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Re: [SCA-Herbalist] hyssop abundance

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  • Jenne Heise
    ... Um. Are you sure you re not thinking of rue? Rue, the herb o grace o sundays, supposedly was used as a holy water sprinkler (but that theory is now
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      > Sprinkling holy water?  Gwen verch Rhys<br>

      Um. Are you sure you're not thinking of rue? Rue, the
      herb'o'grace'o'sundays, supposedly was used as a holy water sprinkler (but
      that theory is now considered apocryphal). Hyssop (which is a perennial)
      figures in the New Testament story, in that supposedly a sponge was soaked
      with vinegar and provided on a branch of hyssop to a certain crucified
      person (biblical scholars no longer believe the hyssop in question was our
      hyssop, though).

      Gernot Katzer's spice pages suggest:
      "This attractive garden plant with its dark blue flowers has only small
      value as a spice, because the aroma is weak (and reduced to nil after
      drying) and the taste rather bitter. It can, however, be used for robust,
      rustic dishes like potato or bean soup, and it goes well with fat meat;
      others suggest it to spice up calf and chicken, where it may be an
      interesting alternative to sage, whom hyssop resembles in its slight
      bitterness, but not in fragrance. Sometimes, hyssop is added to bouquet
      garni (see parsley)."

      Hyssop also makes great hedge/knotwork.

      Mrs. Grieve's Modern Herbal says:

      " Hyssop is cultivated for the use of its flower-tops, which are steeped
      in water to make an infusion, which is sometimes employed as an
      expectorant. There are three varieties, known respectively by their blue,
      red and white flowers, which are in bloom from June to October, and are
      sometimes employed as edging plants. Grown with catmint, it makes a lovely
      border, backed with Lavender and Rosemary. As a kitchen herb, it is mostly
      used for broths and decoctions, occasionally for salad. For medicinal use
      the flower-tops should be cut in August... It is usually given as a warm
      infusion, taken frequently and mixed with Horehound. Hyssop Tea is also a
      grateful drink, well adapted to improve the tone of a feeble stomach,
      being brewed with the green tops of the herb, which are sometimes boiled
      in soup to be given for asthma. In America, an infusion of the leaves is
      used externally for the relief of muscular rheumatism, and also for
      bruises and discoloured contusions, and the green herb, bruised and
      applied, will heal cuts promptly. "

      I like the part about 'A grateful drink'...:)

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      Jadwiga Zajaczkowa, mka Jennifer Heise jenne@...
      disclaimer: i speak for no-one and no-one speaks for me.
      "Personal's not the same as important." Captain Carrot in Terry Pratchett
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