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hyssop

(hĭs`əp), aromatic, perennial, somewhat woody herb (Hyssopus officinalis) of the family Labiatae (mintmint,
in botany, common name for members of the Labiatae, a large family of chiefly annual or perennial herbs. Several species are shrubby or climbing forms or, rarely, small trees.
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 family), native to the Old World but partially naturalized in North America. The plant has small, violet-blue or sometimes pink or white flowers. Although now grown chiefly for ornament, it has been used to flavor soups and salads, as a tea for chest ailments, and as a poultice for bruises; oil of hyssop has been added to liqueurs and cologne. The hyssop of the Scriptures (1 Kings 4.33; Ps. 51.7; John 19.29) may have been a similar plant or the name may have referred to different plants. Hyssop is used as a symbol of humility in religious painting. North American plants of the related genus Agastache are called giant hyssop and were used medicinally and as flavoring by the Native Americans. Hyssop is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Lamiales, family Labiatae.
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hyssop

Purple, pink or bluish flowers on a spike. (in mint family) Leaf tea used as anti-viral for herpes, HIV, etc. Used to loosen phlegm, relieve gas and help lungs- bronchitis, asthma, coughs. Rub in hair and on skin for eczema, dandruff and itchy scalp. Do not use if pregnant or epileptic.
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hyssop

Biblical herb used for ceremonial sprinkling. [Flower Symbolism: O.T. Psalms 51:7]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

hyssop

1. a widely cultivated Asian plant, Hyssopus officinalis, with spikes of small blue flowers and aromatic leaves, used as a condiment and in perfumery and folk medicine: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
2. any of several similar or related plants such as the hedge hyssop
3. a Biblical plant, used for sprinkling in the ritual practices of the Hebrews
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Commonly called blue giant hyssop, fragrant giant hyssop, or lavender hyssop, its potent nectar makes it one of the best plants that attract bees.
Hyssop oil should be avoided in pregnancy and by epileptics.
hyssop that is crushed by everyone At the crucifixion I lifted
Now the president of his own family's charitable foundation, he searched for a cause that could unite many disparate institutions in one drive toward a reachable goal, an undertaking no less daunting than trying to cure leprosy with some hyssop and earthenware.
It's not just fortuitous that the vinegar-soaked sponge forced into Jesus's mouth has hyssop placed upon it.
Like many scholars and residents of places with a past, Hyssop fears that global brands will erode national, regional and neighbourhood distinctiveness.
Smith's report to Banks on the state of the plants on the Guardian when it reached Cape Town on 7 December 1789 reveals that sage, hyssop, marjoram, pennyroyal and tansy were dead, chamomile was decidedly unhealthy, but horseradish, balm and mint were all in good health (Smith in Frost 1993).
One area in the garden is dedicated to herbs, including sorrel, thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, marjoram, chamomile, chives, dill, cilantro, parsley, mint, and hyssop. A beehive has been provided by White House carpenter Charlie Brandts.
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What I like about the Miserere is that the emphasis is not so much on forgiveness as it is on cleansing: "Cleanse me of sin with hyssop, that I may be purified." We implore God to wash us: "Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." We beg God for conversion: "A clean heart create for me, 0 God."
Research: Bacopa or water hyssop, a plant used since approximately the sixth century A.D., is known for its cognition-enhancing benefits.