- What other names is Hyssop known by?
- What is Hyssop?
- How does Hyssop work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Dosing considerations for Hyssop.
Hyssop is used for digestive and intestinal problems including liver and gallbladder conditions, intestinal pain, intestinal gas, colic, and loss of appetite. It is also used for respiratory problems including coughs, the common cold, respiratory infections, sore throat, and asthma.
Other uses include urinary tract infection (UTI), poor circulation, HIV/AIDS, and menstrual cramps.
Some people use hyssop as a gargle; in baths to cause sweating; and on the skin for treating skin irritations, burns, bruises, and frostbite.
In foods, hyssop oil and extract are used as a flavoring.
In manufacturing, hyssop oil is used as a fragrance in soaps and cosmetics.
Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...
- Liver and gallbladder problems.
- Intestinal problems.
- Common cold.
- Sore throat.
- Urinary tract infection (UTI).
- Loss of appetite.
- Poor circulation.
- Skin conditions (bruises, rashes, burns, frostbite).
- Menstrual cramps.
- Other conditions.
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seizures in some people.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: It is UNSAFE to use hyssop during pregnancy because it might cause the uterus to contract or start menstruation. These effects could lead to a miscarriage.
It's not known whether hyssop is safe to use during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Children: It's UNSAFE to give hyssop to children. Convulsions were reported in a child who took 2-3 drops of hyssop oil over several days.
Seizures: If you have a history of having seizures, don't use hyssop. It might trigger seizures or make them worse.
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).
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Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2011