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September 12, 2012 / martinezyoga

Wake Up! Smell the…

Hyssop – Hyssopus officinalis

Aroma – Powerful, sharp, sweet-camphoraceous, warm, spicy

Parts Used – Leaves and flowertops

Extraction Method – Steam distillation

Therapeutic Properties – Antiseptic, digestive, expectorant, nervine

Interesting Facts – The name comes from the Greek word hyssopus, itself derived from the Hebrew word ezob, meaning good scented herb. The flowers and leaves have been highly valued since antiquity for their therapeutic properties, and it was one of the bitter herbs mentioned in the Old Testament. Hippocrates prescribed it for bronchitis.

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