With its little air of agastache, hyssop seduces with its large fragrant blue spikes. But that's not its only asset! This medicinal plant helps fight ENT disorders, digestion and anxiety.
Zoom on this plant with a thousand virtues.
Like lavender, hyssop is a perennial shrub. It grows naturally in the dry land around the Mediterranean. It forms a bush made up of erect stems, dotted with thin, elongated and very aromatic leaves.
Reminiscent of mint, the foliage is semi-evergreen, meaning it disappears in prolonged frosts. What makes its charm is its intense blue-violet bloom between July and September. Some varieties have pink, red or white flowers.
Hyssop has tonic, antiseptic, expectorant, digestive, antifungal and anti-asthmatic properties. It is used to treat rhinitis, bronchitis, ear infections or sinusitis, to thin digestion and even to lower fever.
Globally, it is used to treat flu-like conditions and lung conditions. It is also recommended to fight against stress, severe fatigue and a little depression.
Externally, hyssop acts as a wound healing agent and relieves pain associated with rheumatism.
How to useHyssopus officinalis ?
To treat ENT disorders and flu-like conditions, an herbal tea is made with the tops of the flowers, whether they are dry or fresh. Then let 10g of hyssop infuse in 1L of boiling water. Then drink this beverage several times a day for a week.
In a relaxing bath
A few drops of the essential oil of this beneficial plant in the bath water, promote relaxation. Enough to calm anxiety and stress and relieve depression.
Place 10g of leaves and flowers in 50cl of water. Bring to a boil and let steep for 15 minutes. Then use this solution as a gargle. This will help treat infections of the mucous membranes, pharynx and throat.
As a poultice
If you've been shocked and have bruises, these are the leaves you will use. After chopping them, place them on the blue and cover with a compress. Hold with a strip and leave for 1 hour to 2 hours.
In essential oil
By diffusion, inhalation or friction, thehyssop essential oil lying down helps soothe ENT ailments and emotional disturbances.
Precautions and contraindications
Observe the indicated dosages and ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information. Hyssop is not recommended for hyperactive people, pregnant or breastfeeding women. Indeed, badly dosed or used, it can have a convulsive or abortive action.
Growing hyssop in the garden
The hyssop appreciates well-drained, rich substrates and full sun. It also tolerates partial shade, but will develop best in the sun and endure the harsh winter conditions better. You can plant it in the ground or even in a pot, if it's big enough and has a drainage layer at the bottom. The planting of this shrub takes place in autumn. As for sowing, it takes place in spring under a frame. Here are the steps to follow for planting in the ground:
- Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball
- Uncompact the earth and cut it with sand if it is a bit heavy
- Add two handfuls of compost
- Place the plant in the hole, so that the collar is level with the ground
- Recap, tamp and water
Remember to leave 50cm to 60cm around the hyssop. Watering is light, it takes place during growth or in case of prolonged drought. Otherwise it is not necessary, the precipitation will do!
Every year in the spring, add compost to provide nutrients useful for the subject's development.
Every four years, consider dividing the clump to keep it tight. Pruning takes place in autumn after flowering. Then remove the flexible stems that you fold down at the level of the woody stems (which form wood). This is the opportunity to collect young shoots to use for their therapeutic virtues.
Hardiness : Hyssop tolerates down to -15 ° C, the colder regions will have to grow it in pots and store it in winter.