New Aroma Journal entry: Hyssop

Here is the latest entry that I put in my aromatherapy journal. I planted hyssop in my herb garden last summer but unfortunately it didn’t survive the big snow storm we had this winter. The flowers were such a beautiful deep purple color! It is about time to get some new plants.

Aroma Journal: Hyssop

Aroma Journal: Hyssop

Hyssopus officinalis
Family: Lamiaceae
For aromatherapy HO var. decumbens and HO ssp. officinalis are the ones most often used.

It is a perennial shrub native to Southern Europe.
Its scent is herbaceous and vegetative.
The stems and leaves are steam distilled for essential oil.

Warning: Not to be used on children and pregnant women.

Action:
Anti-asthmatic
Anti-inflammatory for the pulmonary system.
Helps regulate fat metabolism
Antidepressant

In the Bible it is mentioned in:
Exodus 12:22
Leviticus 14:4, 6, 49, 51, 52
Numbers 19:6, 18
I Kings 4:33
Psalms 51:7
John 19:29
Hebrews 9:19

It was used in spiritual cleansing rituals. It was believed to help focus the mind for meditation. During the Passover hyssop branches were used to apply lambs blood to the door frame in order to ward off the Death Angel. Which is symbolic, angels are spiritual beings they are not of this world so how can a plant or a drop of blood from this world affect them? It was actually the command of God which caused the angels to pass over the doors with blood on them. God’s word is all powerful. The blood and the hyssop is for the benefit of humans.

The whole situation of the Israelites being slaves in Egypt and their rescue is all symbolic of Gods plan of salvation. We are all slave to sin and it is only by the blood of Jesus Christ that we are safe from eternal death and separation from God.

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About nball252

Hi, my name is Naomi, I am a Christian, certified aromatherapist. I also have an Associate Degree in Bible. I looked for books about aromatherapy from a Christian point of view and didn't find any, so I wrote one, The Aromatherapy Advocate. An introductory book for Christians on aromatherapy. I have one son whom I home schooled. I started using essential oils 10 years ago. I love the fragrances and I love the powerful benefits of using essential oils. I received my certificate about 10 years ago and have been teaching and writing about aromatherapy from a Christian perspective since then.
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