With winter in full swing and spring right around the corner, we need to do all we can to arm ourselves against colds and flus – especially during allergy season. While vaccines are available to keep the flu at bay, many prefer to boost our immune systems naturally by maintaining a healthy diet. With that in mind, hyssop is an herb that is valuable in natural immune system support.
What is Hyssop?
The hyssop plant is a bushy, semi-evergreen herb that is native to Asia but has been naturalized to grow in Europe and parts of the U.S. It has been used for spiritual, culinary, and medicinal purposes throughout the years. It has been recognized for the many health benefits it can provide including its ability to support a healthy immune system.
Hyssop and the Immune System
The chemical compounds in the hyssop leaves and flowers are known to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties that can make it effective in supporting a healthy immune system. The oil obtained from the plant is rich in flavonoids, which are known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and their ability to support health.
And while hyssop can boost the immune system to reduce the likelihood of colds and flus, it can also help those who do come down with these illnesses to recover. When used in tea, it can help expel phlegm and break up congestion in the lungs. It can also promote perspiration which helps the body in reducing fever and releasing toxins through the skin to fight illness.
Hyssop can also be beneficial in its ability to support digestive health and wound care and ease an upset stomach.
How to Incorporate Hyssop into Your Dietary Routine
Hyssop can be found in a variety of over the counter products including capsules, liquid supplements, teas, lozenges and throat sprays, aromatherapy oils and more. The product you select will depend on your individual needs and what you feel will work best for you.
Getting sick is never fun. Not only is it distressing on a mental and physical level, it can be disruptive to your daily life and result in unwanted medical costs. Taking the right preventative measures can keep sickness away during this flu season. Incorporate hyssop into your routine as a healthy mom, and help maintain a healthier, happier family for the rest of the year!