Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
Fun fact: In the 10th century, Benedictine monks introduced hyssop to Europe as an ingredient for liqueurs.
Hyssop, also known as the holy herb, is mentioned numerous times in the Holy Bible. Used by powerful biblical leaders, like David, Moses, Solomon, and Jesus, hyssop cleansed and purified mankind, both internally and externally. It was also used to wash and polish sacred places. Others embraced hyssop as well. The Greeks used hyssop for respiratory problems. Persians used hyssop in a type of body lotion to give the skin a fine color. Indians used it to reduce body tissue fluids, to alleviate bruises, and to soothe cuts and wounds. And Europeans in the 17th century used hyssop as an air freshener. Once used extensively across the globe, its use in the Western world diminished as modern day medicine took its place. Now with a resurgence in acceptance of holistic therapies, hyssop is once again a therapeutic leader.
Mixes well with: Clary sage, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lime, orange, sage, rosemary, and tangerine.
Parts used: Leaves and flowering tops.
Extraction method: Steam distillation.
Safety Information: Avoid if pregnant. Do not use if diagnosed with epilepsy or high blood pressure.