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Hyssop

General Information

Hyssop is an evergreen perennial plant that is native to the Mediterranean region. It is thought to have been used as a cleansing agent or an insecticide thousands of years ago. The active ingredients of hyssop come from the aerialaerialplant parts appearing above ground (above-ground) parts of the plant.

Common Name(s)
hyssop
Scientific Name(s)
Hyssopus officinalis L. (Lamiaceae)
How is this product usually used?

The dried herb tops of hyssop are taken by mouth. The usual doses are:

Your health care provider may have recommended using this product in other ways. Contact a health care provider if you have questions.

What is this product used for?

Hyssop has been traditionally used to:

Hyssop is frequently used as a fragrance or a flavoring agent. It has also been used to treat sore throat, asthma, cough and cold, reduce kidney inflammation, and manage HIV infections. However, there is little reliable data on the use of hyssop by humans and additional studies are needed to confirm the effectiveness of hyssop.

Your health care provider may have recommended this product for other conditions. Contact a health care provider if you have questions.

What else should I be aware of?

Few side effects are linked to hyssop when it is taken in small doses. At high doses, vomiting and seizures have been reported.

Hyssop may interfere with anti-seizure medications.

Do not give hyssop to children under 18 years old due to a risk of seizures. Do not use hyssop if you are allergic to it or to any plants from the Lamiaceae family.

See your doctor before taking hyssop if you are pregnant or breast-feeding or if you have epilepsy or other seizure disorder.

Avoid prolonged use of hyssop oil (around 10 to 30 drops a day for adults) due to increased risk of seizures.

Before taking any new medications, including natural health products, speak to your physician, pharmacist or other health care provider. Tell your health care practitioner about any natural health products you may be taking.

Source(s)
  • Health Canada. Licensed Natural Health Products. Hyssop. http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/monoReq.do?id=120&lang=eng(Accessed April 10 2017)
  • Hyssop monograph.  Natural Standard – The Authority on Integrative Medicine. http://naturalstandard.com.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/databases/herbssupplements/patient-hyssop.asp (Accessed 2 July 2014).
  • Hyssop. Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database. Available: http://naturaldatabase.therapeuticresearch.com/nd/Search.aspx?cs=&s=ND&pt=100&id=257&fs=ND&searchid=29066521  (Accessed 24 August 2011)
  • Hyssop monograph. Lexicomp. Available: http://online.lexi.com.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/lco/action/doc/retrieve/docid/fc_rnp2/3750200#inter-nested (Accessed April 10 2017)
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