Hyssop : Hyssopus Officinalis

A semi evergreen perennial that is a member of the mint family. Grows 60-90cm/2-3ft tall and is relatively behaved if you prune it back in Spring. This bushy shrub has woody stems, small, dark leafs and clusters of deep blue flowers that bloom from summer to late autumn. The aroma is clean, minty with a hint of turpentine which attracts bees in droves and repels the cabbage moth. Historically hyssop was used in sacred rituals, religious cleansing, in perfumery and commonly in culinary delights.

Infusions of hyssop are great for the treatment of cough, colds and upper respiratory infections. It will loosen phlegm, ease sore throats and soothe mucous membranes. Since hyssop is high in tannin, it is also an effective astringent. The tea or leaves can be added to a warm bath to provide soothing to the body that induces perspiration. The cooled tea may also be used as a splash on the face to relieve oily or acne prone skin.