Hyssop

Immense healing power

The origins of its name are the subject of fierce debate. The most sensible suggestion is the link to the Hebrew linguistic roots “êsôw or ezob”, which translates as “sacred herb”. “Sacred” in the sense of something special, because hyssop has the ability to relieve chronic pain.

Medicinal herb

Hyssop has been used in popular medicine to treat chronic chest pain for centuries. It has a beneficial effect on the chest area, relieving chronic irritable coughs and working as an expectorant. It also reduces inflammation that makes breathing difficult. It improves sleep at night by preventing uncomfortable sweating. It drives cold away from the body, leaving behind a feeling of warmth from head to toe. Hyssop also relieves menstrual and heart disorders, soothes painful eyes and provides energy in cases of poor circulation.

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Plant family: Lamiaceae
Blossoms: June to September
Harvest: The whole plant in blossom without roots: while blossoming
Vegetation: Dry, sunny ground, country lanes, on the edges of woods; neutral to chalky ground, well-aerated
Origin: Mediterranean
Distinguishing features: The soft leaves can soak up large quantities of moisture, which they release when shaken.

Traditional herb

It is said that hyssop lessened Jesus’ chronic suffering on the way of the cross, because the sponge he was given was impaled on a hyssop stalk. The Catholic Church still mixes hyssop essence with the holy water today to give people lightness on their way.

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Wonder herb

If the essential oil of hyssop is mixed with almond oil in a ratio of 1:60, a soothing chest oil is created, which has both a mucolytic and an expectorant effect. When mixed with thyme or wild thyme in a tea, hyssop relieves chronic lung disorders. Hyssop tea also benefits itchy scalps when used to wash hair. Hyssop honey eases chronic chest pain. To make it, boil two handfuls of blossoming hyssop in two cups of water, leave it to infuse for 15 minutes, then strain and mix the liquid with an equal quantity of honey when cool. One spoonful of hyssop honey taken three times a day removes tough mucus from the bronchioles.

 

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