Hyssopus Officinalis. A very pretty garden plant requiring no description.

Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Hyssop:

It should be gathered when just beginning to flower, dried, and placed in bags. An infusion of Hyssop sweetened with honey is good for hoarseness, and obstructions in the breast. Made into a Syrup with honey, it has the same effect.

Some persons add a little Oil of Almonds. It makes a wholesome tea combined with Balm as the principal, and a very small quantity of Mint. Hyssop is a vermifuge expelling worms from children. A handful of dried Hyssop in a linen cloth immersed in boiling water, is the best application to a black or blood-shot eye. Boiled with Rue and honey, it relieves cough, wheezing, shortness of breath. With bruised figs it is an easy purgative. It improves the natural colour, spoiled by the yellow jaundice; and taken with figs and nitre, relieves dropsy and spleen. Boiled with wine it is good to wash inflammations. It takes away black and blue spots caused by strokes, bruises or falls, applied with warm water. It is excellent for the quinsy, to wash and gargle the throat, being boiled with figs. The hot vapours of the decoction forced by a funnel in at the ears, ease inflammations and singing noises. It assists to expectorate tough phlegm, and is effectual in all diseases of the chests or lungs. The green herb bruised, and a little sugar, quickly heals cuts or green wounds.

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