Hyssop: Benefits and Uses – from Medicinal to Magickal

Latin Name: Hyssopus officinalis

Derivative of: azob “a holy herb” (Greek)

Common Name: Hyssop

Traditional Names: Holy Herb

Family: Lamiaceae

Planet: Jupiter (Culpepper)

Element: Water (under Cancer)

Medicinal Properties: Antispasmodic, Expectorant, Sedative, Diaphoretic, Carminative, Antiseptic, Nervine

Spiritual Properties: Purifying, Rebirth, Exorcism

Magickal Uses: Cleansing ceremonies; make into a tea and drink before a ceremony to purify the body and soul & enhance intuition; Enhances dreams and alleviates nightmares; Purifying bath blends. Mix with Rose Petals and Sage; Make a Smudging Wand out of Hyssop dried and burn to cast away spirits; Hang Hyssop as the door to ward away evil spirits

General Uses: Make into a strong infusion, 2 tsps boiled 15 minutes at least, and mix with honey to remove phlegm, as well as alleviate fever and respiratory infections; use Hyssop infusion to remove lice and alleviate itching; boil with wine and dilute in warm water before applying to areas of inflammation and bruising to take away black and blue marks of the skin. May also bruise fresh leaves and place them in warm linen before applying to discolored areas; boil with rue and honey then drink for breathing problems such as cough, shortness of breath, wheezing, and rheumatic distillations; infuse fresh bruised herb in honey and take a spoonful to kill worms in the belly

Personal Uses:

To support a fever, brew a strong infusion of Hyssop, Ginger, and Echinacea. Allow to cool enough to touch before adding Manuka Honey.

Avoid if:

Pregnant, Breastfeeding, Prone to Seizures, Under the age of 16.

Seek medical advice if unsure.


  • “Purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean.” Psalm 51:7

  • Native to Europe and temperate Asia, transferred to America and now growing wild.

  • Bitter & Minty flavor is nice for salads.

All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from healthcare practitioners. Please consult your healthcare professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.

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