It is not new that plants have been used in the treatment of various diseases around the world, having then, in addition to decorative and perfumed purposes, medicinal purposes. Since the beginning of humanity, mainly distant civilizations with little contact with development, such as Indians, Mayans and Incas, for example, have made use of the plants present in their region to cure illnesses that affect the local population or even common illnesses such as the pain of head and malaise.
However, some care must be taken when handling some of them, as they can cause adverse reactions if used in greater quantities than indicated and with improper application, some plants are not suitable for indoor use. This is the case of hyssop which, like some plants, deserves special care when making use of its properties, as it is ambivalent, that is, it is beneficial and harmful at the same time.
What is hyssop?
The hyssop (Hyssopus Officinalis), popularly known as Sacred Herb, hyssop of Pharmacies and Sambaicaitá, is a shrubby and small plant, with a woody base and herbaceous stem that can reach up to 60 cm in height. up in thin, pointed ramifications that after some time give rise to bluish-toned flowers. These flowers grow from the upper armpit of the leaves.
The plant , which usually grows in limestone soils, slopes or even cracks in walls, is of Mediterranean origin, having as habitat the area of Southern Europe. In Brazil, hyssop is rarely found, however it is cultivated in fields on a large scale with an industrial function, as it has a very appreciated use in the pharmaceutical industry. Its volatile oil has an aroma similar to camphor oil. In ancient times, the plant was used to treat stomach ailments, such as nausea and vomiting, and lung ailments such as asthma, bronchitis and chest congestion.
Hyssop benefits and properties
Hyssop has properties antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, depurative, aperitivas, tonic, stomach stimulating healing and anti-inflammatory.
The part of the plant used is its leaves, rhizomes, bark and fruits, thus ensuring its almost total use. It can be used in the form of tea or lotion, with different uses and indications for each. Its tea is very indicated in cases of stomach and lung problems, acting as a natural expectorant, improving problems such as cough and asthma. Sore throat, gums and hoarseness are also treated with tea. Hyssop also helps in the treatment of rheumatism, burns and muscle pain when used in the form of a lotion that is available from the pharmaceutical industry.
Its use should be moderated and is not indicated for pregnant or breastfeeding women, as it can cause abortions and have emmenagogue effects.