In the Know
Are you new to medicinally minded herbal teas? No worries! We’re here to help. Though you may be familiar with the regulars, such as Peppermint Tea or Ginger Root Tea, the less common herb hyssop is just as beneficial, in its own way, of course. As old as the bible, translated from Hebrew hyssop actually means: holy herb. Once you get to know this somewhat marginalized herb, you’ll understand why.
What Exactly is Hyssop?
Sun-loving and vibrant, hyssop is a shrub, and a member of the mint family. It is traditionally found in Southern Europe and the Middle East, but now also grows all over North America. You will also find hyssop growing in the dry, crumbly soil of the Mediterranean. Bees love the colorful blooms, and can be seen enjoying the nectar from June through October. Ancient Jewish lore tells of its use in purification rituals.
Hyssop Fun Facts
- Hippocrates, ancient Greece’s revered physician and considered “the father of medicine,” touted hyssop as the perfect solution to treat inflammatory conditions of the throat and chest; hyssop was likely his go-to medicinal to treat all bronchial issues of the day.
- Tea and tinctures were crafted from hyssop in the late 1700s to treat jaundice and dropsy.
What Does Hyssop Tea Taste Like?
Smooth, subtle, and oh-so nurturing … drinking hyssop tea tastes like nature. Imagine you are sitting on a worn, wooden bench, amidst a field of fragrant flowers, as a rising sun takes you to soothing places in your mind. A cup of hot, mellow tea keeps the chill away, as you meander back in time to a simpler era, where long walks, preparing food from your garden, and gatherings with neighbors filled your days with peace, comfort, and feelings of total contentment with the way things are.