Herb Hyssop officinalis
In the traditional medicine for many years, the medicinal herb hyssop is widely used. Mention of her repeatedly found in the Bible. The homeland is considered to be the Mediterranean countries. Another name is blue St. John's wort.
This plant is a semi-shrub and belongs to the family of labial flowers. Stems reach a half-meter in height and branch strongly. The leaves are practically sessile and opposite. Flowering is observed from June to the end of September. Inflorescences can be white, pink, lilac or dark blue, depending on the variety.
How to prepare
First of all, it should be noted that the hyssop herb grows on the territory of Russia, the countries of the Mediterranean and Central Asia, preferring well-lit open areas with sufficient drainage of the soil. Nowadays, the plant is increasingly found among the herbs of apothecary vegetable gardens of experienced gardeners and is used as a spice. Has a pleasant aroma, reminiscent of a mixture of sage with ginger, and has a slightly bitter taste.
For medicinal purposes, hyssop herb is also used. It contains about 1% of essential oil, as well as tannins, organic acids( such as oleanolic and ursolic), flavonoids and tannins.
Collection of blue St. John's wort is carried out during the flowering period, only the tops of shoots are cut off. Then they are dried, unfolding in shaded areas in fresh air or in rooms with good air circulation. After forming the bundles and storing in a suspended position. Ready grass can be purchased at the pharmacy.
Herb is a medicinal herb used to make infusions. To apply the infusion inside, a tablespoon of dried raw material is poured with hot water( 200-250 ml) and insisted on a water bath for half an hour. Then the infusion is filtered and the liquid is brought to the original volume.
Outwardly the hyssop herb is suitable for making compresses, as well as rinsings and rinses. Then to infuse one glass of water, take two teaspoons of dried shoots.
Alcohol tincture for rinses is prepared from 20 g of dried hyssop. It is poured with vodka( 100-120 ml) and left for one week without access to light. Filter with gauze.
Application in medicine
Hyssop herb is recommended by phytotherapeutists for such diseases of the respiratory system as asthma, bronchitis or with cold cough. Infusion as an expectorant drink 3 times a day for half a glass. For various disorders of the digestive system( flatulence, constipation) and inflammatory processes in it( for example, with chronic colitis), the infusion is taken at a dose of 100 ml before meals three times a day. Has antispasmodic properties and soothes gastric spasms of hyssop. Its use as an anthelmintic agent is quite common in folk medicine.
Many doctors consider this plant indispensable in the treatment of conjunctivitis, stomatitis, bruises or wounds, eczema, remembering the antiseptic and bactericidal properties of the herb. Hyssop in the form of a tincture for rinsing is bred in warm water at the rate of a teaspoon per glass.
Since blue cantaloupe is able to increase blood pressure, it is used to treat angina pectoris. Applied and with neuroses, anemia, fungal infections and rheumatism.
Infusion of hyssop from burp
With various errors in the work of the gastrointestinal tract, a symptom of a regular eructation is possible. This is nothing more than the escape of gases from the stomach through the esophagus and mouth. There is a fairly simple method of getting rid of this unpleasant process.
For infusion herbs hyssop( 100 g) is poured with Cahors( 2 liters) and placed in a shaded place for 10-14 days. The container with contents during this period is periodically mixed or shaken. Then place the mixture on a water bath and cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes.
When the infusion has cooled, it is filtered. Take 50 ml three times a day for about half an hour before meals. The pharynx must be made small, holding the liquid in the mouth.
Contraindications to the use of hyssop
When applying the plant, it should be remembered that it belongs to the weakly poisonous. If the dosages recommended by the doctor are exceeded, convulsions may occur, it is likely that the blood pressure will drop drastically and, consequently, the heart rate increases.
Strictly can not use blue St. John's wort with increased nervous excitability( for example, with epilepsy), as well as pregnant and lactating women, children under two years of age. Elderly doctors reduce dosage.
Other ways of using the plant
Thanks to the essential oil contained in the shoots, hyssop is often found in perfumery and cooking. With him, soups, salads, vegetable and meat dishes, sausages and fruit refreshing drinks are prepared. As a spice it is excellent for marinades when pickling tomatoes and cucumbers. The plant is also used in the production of liqueurs and absinthe.
Hyssop is quite unpretentious and grows quickly, so it complements the flower gardens in an informal, natural style. Experienced horticulturists manage to form hedges for landscape zoning of the site.
Among other things, the hyssop is medicinal - one of the best honey plants and will certainly attract bees to collect nectar and pollination of plants in the garden. A long flowering period will allow filling the air with a pleasant spicy aroma almost all summer season.
The healing properties of hyssop have always attracted a person's attention to this plant. Its application is really very wide, and the minimum requirements for growing allow to occupy a worthy place in the list of the best spicy herbs.