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Sun Apr 29, 2012, 09:39 AM

A question about hyssop...

My daughter has a hyssop plant that she uses for ritual purposes I think. I'd like to learn a bit more about it, its uses, and how to prepare any oils or extracts this group might know about. So far my only support has been to dry it and make it available for use in herb tea etc. I know it has some medicinal purposes, but that it can also be poisonous if over done. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

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Ruby Reason Apr 2012 OP
silverweb Apr 2012 #1
Ruby Reason Apr 2012 #3
silverweb May 2012 #6
icymist Apr 2012 #2
Ruby Reason Apr 2012 #4
kentauros Apr 2012 #5
Ruby Reason May 2012 #7
Sentath May 2012 #8
LiberalEsto Aug 2012 #9
Ruby Reason Aug 2012 #10

Response to Ruby Reason (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 02:16 PM

1. Here's an excellent article:

It includes a description, history, uses and preparations, and precautions: http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_hyssop.htm

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Response to silverweb (Reply #1)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:18 PM

3. Thank you. This is a great link.

I'm learning more all the time. This was quite in-depth and filled in several areas of information I did not know.

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Response to Ruby Reason (Reply #3)

Tue May 1, 2012, 02:13 PM

6. Happy to be of service.

I'm glad you found it helpful.



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Response to Ruby Reason (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 10:43 PM

2. If you are afraid that this herb can be poisonous if ingested, than do not ingest it!

Hyssop has a long history going back thousands of years throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Egypt. Magically, this is used for purification and protection by making a besom (or broom) of the herb and sweeping away all negative energy. The plant can also be infused with water and sprinkled over sacred object, cleansing them for ritual use. You can also make hyssop oil that can be used externally on the body. Put a couple of drops of hyssop oil into the palm of your hands, rub them together, then from the feet on up rub this into your body while chanting the cleansing and protection spell you wish to invoke. Be sure to bind the spell by visualizing tying a knot.

If you have any doubt about using this herb then do not use it. Herbs and perscription/OTC drugs sometimes do not mix. As with all herbal remedies I would sugest checking with a medical professional before using then medicinally.

Here are some links where you can read up on hyssop:
http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/bookofshadows/ig/Magical-Herbs/Hyssop.htm
http://www.complete-herbal.com/details/hyssop.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyssop

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Response to icymist (Reply #2)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 09:21 PM

4. Thank you, but don't worry.

We have slowly worked our way through penny royal, horehound, St. John's wort, and more that all have "medicinal" and "poisonous" affects. The links were quite helpful and I was quite interested in you own notes at the beginning. I really like the plant, it does attract lots of bees, butterflies, etc.

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Response to Ruby Reason (Original post)

Mon Apr 30, 2012, 10:45 PM

5. This is my go-to site for herbs and herbology:

Botanical.com
They usually have a drawing of the plant in question, too, making it easier to identify.

And here's the entry on Hyssop

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Response to kentauros (Reply #5)

Thu May 3, 2012, 09:52 PM

7. You're right. It is a good site. Thank you.

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Response to Ruby Reason (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 05:51 PM

9. There are at least two different plants called hyssop

One, agastache, is sometimes called anise hyssop or Korean hyssop. It smells like licorice and the leaves make a lovely tea.
Here's an article about various kinds of agastache: http://suite101.com/article/agastache-a104896

The other is true hyssop, and here is an article on it: http://www.herbs2000.com/herbs/herbs_hyssop.htm

Both agastache and true hyssop are members of the mint family. I have both growing in my garden. True hyssop can be used as a remedy for coughs, but I have never used it. I grow it for the lovely blue flowers, which attract bees and butterflies. Agastache is also a bee magnet. Growing plants that attract bees helps ensure that my vegetable garden gets pollinated.



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Response to LiberalEsto (Reply #9)

Sun Aug 26, 2012, 06:16 AM

10. Thanks you. Ours is true Hyssop.

The only thing in our garden that smells like licorice is the fennel. We have all kinds of plants that attract bees, butterflies and the occasional humming bird. We have identified at least 3 different honey bee colonies and 2 different bumble bee colonies that come to our yard. It is fun! The down side is that I was stung 4 times this summer (so far). My fault, stupid stuff like putting my knee on a bee while weeding, etc. But we don't complain because we love our pollinators, plus we have several aloe plants just inside the back door.

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