|Botanical Nomenclature||Hyssopus officinalis|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Hyssopus officinalis is a perennial, herbaceous plant growing from 30 to 70cm, with lanceolate, sessile, narrow leaves and blue flowers with violet stamens. The flowering and the harvesting take place from July to September.|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Leaves, flowers|
|Active Substances||Essential oil, diosmin (glycoside), tannins, ketones (pinocamphone), terpenes (pinene)|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The herbal tea of the plant is used as digestive, anthelmintic, stimulant, expectorant, emmenagogue, antitussive and astringent. Also, it is administered for the treatment of asthma, dyspepsia, gastrointestinal bleeding, sore throat, cough, chronic bronchitis. Finally, it is applied externally to the skin against dermatitis, eczema and wounds.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered as expectorant and digestive in the form of herbal tea (15-20g of dried leaves and flowers in 0,5L of boiled water). The plant is also used due to its intense aroma in perfumery and in liqueur production.
Warning: The use of herb preparations is not recommended without seeking advice from your physician or pharmacist. The substances they contain may interact with the subscribed drugs that the patient already takes, thus eliminating their therapeutic efficacy or inducing toxicity. They may also burden further weakened vital functions of the body thus exposing the patient to increased morbidity and life threatened conditions.
|Toxicity- Adverse Effects||No side effects are reported.|
|References||1) Bιβλίο: Τα φαρμακευτικά βότανα και οι θεραπευτικές τους ιδιότητες, Λάμπρου Π. Σπύρου, Αγροτικός εκδοτικός οίκος, Αθήνα 1981, Β' τόμος, σελίδες: 533-534 2)Βιβλίο: Οδηγός των φαρμακευτικών φυτών, Paul Schauenberg, Ferdinand Paris, Εκδότης Μ. Γκιούρδας, Αθήνα 1981, σελίδες 295-296 3)https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/cpb/58/5/58_5_747/_pdf 4)Cucurbitane-Type Triterpenes with Anti-proliferative Effects on U937 Cells from an Egyptian Natural Medicine, Bryonia cretica: Structures of New Triterpene Glycosides, Bryoniaosides A and B, Hisashi MATSUDA, Souichi NAKASHIMA, Osama Bashir ABDEL-HALI 5)http://www.drugs.com/npc/hyssop.html 6)http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/h/hyssop48.html|