"Take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. None of you shall go out of the door of his house until the morning"(Exodus 12/22). Named for more than hundred times in the Holy Bible, Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis, Lamiaceae family) has been cultivated in Central Europe for a long time , been known to mankind since ages ago. Hyssop is also quite popular for its frequent occurrence among other herbs in the field and for its incredibly pleasant fragrance and beautiful appearance.
As the name officinalis indicates, hyssop has been used in many traditional remedies and as a recurrent herb in some other homeopathic uses. Its essential oil containing species serves not only as spice but in many countries including Hungary, it is used as a folk medicine against certain respiratory diseases . Image: Hyssopus officinalis aristamus by Peganum under Creative Common license (CC BY-SA 2.0).
Common name: Hyssop.