HYSSOP (Hyssopus decumbens): GRAS ~ May strengthen lungs; benefit poor vitality, breathlessness and immune deficiency. It is a symbol of spiritual cleansing. Aids to strengthen and clear lungs, discharge toxins, opening up the respiratory system and bronchitis. Helps to prevent colds and flu and works to fight infection and may assist dry choking cough. Assists to normalize blood pressure, stimulates and warms the digestion. Used for appetite loss, slow digestion and abdominal bloating, colic, fatigue, dermatitis, bruises, gout, nervous tension, arthritis, anti-inflammatory of the pulmonary, rheumatism, sore throat, stimulates and decongests liver, hepatitis, intestinal parasites, cystitis, aids nervous depression, anxiety and regulating lipid metabolism.
Scripture: In Scripture 12 times. Exodus 12:22; Leviticus 14:4, 6, 49 – 52; Numbers 19:6, 18; I Kings 4:33; Psalms 51:7; John 19:29 and Hebrews 9:19. This bitter herb of the Bible was used to purify the temple, during the Passover and the crucifixion of Yehushua/Jesus Used for spiritual and physical cleansing of the Temple.
Considered to ward off evil: Use with the blood for the Pesach/Passover Lamb (the hyssop branch dipped in the lamb’s blood struck the lintel/doorway with which its bruising released the aromatic SHeMeN/oil). Though the HYSSOP may have been a merciful offer to ease congestion and provide some temporary relief, Yehushua refused it. His purpose on the tree execution stake was to take on the sins of the world; thus, he refused the HYSSOP offered as it would have been counter-productive to his purpose. HYSSOP is effective against parasites and was used in the Temple for sacrifices/blood cleansing. Harmful parasites, viruses and bacteria would be considered bad or evil. Cohen/priests would benefit from the protection of such by having this SHeMeN strengthen their immune system.
As Israel – Believers in covenant with YHWH and as Living Stones, HYSSOP is used for personal spiritual and physical cleansing. Releases hidden emotions and is a spiritual cleanse of past sin and immorality. Consider the application of David’s request after his repentance for his sin with Bathsheba.
Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O Elohim; and renew a right spirit within me. Psalm 51:7 – 10
Ancient Use: Spiritually cleansing, helping the mind focus during prayer. Used forpurification from sin, addictions and destructive habits. Various medicines, respiratory relief, decongestant, expectorant, repeller of evil spirits.
Modern Use: Its main use has been for respiratory disorders – colds, flu, bronchitis, upper respiratory catarrh. It contains the bitter component, marrubiin (also found in White Horehound), which has expectorant properties. It may be used for fevers, as it promotes sweating. It has also been used for sluggish digestion, mucus congestion in the intestines, and for throat infections. It can be useful for the cold sores of the Herpes simplex virus due to its antiviral activities. Externally, it is beneficial for burns, bruises, wounds, and infections. Immune system builder. Monoterpenes reprogram DNA. Relieve anxiety, arthritis, asthma, respiratory infections, parasites, sore throats, cuts/wounds. Metabolizes fat, increases perspiration, detoxifying and emotionally balancing.
For a choking dry cough, we use 1 – 2 drops of Frankincense and/or Hyssop in a shot glass and swish in mouth and/or gargle then swallow. Can also mix with coconut, rice or soy milk and do same.
Emotional Influence: Emotionally balancing. Beneficial for the type of person who is easily affected by other’s moods and emotions, and who, as a result, quickly absorbs tension from their environment. This could include those who are sensitive and have prophetic tendencies and walk in spiritual discernment. It helps to purge confused thoughts and negative emotions, which leads us to greater spiritual insight and generosity. Its effect on the nervous system and mind is a distinctly invigorating one. Has been used for poor concentration, mental fatigue and chronic nervous debility.
Application: Use 4 – 5 drops for massage. Diffuse, topical and oral.
Constituent: Oxides, Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes.
Descriptor: Expectorant, antioxidant, stimulates liver, aids digestion, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, alkalizing, tonic.
Distilled: Flowers and Leaves
Found In: CoHeN, Out of Egypt (Exodus) and HaDaSsaH.
CAUTION: Use in moderation as it is a hot and stimulating oil in nature.
For a choking dry cough, we use 1 – 2 drops of Frankincense and/or Hyssop in a shot glass mixed with 1/2 tsp. olive or coconut oil; then, swish in mouth and/or gargle then swallow.
*Grown organically but not certified.