Now to the Fantastic Hyssop!

Just three days ago, I visited Sarah, a friend and counsellor. During my first 5-8 minutes with her, Sarah’s attention was dedicated to the content of a cup. She kept sipping and unlike her, she never offered to give me some of her obviously delightsome drink. I was not bothered, except for the fact that I had a challenge I needed to urgently speak with her about. The awkward moment finally ended, and I got Sarah’s attention. As we spoke, my eyes hit her to-do list, and I saw a strange word in it. I got curious, and decided to do some research instead of asking her.

Call it Curdukotu, Hastripippili, Hisopo, Yanagi-Hakki, or its botanical name, Hyssopus officinalis, it is a perennial plant from the family of Lamiaceae or the mint family which contains a wide variety of medicinal and kitchen herbs. Basil, peppermint, sage, thyme, and lavender, are other plants in this category. Hyssop (the word in Sarah’s to-do list) has a slender, square stem with leaves that are oppositely positioned and can reach heights of up to two feet. It flowers from June to October with purple-blue colored flowers that are fragrant and attract insects which drink nectar. Some cultivars have white or pink colored flowers. Its leaves have green stems which contain many bioactive compounds such as rosmarinic¬†and caffeic acid along with pinamones, beta-pinene, limonene, pinocomphoe, and isopinocamphone.

So many strange terms to cope it? Never mind, it gets easier to understand, read on.

Let’s Get Deeper…

Hyssop has a long history of use in foods and remedies. Sweetened with honey, tea made with its leaves is a traditional remedy for nose, throat, and lung afflictions. The leaves are sometimes applied externally to bruises. Hyssop used to be a stewing herb in the middle ages. Nowadays, it is used to flavor fish, meat, salads, vegetables, sweets, and liqueurs such as absinthe. What else? Honey is made from its pollens, and the oil is in its leaves is used by perfumers. What a multifunctional herb!

What Are its Health Benefits?

Earlier in this article, Hyssop tea was mentioned; let us talk about it.

When brewed, Hyssop tea produces a minty taste with loads of health advantages.

What are the Benefits of Hyssop Tea?

Drinking some tea

It is Great for Respiratory Health

It is undeniably great in treating colds, cough, hay fever and asthma. It makes easier the coughing up of tough mucus and helps produce liquid mucus. For the relief of a cough and cold symptoms, consume 2 to 3 cups of the Hyssop tea produced from 3 tablespoons of dried out herb steeped in a cup of hot water.

It’s Got Fantastic Digestive Benefits

A kind of Hyssop, Anise Hyssop, or Agastache foeniculum, has been used by Native Americans for ages to make tea. It is fantastic in aiding digestion. It reduces the chances of heartburn and gastroesophageal and reflux disease also.

The Super C’s

Wondering what does super C’s are? You will know shortly. People who experience poor breathing, respiratory infections, respiratory allergies, and after smoking effects can now rejoice as Hyssop tea is here for them! Hyssop tea is super at producing the lungs a thorough cleansing and clearing. It does the chest some great good too.

It’s Got Antibiotic Properties

Drinking the Hyssop tea will help slow down the growth of harmful bacteria within the body because it has a number of antibiotic properties that are made out of the leaves it is made from. What else? It contains flavonoids, which have numerous antibiotic qualities which make it effective in dealing with infections in the throat and nasal cavity.

It Gets Rid of Intestinal Parasites

A regular cup of Hyssop tea gets rid of harmful intestinal parasites such as tapeworms, roundworms, and ringworms.

Weight Loss Too?

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I see you rejoicing already. *Winks* Yes, Hyssop tea has constituents that help reduce carbohydrate absorption through the gastrointestinal tract, thereby drastically reducing energy intake. What’s the outcome of this?

The ever desired weight loss!

This is so because excessive energy intake over time leads to obesity, especially in children. Hyssop tea deals with this.

I’m loving this help already. Are you?

Would it be fair to tell you so much about this great tea and not tell you how to make it? I don’t think so. Let us discuss this wonder tea better; the wonder tea of a fantastic herb.

How to Make Hyssop Tea

  • Cut some Hyssop stems from the hyssop plant just before it flowers.
  • Get about 3 or 4 stems and hold them secure with a rubber band.
  • Hang the hyssop stems upside down in a dry and warm place for some weeks till the leaves are dry and crispy. This stage is really important.
  • Take away the dried flowers and leaves through the stems and store them in plastic bags or containers.
All you just read was the first step. Relax, it gets easier.
  • Measure 4 to 6 teaspoons of dried hyssop in accordance with your taste preference.
  • Add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon in the teapot. You may eave out the cinnamon of you don’t consider it necessary.

What next?

  • Boil some water. Pour the boiling water into the teapot within the tea ingredients. Cover the teapot and let it steep for a while.

We’re Almost there…

  • Pour the steeped tea through a strainer or cheesecloth in teacups. Trust me, it’s almost ready to be enjoyed. Add additional ingredients like honey or sugar and milk or cream if you desire.
And Finally…
  • Serve the tea instantly.

Side Effects of Hyssop Tea

Just before you get overly excited about the tea, it is germane that you know its side effects. This will help you drink the tea only to your benefit and not to your health’s detriment.
  • Having hyssop tea in average quantities remains safe, but people who have a history of seizures need to avoid its use as it can worsen their situation.
  • Its consumption is dangerous for kids because it may make them have convulsions.
  • Pregnant women should abstain from drinking Hyssop tea as it could stimulate uterine contractions, leading to a miscarriage.
  • It’s also not safe for women who are breastfeeding.
  • It is not advisable to take hyssop oil and other hyssop preparations internally in high doses or over a period of two weeks.

Final Words…

Who else agrees that Hyssop is a fantastic herb? Using the herb directly and drinking the tea will convince you beyond reading this article. I had a good time experimenting with this herb; I kid you not, a number of the benefits stated here are not strange to me, all thanks to this amazing gift of nature, Hyssop.
So from a healthy respiratory system, you get your lungs cleansed and cleared, you enjoy its antibiotic properties, you get rid of those uninvited and annoying worms, shed the unwanted weight, and what else can one ask for in a herb?
Anyway, that thing my friend, Sarah, kept sipping was Hyssop tea; I got to know much later, but it was too late, as she had drunk it all. Her unusual interest in the unknown content made me curious, and I did satisfy my curiosity, even though it was with the to-do list word which I did not know was related to the cup’s content. How amazing. Now I enjoy my Hyssop tea and get tempted not to share too. *Smiles*