Hyssop, the purifier

This sweet, sagy biblical herb was first mentioned in Leviticus, Chapter XIV. David proclaims in Psalm LI, “Purge me with Hyssop and I shall be clean.” Planted near beehives, it lends to honey a distinct, fine scent and taste.

Fox (1933) cites its use as an aromatic, as well as a stimulant and diaphoretic, to be taken as an infusion. It is reputed to have expectorant properties. It was favored among the French as a tea.


Fox, Helen Morgenthau. (1933). Gardening with herbs for flavor and fragrance. The MacMillan Company. Republished 1970 by Dover.

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