Ziziphora is the name of one genus of plants from Lamiaceae family, it calls to narrow leave Thyme and it is mountain plant. This plant has the hot and spicy smell as same as mint, however, with its special aroma use both in cooking and traditional medicine. The smell of the Ziziphora is very similar to the Thyme and it is a little as same as Pennyroyal.
In Iran, there are fourth species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants of Ziziphora.
The consumable parts of this plant are as follow:

  • Aerial parts (leaves and flowers)
  • Essential oil of this plant has pulegon, Menton, iso menthone, menthol, Tannins, flavonoids and …

Properties of Ziziphora Plant

One nutritionist said Ziziphora plant is stomach tonic and antiseptic of the respiratory tract.
This nutritionist added Ziziphora plant is from the Mint family that is consuming for making yogurt and buttermilk tasty.
He said this plant is stomach tonic and disinfectants respiratory tract and it has the properties of Mint.
Ziziphora is as follow:

  • Warm and dry
  • Bactericidal
  • Mucus
  • Anti-colds
  • Intestine antiseptic

He added that the effectiveness of Ziziphora plant is as same as Thyme. Thyme mostly consumes for the treatment of respiratory diseases but Ziziphora is often consumed for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhea and cramps.
Properties of Ziziphora contain as to strengthen the body, sexual power, disinfectants, anti-flu, heart nourishing and…
The other names of this plant contain as follow:

  • Kakuteh
  • Pouneh Kouhi (Oregano)
  • Alafeh Kabk (Quebec Grass)
  • Ashtouya
  • Palang Moshk (Musk Leopard)

Some of the important medicinal properties of Ziziphora (Nature and Medicinal properties)

Medicinal properties of Ziziphora

The nature of Ziziphora is warm and dry. Properties of Ziziphora are very similar to the properties of Thyme, with this kind of change that Thyme mostly consumes for the respiratory diseases but Ziziphora is mostly consumed in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhea and cramps.
Some of these properties of Ziziphora are as follow:

  • If it is consuming in the morning and evening instead of tea so it is coming to be profitable for bile.
  • Ziziphora is Carminative, Mucus and the reason of Menstruation happening.
  • Ziziphora is the amplifier of male sexual power.
  • One of the properties of Ziziphora is strengthened the body of the people whom they have the weak body. These people must consume from the Ziziphora in the bathroom. In this way that they must boil about 100 grams of the Ziziphora in 3 Liter of water then pour it in the tub and sitting inside.
  • Ziziphora in the two shapes of brewed or boiled are consuming for the treatment of Malta fever.
  • From the other properties of the Ziziphoar is making the stomach strengthening, if the people consume it about 1 hour after their food in the brewed shape.
  • Brewed shape of Ziziphora is good from preventing nose bleeding. Put the cotton impregnated to Ziziphora inside your nose.
  • Ziziphora plant is bactericidal, anti-flu, intestine antiseptic.
  • Ziziphora is the reason of absorption of food and it doesn’t have negative effects in the Iron of the Consumable food.
  • In Pakistan, Ziziphora use for the treatment of the Typhoid sickness.
  • Ziziphora is mostly consumed for the gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhea and cramps and antispasmodic.
  • The plant of Ziziphora is very helpful to relieve of rheumatism and rickets and gargling decoction of Ziziphora is very effective in resolving Tonsil
  • It is a good beverage in summer to make the body cold.
  • Ziziphora harms (Lateral complications, contraindications, and caution items)
  • Consuming Ziziphora in the pregnancy period has affected in the absorption of iron.

Generally consuming Ziziphora must not be in the shapes of a lot and in a continuous way and it is better that refrain of consuming it after 6 days continuous consume, one day and after 3 weeks of consuming one week.

Another usages and properties of Ziziphora

Ziziphora plant is in the mountain parts of Iran (especially Kordestan) consuming as the spice in foods and in a wide applicability in baking Italian foods is the better alternative than Thyme.
From chopped leaves of Ziziphora people can consume as the taste of Dough. Shepherds and climbers collecting Ziziphora plants and prepare tea.
In Azerbaijan in spring season local people collecting this plant and add it to tea. Also consuming the dry shape of Ziziphora in this region in the shape of powder is very common.

For preparing Ziziphora Tea:

Three times a day, and in every innings pour one teaspoon about 2-3 grams of Ziziphora powder in one cup of boiling water after Ten minutes smooth it and drink it after your food.


Three times a day, and in every innings pour one teaspoon about 2-3 grams of Ziziphora powder in one cup of boiling water after Ten minutes smooth it and drink it after your food.

  • The Ziziphora genus (Lamiaceae) involves a large number of herbal species.
  • Essential oils (EOs), volatiles and extracts of Ziziphora exhibit diverse profiles.
  • Oils of Ziziphora are mainly consisted of oxygenated monoterpenes (pulegone).
  • This review is based on a comprehensive survey in Scopus database.
  • Folkloric uses and biological properties of the Ziziphora species are discussed.

Ziziphora: A Medicinal Jewel of Western Asia

The Ziziphora clinopodioides plant, also known as Blue Mint Bush, thrives in the dry soil of Western Asia. It is in the family Lamiaceae in the major group

  • Angiosperms—or flowering plants.

This traditional medicinal plant has long been studied and applied in the treatment of various diseases, especially in its native growing regions of Iran, Iraq, and central and eastern part of Turkey. It is traditionally used by the Uighur people for treating hypertension.
Ziziphora is also a famous tea among the Siberian Altay nomads. These hunters are said to “come home to their yurts to a hot mug of Ziziphora tea with a pat
of yak butter floating on top after a hard day of wolf hunting on horseback with berkuts (the big Siberian eagles they hunt with).”
These nomads believe that Ziziphora invigorates the heart and nourishes the blood.
Ziziphora is highly valued for several other medicinal properties, including…

  • As a sedative and carminative
  • For anti-vomiting
  • As an anti-inflammatory
  • As an antibacterial
  • As an antiseptic in food

“Hippocrates declared, ‘Let your food be your medicine and let your medicine be your food,'” says professor C.J. Smith.

Increasingly, traditional doctors and modern people alike are taking note of this simple wisdom. “As we have developed modern medicines over the last couple of centuries we have neglected the role which diet plays in the maintenance of good health,” says Smith.
“However, recent years have shown the importance of understanding both the role of diet and the role of the gut flora in maintaining good health.”

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