herb: hyssop

The Hebrews called it Ezob. It was a sacred plant and, as such, it is mentioned in the Bible. Hippocrates prescribed it to treat bronchitis and pleurisy. In the Middle Ages, it was much in use in the kitchen to flavour soups, stuffing and roasts. According to one saying, “he who rivals the virtues of hyssop knows too much.” It is used in the preparation of medicinal liquors such as chartreuse. Its odour chases away harmful insects from garden plots.