Part of Plant Used



Whole fresh or dried or powdered, essential oil


Eastern Europe

Active Ingredients

Volatile oil, Flavonoids, Hyssopin, Resin, Tannins, Terpene
Hyssop is an evergreen shrub native to Europe and the Middle East. The herb has a long history of use dating back thousands of years. Also known as "holy herb", hyssop is referred to in the Old Testament of the Bible several times as a purging herb.

The leaf and flower, which are highly fragrant and mint-like, are used as seasoning in foods and beverages. .

Background:  Hyssop is a valuable flavor additive for some liqueurs, hyssop is
not used as frequently in modern times.

​Description: Hyssop is a shrub that grows up to 2 feet high. It is native to Europe
​and thrives in climates that are sunny and dry. The flowering tops are gathered in
​the summer.

Safety: Hyssop essential oil can cause seizures. Do not use unless supervised
​by a professional health care provider.  Consult your health care provider before
beginning use of any herb.

​Hyssopus officinalis, hyssop is a herbaceous plant of the genus Hyssopus native to Southern Europe, the Middle East, and the region surrounding the Caspian Sea. Due to its properties as an antiseptic, cough reliever, and expectorant, it is commonly used as an aromatic herb and medicinal plant.

​The plant is commonly used by beekeepers to produce a rich and aromatic honey.

​Herb hyssop leaves are used as an aromatic condiment. The leaves have a lightly bitter taste due to its tannins, and an intense minty aroma. Due to its intensity, it is used moderately in cooking. The herb is also used to flavor liquor, and is part of the official formulation of Chartreuse.

Medicinal uses
​As a medicinal herb, hyssop has soothing, expectorant, and cough suppressant properties. The plant also includes the chemicals thujone and phenol, which give it antiseptic properties. Its high concentrations of thujone and chemicals that stimulate the central nervous system can provokee pileptic reactions when taken in high enough doses. The oil of hyssop can cause seizures and even low doses (2–3 drops) can cause convulsions in children. 

​It has been also used in the formulation of eye drops and mouthwash.

​Herb hyssop has also been observed to stimulate the gastrointestinal system. 

​Hyssop is cultivated for the use of its flower-tops, which are steeped in water to make an infusion, which is sometimes employed as an expectorant. There are three varieties, known respectively by their blue, red and white flowers, which are in bloom from June to October, and are sometimes employed as edging plants. Grown with catmint, it makes a lovely border, backed with Lavender and Rosemary. As a kitchen herb, it is mostly used for broths and decoctions, occasionally for salad. For medicinal use the flower-tops should be cut in August.

Hyssop, Eastern Europe

Hyssopus officinalis