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Hyssop Hyssopus officinalis


Family: Labiatae


Parts Used: Dried aerial parts

Active Compounds: 

Terpenoids; including marrubiin, oleanolic and ursolic acids

Volatile oil, composed mainly of camphor, pinocaphone, thujone, isopinocamphone, with a- and b-pinene, a-terpinene, linalool, bornyl acetate and many others

Flavonoids, including diosmin and hesperidin.

Miscellaneous: hyssopin (a glucoside), tannins 5-8%, resin.


---Medicinal Action and Uses---

Anti-spasmodic, expectorant, diaphoretic, nervine, anti-inflammatory, carminative, hepatic, emmenagogue.

Hyssop's herbal uses are largely attributable to the anti-spasmodic action of the volatile oil. It is used in coughs, bronchitis and chronic catarrh. Its diaphoretic properties makes it useful for its use in the common cold. As a nervine, it may be used in anxiety states, hysteria and petit mal (a form of epilepsy).

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