Once considered sacred, this herb was often used in purification practices. Hyssop comes from the Mediterranean. Most of the oil produced goes into expensive perfumes.
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Extraction: Distilled from flowering tops. The odor is spicy, strong, herbaceous.
Emotional Attribute: A sedative, hyssop reduces grief and hysteria while increasing mental clarity.
Considerations: A nervous-system stimulant, use hyssop with caution: large doses may raise blood pressure and trigger asthma or epilepsy.
Hyssop (H. officinalis var. decumbens) –This variety of hyssop contains none of the hazardous ketones found in regular hyssop. High in linalol, it is a sinus and lung decongestant, safe for allergies, sinusitis, bronchitis, asthma and nervousness.