Hyssop – Herb of Protection

Harebell & Betony

The small bunch of Hyssop I have in my garden has just started flowering, with blue, decorative spikes…….Hyssop thrives in the Summer and (like me) barely tolerates the Winter……….

History; Cultivated widely in Britain, Hyssop does grow wild in Southern Europe. Historically Hyssop was used as a ‘strewing’ herb in the 17th Century and would be tossed into straw beds and hung in windows. The flowering heads have also been used for perfumery, in the manufacture of Chartreuse and other liqueurs. There most famous use is as a tea or in a bath, as Hyssop is an expectorant  and will give relief for bronchitis, catarrh and other similar chesty conditions. An infusion of Hyssop has also been used to treat painful bruises and contusions and in the external treatment of muscular rheumatism.

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