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All About Hyssop | Know Your Spice Jupha (Hyssopus officinalis)

All About Hyssop | Know Your Spice Jupha (Hyssopus officinalis)

All About Hyssop | Know Your Spice Jupha (Hyssopus officinalis)

All About Hyssop | Know Your Spice Jupha or Eisop (Hyssopus officinalis)

It is also known as zufa, jupa, issopo

Hyssop or Eisop is an aromatic perennial herb, 30-60 cm high, grown at higher elevations (above 1500 meters).

It is a native to Southern Europe and temperate zones of Asia. It is cultivated in Europe especially in Southern France. In India it is found in the Himalayas and is cultivated in Kashmir.

All aerial parts of the plant (stem, leaves, flowers) are used. The dried plant is less aromatic than the fresh one. It is also grown as a pot herb.

What are the other names of Hyssop?

Eisop names in other languages are given below.
Indian Languages Other Languages
Hindi: Zufah-yabis, Jupha
Bengali:
Gujarati: –

Malayalam
: Isop
Marathi: Kantijar
Punjabi: –

Sanskrit:
Jufa
Tamil:

Telugu:

Latin (Botanical): Hyssopus officinalis
Arabic: Zufa
Chinese:
Gau sat chou
Dutch:
Hyssop
French: 
Hysope
German: Eisop
Italian: Issopo
Spanish: Hisopo
Swedish
: Isop

What exactly is Hyssop?

Get to know more about Eisop or Jupha

Spice card – all about hyssop | know your spice jupha (hyssopus officinalis)

Hyssop or Jupha (Hysoppus officinalis) plant is a member of the Lamiaceae (Mint family). It is a fragrant and evergreen herb.

It has long been a symbol of cleanliness and sacrifice in the Catholic church and is used as a flavoring agent, most notably as a key ingredient in Chartreuse liquor, made by monks since 1737.

It spreads in the ground level and is found in the Himalayan belt. The stem is woody at the base, from which grow a number of straight branches.

Its leaves are lanceolate, dark green in color, and from 2 to 2.5 cm (0.79 to 0.98 in) long. The leaves have small hair like structure and have a pleasant odor and bitter taste.

The flowers are pinkish to purplish in color and have pleasant odor.  They bloom from July to September.  Its fruit is brown in color and slightly triangular in shape.

What is the nutritional value of Hyssop?

Find out about the nutritional value of Eisop or Jupha (Hyssopus officinalis)

The nutritional value of the herb lies in its volatile oils and compounds within the leaves and flowers.

The herb is a source of flavonoids, which offer antioxidants benefits, and contains iodine and various terpenes (the source of it’s pungency), carotene, and choline.

It provides anti-rheumatic, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and expectorant properties that are beneficial for humans.

What is the chemical composition of Hyssop?

Know and understand about chemical composition of Eisop or Jupha (Hyssopus officinalis)

The content of essential oil is rather low (0.3 to 0.9%); it is mostly composed of cineol, β-pinene and a variety of bicyclic mono­terpene derivatives (L-pino­camphene, isopino­camphone, pino­carvone).

As many other plant of the mint family, hyssop contains rather large amounts of bitter and anti­oxidative tannines.

These are phenols with a diterpenoid skeleton (carnosol, carnosolic acid), depsides of coffeic acid (= 3,4-dihydroxy­cinnamic acid) and several triterpenoid acids (ursolic and oleanolic acid).

These phenols are very similar or the same compounds have also been found in sage and rosemary.

What is the history of Hyssop?

Know more about the origins & the story behind Jupha or Zufa (Hyssopus officinalis)

The Greek plant name hyssopos [ὕσσωπος] is probably derived from Old Hebrew esob [אזוב] (men­tioned in the Bible.

The Hebrew term azob or esob means “the holy herb”, which was used for cleaning people and sacred places and later came to be known as a symbol of cleansing and purification.

Native to the northern Mediterranean coast and parts of the Middle East, Hyssop has been used since ancient times and was once considered a cure-all for a variety of ailments.

As a natural remedy it was prescribed by apothecaries to relieve respiratory congestion, digestive issues and rheumatism.

The leaves were used for tinctures and salves for wounds or bruises. It can also be used to lower a fever.

It is said that European women would sniff dried Hyssop flowers they had pressed in their psalm books to stay awake in church.

It was introduced to the New World by colonists in 1631. It can be found growing in the Eastern part of the US, from Montana to North Carolina.

Today, it makes an appearance at local farmers markets in the US, and can still be found throughout southern and central Europe.

What are the uses of Hyssop?

How is jupha used?
  • It is most often used as a spice herb to flavor dishes and beverages, teas, and liquors (Chartreuse).
  • It can be used in soups, stuffings and sauces. The sweetly scented flowers make an interesting addition to salad greens.
  • Its essential oil is used widely in the perfume industry and hyssop tea was used to treat many ailments including digestive and intestinal problems, throat infections, rheumatism and insomnia.
  • It is also used for digestive and intestinal problems including liver and gallbladder conditions, intestinal pain, intestinal gas, colic, and loss of appetite.
  • Lotion of hyssop was said to improve skin colour and texture.
  • Its leaves are often used to flavour salads, stews and marinades.
  • The flowers can also be used to garnish dishes and in salads.
  • It is also added to potpourri.

What does Hyssop taste like?

What is the the taste of Eisop or Jupha?

Zufa tastes like mint but with floral overtones—like a minty lavender—but with a slight bitterness.


