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How to Use Hyssop

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Overview

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) is an aromatic herb with branched stems that can reach 2 feet in height. An unassuming herb with small leaves and blue flowers, hyssop gained notoriety through its varied uses. It is used as an ingredient in cologne, in Chartreuse liqueur, as an herbal remedy and as an ingredient in soups, salads and meat dishes.

Step 1

Spread harvested hyssop leaves out in a cool, dry place to dry for about six days.

Step 2

Sprinkle a few hyssop leaves over salads, soups, stews, meat dishes or even pies to add a bitter, minty flavor. But don't add to much, the flavor can be overpowering.

Step 3

Plant hyssop next to cabbage to protect it from the cabbage white butterfly. This pest will almost always choose to feed on the hyssop over the cabbage. Hyssop also attracts bees.

Step 4

Steep 2 tablespoons of hyssop leaves in a tea infuser in 2 cups of water to create an herbal tea that can sooth a sore through, alleviate the symptoms of laryngitis and treat inflammation according to the experts at the Health Information Network.

Step 5

Place a few tablespoons of hyssop leaves in a muslin bag and submerge it in boiling water for one minute. Remove the bag from the water and allow it to cool enough to handle. Then apply it to a black eye to reduce the bruising.

Step 6

Add 2 tablespoons of hyssop leaves to 1/2 cup of vinegar and bring the vinegar to a simmer. Simmer for five minutes. Remove the mixture and allow it to cool for a few minutes. Then swish it around your mouth for a few seconds before spitting it out to alleviate the pain of a toothache.

Things You'll Need

  • Tea infuser
  • Pot
  • Water
  • Muslin bag
  • Vinegar

References

  • The Complete Herbal: Spotlight on Hyssop
  • I Can Garden: Companion Gardening
  • The Health Information Network: Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
  • Garden's Ablaze: Medicinal Uses of Hyssop
  • Drugs.com: Hyssop
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Emma Gin is a freelance writer who specializes in green, healthy and smart living. She is currently working on developing a weight-loss website that focuses on community and re-education. Gin is also working on a collection of short stories, because she knows what they say about idle hands.