HYSSOP Hyssopus officinalis
In herbal medicine the use of hyssop has fallen out of fashion, though the ancients swore by it. Hyssop is a perennial herb of the mint family, though in northern climes it can be considered as an annual. In Tudor times it was fashionable to grow hyssop as a hedging plant for their knotted gardens. In those days it was much appreciated, as not just as medicine, but also for its fragrance and flavour. It became an important ingredient of Chartreuse and similar herbal liqueurs and is also one of the most important ingredients of 'Eau de Cologne'. But most famously, Hyssop is one of the most frequently mentioned herbs of the Bible, which extols its purifying virtues. However, opinions differ as to the true identity of the biblical Hyssop, as some believe it to be based on mistranslation of the word 'azob' (Greek) or 'azaf' (Arab), both of which simply mean 'Holy Herb'. Heated theological arguments prevail. Meanwhile, other myths spring forth, and it is said that Hyssop was the sacred Herb used to pass the vinegar soaked sponge to Christ at the crucifixion. Whatever the case may be, Hyssop is a powerful and valuable healing plant in its own right, whether or not it is indeed the biblical herb so revered by the ancients.
Hyssop is particularly recommended for treating conditions of the upper respiratory tract, to open a tight chest and make coughs more productive. It soothes the itch of eczema. As a room aroma it can protect against bacteria and is thus a useful support for convalescence. It lifts the spirit and helps concentration if used in moderation. It is also an emmenagogue, so should be avoided during pregnancy. Hyssop is highly potent and should be used sparingly. Those suffering from epilepsy or high blood pressure should avoid this oil altogether.
Hyssop oil can be used in cleansing waters to purify temple or ritual spaces. It is a powerful protection oil that keeps negative energies at bay. It can be used for aura cleansing and to consecrate magical tools. It is a good oil for meditation as it is spiritually uplifting and can help to centre the mind.
A strong herbal, minty, slightly lemony aromatic scent. Blends well with Lavender, Clary Sage, Rosemary, Ravensara, Niaouli, Labdanum, Geranium, Rose and Mimosa.