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HYSSOP - Organic
Hyssopus officinalis

History and Folklore
In modern herbal medicine, the use of Hyssop has fallen out of fashion, though the ancients swore by it. Hyssop is a perennial herb of the mint family, but in northern climes it is not hardy and can be considered an annual. In Tudor times, Hyssop was a fashionable hedging plant, much used in the designs of knotted gardens. In those days it was highly appreciated for its fragrance, flavour and medicinal virtues. It became an important ingredient of Chartreuse and similar herbal liqueurs and is also one of the most important ingredients of 'Eau de Cologne'. But Hyssop's greatest claim to fame is the fact that it is frequently mentioned in the Bible, where its purifying virtues are highly praised. However, opinions differ as to the true identity of the biblical Hyssop. Some authorities believe there to have been a mistranslation of the word 'azob' (Greek) or 'azaf' (Arab), both of which simply mean 'Holy Herb', but which in the English translation became identified with Hyssop. Heated theological arguments prevail. Meanwhile, other myths spring forth: it is said that Hyssop was the sacred herb that was used to pass the vinegar soaked sponge to Christ at the crucifixion. Whatever the case may be, Hyssop is a powerful and valuable healing plant in its own right, whether or not it is indeed the biblical herb so revered by the ancients.

Magical Uses:
Hyssop oil can be used in cleansing waters to purify temple or ritual spaces. It is a powerful protection herb that keeps negative energies at bay. It can be used for aura cleansing and to consecrate magical