What is hyssop?

What is hyssop?

Hyssop ( Hyssopus officinalis L.) is the flowering top of the evergreen perennial shrub that belongs to the peppermint family, Lamiaceae. Hyssop is native to southern Europe and the temperate zones of Asia. It grows wild in countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

What is Hyssopus officinalis used for?

Hyssopus officinalis. Hyssopus officinalis or hyssop is a herbaceous plant of the genus Hyssopus native to Southern Europe, the Middle East, and the region surrounding the Caspian Sea. Due to its properties as an antiseptic, cough reliever, and expectorant, it is commonly used as a medicinal plant.

Does hyssop have phenol in it?

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) essential oil. The essential oil includes the chemicals thujone and phenol, which give it antiseptic properties. Its high concentrations of thujone and chemicals that stimulate the central nervous system, including pinocamphone and cineole, can provoke epileptic reactions.

What are the side effects of hyssop?

Possible side effects include: Allergic reactions: Do not use hyssop medicinally if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to hyssop containing products, the hyssop plant itself, or other plants in the Lamiaceae family (also known as the mint or deadnettle family). Vomiting: This typically occurs only at high doses.

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