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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.
..... Click the link for more information. 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).
..... Click the link for more information. , class Magnoliopsida, order Lamiales, family Labiatae.
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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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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.
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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