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2. Hyssop in Ancient Egypt

A plant that is mentioned in several passages of the Holy Writ, which is unclear today. Exodus 12:22 shows Moses’ position in Egypt as an authority for Israel’s elders required him to take hyssop and sprinkle the blood of a sacrament lamb on the doorframe, and the side doors of their homes with it. In the wild hyssop, the mighty lawgiver of Israel sprinkled the Hebrews with Hyssop, dipped into the blood of the offerings, through the scoring of the ancient covenants between Yahweh and His people, which can be read in the Torah beginning at Exodus 24:8, and concluding in Hebrews 9:19. The hyssop references found in the mosaic rite clearly show that this was a growing plant in the Sinai peninsula and Chanaan and that the Hebrews used it. 

“Therefore the blood of the bird given for sacrifice must be sprayed with hyssop for the cleansing of a man or a house afflicted by a leper “ (Leviticus 14:4-7, 49-51) Hyssop was used as a dry herb that was burned in the preparation of the water purification ( Herbal Baths ) and also prepared in water & oil as a sprinkling instrument (Numbers 19:6). Using the power of herbs and the soothing of warm water, you can absorb 40-60% more supportive plant constituents through the largest organ in your body: your skin. Making it by far the most effective method of administering herbal blends.

It is not strange therefore that this manifold and intimate relation of hyssop with the specific cleansing of the Ancient Law prompted the Psalmist (Psalm 51:9) to recognize the hyssop sprinkling as metaphor indicative of the full washing of the heart, a belief which the Catholic Church embraced during the Asperge rite, the ceremonial offering of the Holy Mass starts typically. Neither is it shocking that this same link between hyssop and numerous purifications of the Mosaic Law has proposed for many writers that the plant must be associated with the Hyssopus officinalis, or common hyssop

However generally acknowledged in the past, the fact that the Hyssopus officinalis seems to have been unknown in ancient Syria and Egypt is still usually refused such recognition amongst others. The plant that is currently regarded as the Mosaic rite’s hyssop is the Origanum Maru

It belongs to the family of labiatæ, as does the Hyssopus officinalis, has aromatic and detergent characteristics and can be easily converted for sprinkling. 

Some of the specific claims to be considered as the hyssop used in the ancient world. Firstly, all non-herbalist of the ancient tradition points to the Origanum, not the Hyssopus officinalis, when referring to the Scriptures. Next, the Egyptian name, supho, is linked to the Hebrew equivalent and the Aramaic zufo. Finally, in Palestine and Syria, the Origanum maru is growing on the walls of all the terraces.

Hyssopus officinalis

The plant has been used in herbal medicine for the treatment of sore throats, colds, hoarseness, and as an expectorant. Herbalists & Science has concluded that hyssop has beneficial effects for asthma, urinary tract inflammation, and appetite stimulation. Its effectiveness in relieving gas and colic also are listed under its medicinal uses. None of these uses have been studied clinically.

Although an extract of the leaves has been suggested for the treatment of wounds, there does not appear to be strong evidence for its effectiveness as an antibacterial.

Still used today by herbalists for its beneficial effects, hyssop’s volatile oil represents the most important fraction of this plant. It may have some small beneficial effect in the treatment of sore throats and as an expectorant. However, clinical studies are lacking for any medicinal use of hyssop.

The ancient use of this plant as an insecticide, insect repellent, and pediculicide (lice eradicator). Extracts of the plant have been used as a fragrance in soaps and perfumes, and to flavor liqueurs, sauces, puddings, and candies.

WARNING! Do not take if you are pregnant. Hyssop has emmenagogue (to stimulate menstrual flow) Origanumand abortive effects.


Oregano is commonly combined with olive oil to create flavorful oregano oil, Italian vinaigrette, and marinades for lamb, chicken, and beef dishes. Other ingredients that pair well with oregano include garlic, basil, onion, and thyme.

Aside from its food uses, oregano has antibiotic and antioxidant qualities and has possible activity against cramps and in diabetes.

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