Hyssop officinalis



A perennial herbaceous plant or subshrub from the mint family. The stem is tetrahedral, erect, covered with hairs 20-50 cm high. The leaves are almost sessile, opposite, short-petiolate, lanceolate, entire. The flowers are small, pink, purple and white, 5-7 pcs. in the axils of the leaves, form oblong spike-shaped inflorescences. Blooms from July to September. The whole plant is highly aromatic.

For medicinal purposes, leafy flowering shoots are used, collected at the beginning of flowering. The dried plant has a pungent odor and a bitter taste.

In folk medicine, the herb is used as a mild aphrodisiac. Taken as a decoction for poor digestion, rheumatism, chest pains, as an antiperspirant, for chronic gastritis, bronchial asthma, catarrh of the upper respiratory tract. Outwardly – in the form of lotions for resorption of subcutaneous hemorrhages of traumatic origin; for dislocations, for washing the eyes and gargling. A decoction of the herb along with wine berries (figs) is boiled and consumed in a teaspoon for coughing, chest pain.


Decoction: 10 g per 200 ml of boiling water; take 2 tbsp. spoons 3 times every day after meals, also for gargling.

Infusion or decoction for bronchitis: 10 g of flowers per 100 ml of boiling water and 15-20 g of sugar; take 100 g per day.

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