Latin: Hyssopus officinalis L.
Evergreen bushy shrub up to 60cm tall with square stems.
Linear lanceolate leaves up to 2cm long, hairy at margin.
Small blue labiate flowers in axillary whorls.
Parts used: Herb.
Volatile oil – camphor, thujone.
Most commonly used for coughs, bronchitis and respiratory complaints.
Constituent marrubin has been shown to act as an expectorant – to aid in the removal of phlegm from the respiratory tract.
Essential oil has bacteriostatic properties – which may play a role in fighting infection. .
Thought to be the 'Syrian Marjoram' mentioned in the bible.