Hyssop has been used for centuries as an antiseptic agent; one of its common uses is as a medicinal plant and aromatic herb. The word Hyssop is even used in the Bible — in verse 7 of Psalm 51, it states, “Thou shalt purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean.”
For thousands of years, hyssop has been used as a purifier and cleanser; the Romans even used hyssop because they believed it helped protect them against plagues. I
Hyssop, or hyssopus officinalis, is a herbaceous plant of the genus Hyssopus, and it’s native to Southern Europe, the Middle East and the region surrounding the Caspian Sea. Its name comes from the Hebrew word adobeor ezob, which literally means “holy herb.” Today, hyssop is used for digestive and intestinal problems, including liver and gallbladder conditions, intestinal pain, and loss of appetite.
The Hyssop Plant and Components
Hyssop is part of the mint family, so it has a minty taste that can be rather intense when added to foods. It’s best to use the herb in smaller quantities when adding it to salads, broths or soups. The main components of hyssop extract include monoterpenes (cis-pinochamphone, trans-pinocamphone and beta-pinene) and sequiterpenes (germacrene and elemol); however, the chemical composition does vary depending on the plant’s growth stage when extracted.
The flavonoids present in hyssop extract provide beneficial antioxidant activity.
- Cleansing: Hyssop provides natural cleansing properties that can help minimize the appearance of pores — making skin look softer and smoother.
- Great for Oily Skin: Hyssop can also help liven up your complexion as well as balance oil and help cleanse pores.
- Great for Sensitive Skin: Because of its natural properties, hyssop oil has a reputation for helping those with sensitive skin.