Hyssop

Etymology

The name “hyssop” is thought to derive from the Hebrew êzôw or ezob, which means “healing herb”. The plant has anise, giant, water, hedge and wild variants.

Hyssopus officinalis

Characteristics

Plant family Lamiaceae (labiate)
Flowering season June to September
Harvest Flowering herb without roots
Vegetation Thrives in neutral to chalky soil, good ventilation, ample sun and dry conditions. Frequently found along field paths and at the edges of fields and forests

Mythology

The grace of God

According to the Bible, hyssop alleviated the suffering of Jesus on the cross, as a hyssop stalk was used to pass him a wet sponge. Essence of hyssop continues to be added to Catholic holy water to this day.