hyssop flowerHyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), a biblical oil that was also sacred to ancient Greeks, has a fresh, woody scent that is slightly sweet. Hyssop is noted for its purifying properties.

Hyssop (Hyssopus) is a genus of about 10-12 species of herbaceous or semi-woody plants in the family Lamiaceae, native from the east Mediterranean to central Asia.

From Wikipedia, we learn more about hyssop’s history:

The name ‘hyssop’ can be traced back almost unchanged through the Greek (hyssopos) and Hebrew (ezov). The Book of Exodus records that the blood of the sacrifices was applied to the doorposts using hyssop on the night of Passover. Its purgative properties are also mentioned in the Book of Psalms. In the New Testament, a sponge soaked in sour wine or vinegar was stuck on a branch of hyssop and offered to Jesus of Nazareth on the cross just before he died. Both Matthew and Mark mention the occasion but refer to the plant using the general terms (kalamos), which is translated as “reed” or “stick.” Hyssop is used as an ingredient in eau de Cologne and the liqueur Chartreuse. It is also used to color the liquor Absinthe, along with Melissa and Roman wormwood. Hyssop is also used, usually in combination with other herbs such as liquorice, in herbal remedies, especially for lung conditions. It is a convulsant due to its Effect on CNS. Hyssop leaves have a slightly bitter minty flavour and can be added to soups, salads or meats, although should be used sparingly as the flavour is very strong.

bottle of hyssop essential oil ORAC index: Hyssop essential oil has an approximate ORAC of 209,167 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.

How to use: For aromatic use.

Possible skin sensitivity. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.

Ingredients: 100% therapeutic-grade essential oil

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Item No. 3566, 5 ml – Hyssop Essential Oil


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