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Hyssop
General Information

Hyssop is an evergreen perennial plant found in southern Europe and Asia. It was thought to be used as a cleansing agent thousands of years ago.

Common Name(s)
hyssop
Scientific Name(s)
Hyssopus officinalis L. (Lamiaceae)
How is Hyssop 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 Hyssop used for?

Hyssop has been used to:

There are very few reliable studies on the use of hyssop in humans.

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 taken in small doses. At high doses, vomiting and seizures have been reported.

Hyssop may interfere with anti-seizure medications, anti-diabetes medication, or medications that suppress the immune system.

Do not give hyssop to children. 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; and if you have epilepsy, fever, or diabetes.

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

Source(s)
  1. Health Canada. Licensed Natural Health Products. Hyssop. http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/monoReq.do?id=120&lang=eng (Accessed 16 August 2011)
  2. Hyssop monograph. National Standard Database. http://naturalstandard.com.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/databases/herbssupplements/patient-hyssop.asp (Accessed 16 August 2011).
  3. 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)


 


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