The essential oil, Hyssop, has been used through the ages. It was used in the Old Testament times as one of the bitter herbs used to purify the Temple. While on the cross, Jesus was offered a sour wine soaked sponge that was on the limb of Hyssop. It is believed that the scent of Hyssop offered some relief from congestion of fluid build up that formed to those being crucified.
Hyssop is a bushy perennial shrub that belongs to the Labiatae (mint) family. In ancient times, Hyssop was used in religious rituals, in medicines, and in cooking. The Hebrew name, EZOB, means “Holy Herb” and was used for Spiritual Cleansing.
During Roman times, this valuable essential oil was used to sanitize home of the sick. It was commonly found growing in gardens, used in soups, and in liqueurs.
Hyssop is still a useful essential oil to have on hand. Its stimulating action may be beneficial for lung conditions due to flu or the common cold. Hyssop also has a diuretic action that may assist in eliminating fluid retention.
Hyssop should be used carefully. Just a few drops will be enough for most people. For those that are pregnant, have high blood pressure, or have epilepsy, avoid contact with this powerful essential oil.