Hyssop – dried leaves & stems


What are the ayurvedic properties of Hyssop?

Information about ayurvedic details of Eisop or Jupha

Rasa (Taste) – Katu (Pungent), Tikta (Bitter)
Guna (Qualities) – Laghu (Light for digestion), Ruksha (Dry in nature), Teekshna (Strong)
Vipaka (Taste conversion after digestion) – Katu (Undergoes Pungent taste after digestion)
Veerya (Potency) – Ushna (Hot)
Karma (Actions) – Kaphavata shamaka (reduces vitiated kapha and vata dosha)


What can I use Hyssop for?

Learn how to use Eisop or Jupha in your food & beverages.
  • You can use the leaves are used in marinades for meat and poultry and are added to soups and sauces.
  • A small amount of the herb chopped fresh or a pinch of it dried pairs well with peas, lentils and mushrooms.
  • You can use it to add a unique flavor to fruit compotes, sauces or stone fruit pies.
  • Dried Hyssop is sometimes used in the herb blend za’atar in Israel.
  • It has digestive properties and is often used as an ingredient in bitters or tonics.
  • You can use the leaves are used as a medicinal tea to improve the tone of a feeble stomach.
  • Green tops of the herb can be boiled in soup to be given for asthma.

How long does Hyssop last?

Learn about how long does Eisop or Zufa last in storage.

Fresh hyssop leaves will keep well, refrigerated, for up to one week.

How do I store Hyssop?

Learn about how to store Eisop or Zufa.

You should store dry hyssop leaves and flowers in an airtight container.

Is there a substitute for Hyssop?

Learn how to use a substitute for Eisop or Jupha if unavailable

The best substitute for hyssop is with 1 1/2 tablespoon of chopped fresh sage + 1 1/2 tablespoon chopped fresh mint.

Where do I buy Hyssop from?

Where to Locate Eisop or Jupha in the Grocery Store?

Hyssop essential oil is widely available for purchase from health stores, homeopathy outlets, and natural health centers.

You can also buy hyssop products & oils online at this link.

What are the health benefits of Hyssop?

Learn about health benefits of Eisop or Jupha (Hyssopus officinalis)

The following are health benefits of Hyssop, Eisop, Zufa or Jupha

  • Health Benefits of Jupha as an AntioxidantAntioxidants are naturally occurring compounds that help protect cells against damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. Hyssop also suppresses the storage of fat in the body.
  • Health Benefits of Hyssop for Asthma – Hyssop and several other plants were able to improve inflammation, oxidative stress, allergic response, tracheal smooth muscle constriction, and airway remodeling in asthma.
  • Health Benefits of Jupha against Ulcers – Researchers found that hyssop acts against two chemicals in the body that are implicated in ulcers: urease and a-chymotrypsin.
  • Health Benefits of Hyssop against Cancer – Hyssop may be one of the more potent anti-cancer herbs in this family, killing 82 percent of breast cancer cells in laboratory studies.
  • Health Benefits of Jupha as an Anti-inflammatory AgentHyssop rhizomes contain flavonoids, tannins, bitters, volatile oils, and several phenolic compounds, which display potent anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Health Benefits of Hyssop as an Antimicrobial Agent – Extracts and oils from the jupha plant show moderate antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.
  • Health Benefits of Jupha against Common Cold – In folk medicine, hyssop is often used to alleviate symptoms of the common cold. The essential oil has been reported to reduce sore throat and cough.
  • Health Benefits of Hyssop for Infections – As a purported antimicrobial, hyssop oil may act as a natural antibiotic to fight certain infections. These may include upper respiratory infection, urinary tract infection, and infections of the skin.

All About Hyssop | Know Your Spice Jupha (Hyssopus officinalis)
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Hyssop - Make Hot & Mellow Hyssop Tea

Hyssop - Make Hot & Mellow Hyssop Tea - A cup of hot, mellow hyssop tea keeps the chill away. Hyssop tea is the perfect solution to treat inflammatory conditions of the throat and chest.
Course Beverage, Tea
Cuisine World
Diet Diabetic, Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword Hyssop, Hyssop Tea, Jupha Tea, Make Hyssop Tea, Zufa Tea
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 Servings
Calories 2kcal
Author Sumit Malhotra

Ingredients

  • 1 Teaspoon Hyssop Leaves & Stems
  • 2 Cups Water

Instructions

  • Put hyssop or jupha in a teacup
  • Bring water to a boil in a saucepan
  • Pour the boiling water over the hyssop tea leaves.
  • Steep for 10 minutes
  • Drink.

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FInally! To Sum It Up

All About Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) | Benefits of Hyssop

Spice card – all about hyssop | know your spice jupha (hyssopus officinalis)

Hyssop or Jupha (Hysoppus officinalis) plant is a member of the Lamiaceae (Mint family). It is a fragrant and evergreen herb.

It has long been a symbol of cleanliness and sacrifice in the Catholic church and is used as a flavoring agent, most notably as a key ingredient in Chartreuse liquor, made by monks since 1737.

It spreads in the ground level and is found in the Himalayan belt. The stem is woody at the base, from which grow a number of straight branches.

Its leaves are lanceolate, dark green in color, and from 2 to 2.5 cm (0.79 to 0.98 in) long. The leaves have small hair like structure and have a pleasant odor and bitter taste.

The flowers are pinkish to purplish in color and have pleasant odor.  They bloom from July to September.  Its fruit is brown in color and slightly triangular in shape.

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