Hyssopus officinalis

Isopo, Yssop, Azob, Ezov, Niu xi cao (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Jufa (Ayurvedic)

Native to

Southern Europe, Caspian Sea, through the Middle East

A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake and to ensure we recognize any appropriation that we may make in our use of a plant, we include it's nativity.

Parts Used:

  • Flower

  • Leaf

  • Stem

All parts of the plant should be harvested as the flowers are opening. This, like rosemary, lavender, and so many others; gets woody.

  • Antibacterial: Stops or slows the spread of bacteria

  • Anti-Inflammatory: Reduces inflammation/swelling

  • Antispasmodic: Relieves involuntary movements such as ticks and siezures 

  • (Note: many antispasmodics have the opposite effect depending on your neurology, consult your doctor).

  • Antiviral: Stops or slows the spread of a virus

  • Diaphoretic: Makes you sweat

  • Expectorant: Promotes the secretion of the gunk in your respiritory system, typically used to treat coughs

  • Vulnerary: Helps to heal wounds

Divinities & Mythos

  • Jupiter (Roman)

  • Abrahamic God (mentioned in the Torah and New Testament)

Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet(s): Jupiter

  • Element(s): Fire

  • Gender: Masculine

Warning: Pregnancy and Epilepsy

Do not take if you are pregnant or prone to seizures.

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Magical Properties

  • Cleansing

  • Healing

  • Positivity

  • Protection

  • Purification

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere 
with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?