Hyssop is a highly aromatic flower that has been used to create fragrances and flavor food since the ancient days. Medicinally, Hyssop was used for respiratory issues as well as a remedy for cuts, bruises, and rheumatism.
"Purge me with hyssop," the Bible records, "and I will be clean." Hyssop has been used for millennia as a holy herb, consecrated for cleaning holy places. Its name comes from the Hebrew word adobe or ezob, which literally means "holy herb". It is native to southern Europe but is grown in gardens in cooler climates around the world. Hyssop is a member of the mint family and is good in salads, provided it is used in small quantities. It has been considered an aphrodisiac when combined with ginger, thyme, and pepper. Hyssop has been hung in homes to provide protection from the evil eye, and from witches. It has also been planted frequently on graves as protection for the dead from the living.