Hyssop

 

Is sometimes called the Lavender of Norrland  because it has a similar growth habit but is hardy farther up the country than lavender. A beautiful plant that is almost as useful as lavender. They used hyssop to cleanse the temple and to purify the hospital for lepers in ancient Greece. Is planted with cabbages to confuse the Cabbage Butterfly. It is used as expectorant and against bruises and wounds. Is also said to help whit arthritis. However, one should avoid it if you are pregnant or have epilepsy.

Recipes and home remedies

Hyssoptea

Add 2 teaspoons of dried hyssop in a tea strainer and place in a cup. Pour in boiling water and letstand for 5 min. Season possibly with a little honey. Is expectorant and can help with asthma symptoms. Also good for indigestion and flatulence.

Hyssop warmwrapping

Take about 2 cups fresh or dried and soaked hyssop leafs. Boil together with a few tablespoons of water into a porridge. Let cool slightly and put it in a towel that folds into a “cushion”. The cushion is placed on the affected area. Helps against bruises, wounds and rheumatism.
Hyssop steam

Take a large bowl or pot. Pour about 2 tbsp dried hyssop and about 2 cups of boiling water in to the bowl. Let stand for 5-10 minutes. Then pour in plenty of boiling water. Lean over the bowl with a towel over your head that keeps the steam in. Breathe in as much steam as you can. Can help treat asthma, tightchest and coughing.

Hyssop in magic

Mainly is used for cleansing in magic. Drip a few drops of essential oil of hyssop in to bath water for a purifying bath. Use the tea recipe above, but let the tea cool and then use water to cleansing the home or object. Burn dried hyssop to cleanse the home and the air.

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Published in: on August 4, 2011 at 18:07  Leave a Comment  
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A day to breath

Today the weather was beautiful and the day invited to take a break and just enjoy oneself. Sometimes you have to listen to that inner voice so I took a day in the garden and just had fun. I took the opportunity to measure the spot where I want my herb garden. It ended up a little bit larger than I had thought initially, but when you’re doing something you might as well do it properly, that’s my philosophy. When everything was measured, I sat in the shade with a glass of homemade lemonade and looked through my books and made a list of the herbs I want. When I had the steam gong, I brought paper, pencil and ruler out and made a sketch. The result:

 

I would like it to be surrounded by willow fence, and the path should be done whit gravel. It’s the plan anyway. The idea is that this will be my long term project in the garden that will last for a few years before I have managed at all. To get some perspective on the picture, I can say that path will be 1 meter wide and the flowerbeds 1.5 meters.

Published in: on July 31, 2011 at 18:21  Leave a Comment  
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