What is Hyssopus Officinalis?
Hyssop botanical name is Hyssopus Officinalis, some other common names are zufa, yabis, Jupha Zanjibil, Zufa khusk. The plant is a native of the Mediterranean region and of temperate asai. It is found in the Himalayas from Kashmir to Kumaon at an altitude between 2700-3700m. The word Hysoop comes from the Hebrew name Esob, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, prescribed this aromatic perennial herb for chest complaints.
The Hyssop contains volatile oil, fat, sugar choline, tannins, carotene, and xanthophyll. The tops contain ursolic acid. A glucoside diosmin which on hydrolysis yield rhamnose, glucose, and the aglycone diosmetin, have also been isolated.
Leaves - The leaves are opposite, shiny dark green, entire-edged, and lanceolate or oblong, obtuse to acuminate that are 2 to 4 cm long. Leaves are edible and used for Ayurvedic medicinal purposes or culinary. It is used as a flavoring in a variety of dishes, including soups, stews, and salads.
Flowers - Flowers borne on long, narrow, one-sided whorls in terminal spikes and they are purplish-blue in color, and sometimes pink and white varieties are available. Flower buds are also used in cooking, and in Ayurveda.
Root and Stem - The root of Hyssopus Officinalis is a strongly branching, multi-headed tap root, stem erect or decumbent dividing into many woody stems.
What is the benefits Hyssop?
Hyssop is a stimulant and a tonic; it increases the secretion and discharge of urine and removes any obstruction to the body by opening the natural passages or pores of the body. It also induces movement of the bowels. It is one of the most popular herbal preparations and has been used traditionally for medicinal purposes and generally. The health benefits of hyssop are largely based on folklore rather than on scientific substantiation.
It has antimicrobial and antioxidant, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties, it has a long history of medicinal use as a carminative, tonic, antiseptic, expectorant, and cough reliever. Hyssop has a slightly bitter taste but is often used as a minty flavor and condiment in cooking.
Here are some health benefits
For Digestive Disorders
Hyssop is useful in digestive disorders; it strengthens the stomach and promotes its action. It can be beneficial in dyspepsia and flatulence.
For Respiratory Disorders
Ayurvedic practitioners recommended hyssop for the treatment of respiratory disorders such as influenzas, cold, catarrh, and bronchitis. Hyssop extracts contain antiviral properties, especially against the herpes simplex virus that cause cols sores.
For Round Worms
Hyssop is very useful to treat roundworms, infusion is beneficial to expels roundworms.
For Skin Disorders
Hyssopus Officinalis is a beneficial and effective remedy for bruises, wounds, and burns. It is also good for the black eye, sprains, and strains.
The herb is also useful in uterine and urinary disorders, infusion of the herb is useful for sore throat and for sore eyes.
How to use Zufa?
The plant leaves are extensively used in the traditional system of medicine for various ailments like skin problems, constipation, digestion, weight management, and respiratory wellness.
Dosage and uses depend upon the health problems and conditions or as recommended by an Ayurvedic doctor. The general recommended dosage is 3-6 grams of Hyssopus Officinalis daily once a day.
Here are dosages and uses of Hyssopus Officinalis
- Make an infusion of Hyssop leaves and do gargle with that, helps to treat sore throat and wash for sore eyes.
- Make a Hyssop leaves paste and applied externally to the affected parts of the skin, which helps to treat bruises, wounds, and burns.
- Boil Hyssop leaves paste and uses it to foment contused wounds, black eye, sprain, and strains.
- Take Hyssop leaves juice twice or thrice a day, helps to expel roundworms.
- Take Hyssop leaves to paste and mix with honey, helps to treat dyspepsia and flatulence.
- Take a Hyssop leaves infusion, which helps to treat coughs, asthma, sore throat, and chronic bronchitis.
Side Effects of the Hyssopus Officinalis.
All Ayurveda herbs are plant-based, and they don’ have any side effects but they may react with some allopathy or homeopathy medicine. It is better to consult the doctor if you are on any medications or have unique health issues.
Some side effects of Hyssop / Hyssopus Officinalis are mentioned below
- Consult the doctor if you are breastfeeding.
- Do not take Hyssop / Hyssopus Officinalis without a doctor’s prescription if you are pregnant.
- Do not take Hyssop / Hyssopus Officinalis without a doctor’s prescription if you are on any kind of hormonal or sexual-related medication.
- If you are on any health supplements, advise the doctor before starting Hyssop / Hyssopus Officinalis.
- If you are on diabetes or on hypertension medication. Consult first the doctor before consuming Hyssop / Hyssopus Officinalis.
- If you are on medication for asthma or any lung-related disorder, consult the doctor before starting Hyssop / Hyssopus Officinalis.
- If you have hypersensitive skin, try a patch first of Hyssop / Hyssopus Officinalis, before applying it to the body.
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