Hyssop The Holy Herb and its Uses

Hyssop: The Holy Herb and its Uses.   If you ask any rootworker what the best herb to use for cleansing and uncrossings is, they are likely to say, or at the very least include, Hyssop. This makes sense in light of the Bible’s strong influence on modern conjure, particularly the influence of Catholicism and the use of the Psalms (specifically Psalm 51) in New Orleans conjure work.

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), also known as common hyssop, garden hyssop, Curdukotu, hastipippili, hisopo, yanagi-hakka, Yssop, Hyssop Herb, Isopo, Ysopo, is a Lamiaceae or mint family herb whose flowers and evergreen leaves are used as Mint is a large family of medicinal and culinary herbs. Peppermint, basil, sage, lavender, thyme, oregano, rosemary, and catnip are also popular members of this family. It is native to the northern Mediterranean coast and Asia Minor, but has become established along some highways in the United States. Many believe that the name Hyssop derives from the Hebrew word “Aesob,” which translates as “holy herb,” as well as the Greek word “Hysoppus.”