Hyssop – Hyssopus Officianalis - Herb
Blending Note: Middle
Main Benefits: Reduce respiratory discomfort due to environmental threats, Promote the
natural wound healing process, Loosen mucus related to occasional environmental threats,
Harmonize the body through your menstrual cycle
Properties: Astringent, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Anti-Viral, Carminative, Cephalic,
Cicatrisant, Digestive, Diuretic, Emenagogic, Expectorant, Nervine, Sedative, Amenorrhea,
Other producers are: Southern Europe, the Middle East, Caspian Sea.
Allergy Warning: High Blood Pressure, Epilepsy, Babies, When Pregnant, Breast feeding.
Hyssop has a slightly sweet scent and was considered sacred oil in ancient Egypt, Israel, and Greece. A plant called hyssop has been in use since classical antiquity. Its name is a direct adaptation from the Greek, hyssopos. The Hebrew word esov, or esob and the Greek word hyssopos probably share a common but unknown origin. The name hyssop appears as a translation of ezov in some translations of the Bible, notably in verse 7 of Psalm 51: "Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean" but researchers have suggested that the Biblical accounts refer not to the plant currently known as hyssop but rather to one of a number of different herbs, including Syrian oregano, commonly referred to as "bible hyssop”. I Kings IV. 33 mention that 'ezov' was a small plant.
It was burned with the Red Heifer and used for purification of lepers and at Passover it was used to sprinkle the blood of the sacrificial lamb on the doorposts. Ancient alchemists used the powdered leaves and roots as a purgative and in ointments to spread over the stomach to combat worms. Small doses taken internally were mixed with honey to clean the mucous matter from the intestines or with crushed figs to loosen the bowels. Hyssop was also used for religious purification in Egypt, where the priests used to eat it with bread in order to purify this type of food and make it suitable for their austere diet.
Hyssop is an herb of the genus Hyssopus native to Southern Europe, the Middle East and the region surrounding the Caspian Sea. Hyssop ranges from 30 to 60 in height. 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 long. Under optimal weather conditions, herb hyssop is harvested twice yearly, once at the end of spring and once more at the beginning of the fall. The plants are preferably harvested when flowering in order to collect the flowering tips. During the summer, the plant produces bunches of pink, blue, or, more rarely, white fragrant flowers. These give rise to small oblong achenes. Hyssop essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of their leaved, flowers and buds. The extracted oil is clear and the consistency thin. The medium strength aroma is woody, herbal, fresh, earthy, fruity and slightly sweet.
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