appetite
- The common cold
- Respiratory infections
- Sore throat
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
- Poor circulation
- 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.
Hyssop may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How does it work?
The chemicals in hyssop may affect the heart and may increase secretions in the lungs. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for more information.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using hyssop?
Consult with your doctor or pharmacist or herbalist, if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription.
- You have allergic with any substances of hyssop or other medications or other herbals.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
- You have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
The regulations for an herbal supplement are less strict than the regulations for a drug. More studies are needed to determine its safety. The benefits of taking this herbal supplement must outweigh the risks before use. Consult with your herbalist or doctor for more information.
How safe is hyssop?
It is not safe to give hyssop to children.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding:
It is not safe to use hyssop during pregnancy because it might cause the uterus to contract or start menstruation. These effects could lead to a miscarriage.
What kind of side effects may I have from hyssop?
In general, using hyssop is safe for most people in the dosage found in foods and in medicinal amounts.
However, do not use the oil product because it has caused seizures in some people and convulsions, which were reported in a child who took 2-3 drops of hyssop oil over several days.
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about side effects, please consult your herbalist or doctor.
What interactions may I have with hyssop?
Hyssop may interact with your current medications or medical conditions. Consult with your herbal healer or doctor before using.
Especially, if you have a history of having seizures, don’t use hyssop. It might trigger seizures or make them worse.
The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your herbalist or doctor before using this medication.
What is the usual dose for hyssop?
For an infusion:
1 teaspoon dried herbs should be steeped in 1/2 cup water. Over the course of the day 1/2 to 1 1/2 cups should be taken, a mouthful at a time.
For a decoction:
1 teaspoon herb should be boiled with 1 cup water. The usual dose is 1 to 2 cups per day.
To prepare a poultice:
The fresh or dried herb should be soaked in a small amount of boiling water for 15 minutes and place on a cloth for application.
The dose for this herbal supplement may be different for every patient. The dose that you take depends on your age, health, and several other conditions. Herbal supplements are not always safe. Please discuss with your herbalist or doctor for your appropriate dosage.
What form does hyssop come in?
Hyssop may be available in the following dosage forms:
- Hyssop leaves can be prepared for medicinal use as infusion, decoction, or poultice.
- The commercially available oil can be used internally after dilution or in ointments for external use.
Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
Review Date: March 4, 2017 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019
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