Hyssop was used to help support coughs, chest and lung complaints, urinary inflammations, and joint pain. In ancient Greece the herb was burned with brimstone and inhaled to help support sore throats. Pliny said that "bruises disappear under applications of hyssop", and "a handful of hyssop, boiled down to one third with salt, or pounded in oxymel and salt, carries off phlegm." Gerard said that "a decoction of hyssop made with figs, water, honey, and rue, and drunken, helpeth the old cough." Large doses of hyssop can be dangerous. It should not be taken during pregnancy.
Hyssop flowers were added to salads, the leaves were included in soups, stews, stuffings, meat dishes and fruit pies, and the distilled oil was used to flavour liqueurs.
A native of Mediterranean lands, hyssop was probably introduced into England either by the Romans or by the Normans. Its botanical name is derived from the Greek for a holy herb, referring to its ancient use in purifying ceremonies, and in the cleansing of sacred temples. Botanical experts disagree as to whether or not the hyssop mentioned in the Bible was Hyssopus officinalis, as the name 'hyssop' was given to a number of different plants in ancient times. Hyssop was one of the bitter herbs traditionally eaten by the Jews at the Passover. Strewn on the floor in churches and infirmaries, the herb was reputed to help avoid the spread of infectious health issues. Bees and butterflies are particularly attracted to the flowers, and, grown near cabbages, it was said to lure away whiteflies. Hyssop was used in pot-pourri and perfumes.
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Stir 1/4 of a teaspoon into a glass of water and consume 3 times daily, with meals.
Not recommended if you are pregnant or suffer from high blood pressure or epilepsy.
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