CAS Number: 8006-83-5; 84603-66-7
FEMA Number: 2591
EINECS Number: 283-266-2
Paras Code: PEO1088
The decorative and long lasting herb is an attractive one to grow. Native to southern Europe, the near East andrnSouthern Russia, it is a garden escape in the United States. It has a slightly bitter flavour with over tones of mint and was so widely known in ancient times Discorides wrote that it needed no description.
Hyssop was used in all the Mediterranean countries in pre Christian time and is mentioned in the bible. In thisrnherball, Gerard records that he grew all kinds in his garden; while Culpeper recommended it, boiled with figs as an excellent gargle. In self help medicine, a tisane of fresh or dried hyssop leave was taken as a cure for rheumatism.
The plant grows to 60 cm tall with a spread of around half that. The leaves are about 2.5 cm long, pointed oval and dark green. The flowers which bloom from mid-summer to mid-autumn are mauvish blue, 6 mm long and carried in long narrow spikes. The stems, flowers and leaves all give off a strong aroma.
Fresh, warm, sweet-camphorceous odour.
Pale yellow to brown colored liquid.