Hyssop is probably most famously known as an herb for helping with symptoms of a cold or flu. It is often used for children, but is very appropriate for adults as well.
As a stimulating diaphoretic it warms the body, pushing out coldness and opening the pores. This is especially ideal for when a person feels cold and is shivering with a slight fever.
For thousands of years hyssop has been used for coughs with congested mucus. It both stimulates mucus and expectorates mucus, which enables the lungs and coughing mechanisms to rid it from the body. Herbalist Nicholas Schnell recommends it for chronic sinus infections.
Hyssop has been shown to have antiviral properties and is being studied for applications against HIV and herpes.
Test-tube studies show that hyssop stops the production of HIV without damaging the infected cells. These results have encouraged some people living with HIV to try the plant as an antiviral. Anecdotal reports suggest that the plant is effective in treating HIV-related infections and increasing CD4+ cell counts.
Honey in folk medicine is said to have healing properties. It has antibacterial, anti fungal, and antiviral qualities. Honey also has a good amount of minerals and enzymes. It is said to be healing to wounds and though it is controversial it has been used on burns throughout history. It is a great medicine to sooth the throat and to use as a base for herbal syrups. Raw and organic honey are the best choices for medicinal use.
Apple Cider vinegar also has an amazing history in folk medicine. It is a great supplement for gastrointestinal problems, heartburn, and low levels of acid. It can be used as a bitter before meals to assist with digestion. It is used for natural skin and hair care and for skin complaints. It is great for making salad dressings and for making medicinal herbal extracts when alcohol needs to be avoided. It is important to purchase a natural apple cider vinegar with the mother in it.
I use 1oz in a cup of hot water for a delicious cup of tea.