The Scientific name of Hyssop : Hyssopus Officinalis

Name of Hyssop in different languages:-

English: Hyssop

Malayalam: Hisop

Hindi:जुफा (Jufa) or इसोप (Isop)

Plant description of Hyssop

Hyssopus Officinalis, commonly known as hyssop, is an herb with a long history of medicinal use in Ayurveda. It is valued for its therapeutic properties and is known by the Sanskrit name “Jufa” or “Jufaa.” It is a perennial herb native to Southern Europe and Asia. It is now cultivated in various parts of the world for its culinary, medicinal, and ornamental value.


  • Height: Hyssop typically grows to a height of 30-60 centimeters (12-24 inches).
  • Stems: The stems are woody at the base and become more herbaceous towards the top. They are covered in fine, white hairs.
  • Leaves: The leaves are narrow, lance-shaped, and arranged opposite each other along the stem. They are dark green and emit a strong, aromatic fragrance when crushed.
  • Flowers: The flowers are small, tubular, and arranged in dense, terminal spikes. They can range in color from blue to pink, purple, or white, depending on the variety.
  • Fruit: After flowering, small, oblong seeds develop.

Useful plant parts:

Whole plant

Medicinal uses:

In herbal medicine, hyssop is valued for its expectorant, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to address respiratory issues, digestive discomfort, and more.

Ayurvedic uses of Hyssopus Officinalis:

  1. Respiratory Health: Hyssop is used to address respiratory conditions like cough, cold, bronchitis, and asthma. It is believed to have expectorant properties, helping to clear mucus from the respiratory tract.
  2. Digestive Health: It may be employed to support digestive function, particularly in cases of indigestion and flatulence.
  3. Detoxification: Hyssop is considered beneficial for detoxifying the body, helping to eliminate toxins and waste products.
  4. Antimicrobial Properties: It may have natural antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, making it potentially useful in addressing infections.
  5. Circulatory Support: Some Ayurvedic practices utilize hyssop for its potential to promote healthy circulation.
  6. Calming Effects: It is believed to have calming and soothing effects on the nervous system, which may be beneficial for reducing stress and anxiety.
  7. Menstrual Health: Hyssop may be used to address menstrual discomfort and irregularities in some Ayurvedic formulations.
  8. Wound Healing: Applied topically, hyssop may assist in wound healing due to its potential antiseptic properties.
  9. Astringent Properties: It is considered astringent, which means it may help tone tissues and reduce excessive secretions.
  10. Balancing Kapha Dosha: Hyssop is believed to have qualities that balance excess Kapha dosha, making it useful for conditions associated with congestion and stagnation.

Always consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner or healthcare professional before using Hyssopus Officinalis or any herbal remedy. They can provide personalized advice based on your specific health condition and needs.

Chemical content:

Essential oil (thujone and phenol), antiseptic, pinocamphone and cineole.

Hyssop is one of the ingredients in the Ayurveda medicine:-







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