Hyssop is a herbaceous plant native to Southern Europe, the Middle East, and the region surrounding the Caspian Sea. Hyssop is one of the oldest known medicinal herbs, Hyssop which is also called Hyssopus officinalis is closely related to marjoram and oregano. Much like its herbal cousins, Hyssop is a potent anti-microbial herb, great for cleansing the body of harmful bacteria such as those which cause respiratory infections and skin conditions like acne. Hyssop may also be used to combat strep, influenza, and many fungal infections.
This aromatic evergreen, classified by botanists as a sub-shrub, should not be confused with several distinct species of plants also called hyssop, including giant hyssop, hedge hyssop, prairie hyssop, or wild hyssop. Grow your own Hyssop and enjoy not only the herbs health benefits, but also its gorgeous purple blossoms. You can also find Hyssop in dried loose form and as an herbal supplement. The flowers and leaves of hyssop are considered medicinally valuable by some herbalists. The herb has some antimicrobial and antiviral properties. It is especially useful in helping the immune system to combat respiratory infections and colds. Hyssop taken in a warm infusion acts as an expectorant and will help to expel phlegm and break up congestion in the lungs. It is frequently recommended for the treatment of congested sinuses and catarrh. It is also a beneficial herb for treatment of the cold sore virus, Herpes simplex.