HYSSOP

Posted February 12 2015

HYSSOP

Many herbs have been used for thousands of years. Then there are herbs like Hyssop that even go back to the beginning of recorded history. Hyssop is an herb that everyone recognizes from the bible. The word Hyssop comes from the Greek word (azob) which means (holy herb). Hyssop has many functions in the culture and history of mankind. Hyssop was used as a cleansing herb in religious ceremonies.

            Back in the Old Testament times, the pharaoh wouldn’t let the children of Israel leave Egypt, so Moses and Aaron called down many plagues on the pharaoh and on Egypt. Still the pharaoh wouldn’t let them go. When the final plague was called down upon the Egyptians, the children of Israel where instructed to take a bunch of Hyssop and dip it in lambs blood, then to strike or paint the inlet over the door and the two side posts of the door so the destroyer would pass over their homes. Someone asked why they were instructed to use a bunch of Hyssop for their paint brush for the lamb’s blood. We don’t know. However my guess is that Hyssop as a cleansing herb would be symbolic of a purge or cleanse. Hyssop would help cleanse the house and those inside and then protect them from harm

            In psalms 51:7 David cried to the Lord, “purge me with Hyssop and I shall be clean.” Undoubtedly Hyssop was used in many of the cleansing ceremonies. King David must have felt that if the Lord with his great power would purge him with Hyssop and its great cleansing ability that he would be made clean and acceptable in the sight of the Father. We understand when some Levites who worked in the temple would touch something unclean like a fly or dead insect they had to quickly leave their assignment in the temple and go clean themselves in some special way. It’s possible that Hyssop was used in this cleansing process or ceremony.

            Hyssop is a member of the mint family with an agreeable aromatic odor or smell. It is a bushy plant that grows to a height of one or two feet. It is a perennial, shrubby plant and has a square stem like most of the mint family plants. The leaves are linear and lance shaped, and grow in in pairs on opposite side’s right out of the square stock. The leaves don’t have stems. The flowers grow in whorls around the upper part of the stock. There are three varieties of flowers. They are deep blue, bluish purple or red and they bloom from June to October.

            Hyssop can be used as a cleanser for the digestive tract. Hyssop is an expectorant herb that will clean out the lungs, sinus and bronchioles. Hyssop is a diuretic herb to help the kidneys, and a diaphoretic herb to help the body perspire. Hyssop is a stimulant to stimulate the body functions. Hyssop is considered a pectoral herb for chest or respiratory problems including asthma, a digestant to help the stomach and digestion, and Hyssop has other functions as well. Hyssop’s camphor-like smell acts as an expectorant that helps break loose phlegm and catarrh from the bronchioles and lungs and helps drain the sinuses. When combined with horehound Hyssop becomes more effective against colds, flu, fevers, coughs and sore throats. Hyssop is supposed to be good for cold sores or herpes, for arthritis or sore aching muscles...