The word hyssop has a Greek origin and is a native eastern Mediterranean semi- woody plant that is a member of the mint family. Hyssop is also found in North America and has many applications that can benefit human health. When consumed in tea form, hyssop tea functions as an expectorant. An expectorant helps the body regulate blood pressure and also helps dispel gasses in the body. Pregnant women should not drink hyssop tea.
The generally recommended preparation method for hyssop tea is to take one spoon of dried hyssop herb and infuse it in .25 L of boiling water. Let the boiling water stand for approximately 10 minutes. It is also recommended that you brew the hyssop tea in a closed container. This prevents the beneficial essences of the tea from escaping. After preparing the tea, you can enjoy hyssop tea two or three times per day.
Hyssop tea generally consists of several components, including terpenes, volatile oils, flavonoids, hyssopin, tannins and resin. These compounds have positive benefits on the body’s respirator functions, including helping the body prevent respiratory infections, asthma, chronic indigestion, excess abdominal gas, abdominal bloating, bronchitis, cuts and bruises.
Hyssop tea also has several antibiotic properties. Hyssop leaves commonly develop a mold that encourages the growth of penicillin. Penicillin is an antimicrobial molecule capable of diminishing the micro-organisms of several species by eliminating them from an organism or environment. In addition, hyssop has antibiotic properties resulting from the plant’s volatile oils. While the antibiotic properties of the volatile oils are generally strong, they only function on shallow wounds and fungus infections.
Anti-inflammatory or Astringent
Hyssop contains several compounds that are also conducive to positive responses in the human body. Hyssop helps reduce the swelling of a wound or the effects of illness by constricting blood vessels. This constriction also slows excessive bleeding and causes the body to produce fewer wrinkles by tightening the skin. It is also helpful to joints affected by arthritis and improves circulation to the afflicted areas.