Hyssop essential oil is mentioned 12 times in the Scriptures of the Bible- making it a relevant oil for the time period. Distilled from from the stems and leaves of the plant, the chemical makeup of Hyssop gives us insight in how to use it in our everyday lives.
- Ketones 48%- help to detoxify the body, prepare receptor sites for the oils to be absorbed into the body
- Monoterpenes- 30%- Oxygenating capabilities; Strong supporters of the immune system; Promote wellness at the cellular level by recoding the cellular memory- improper coding makes us open to disease and illness.
- Sesquiterpenes- 8% – delete addictions, compulsions from DNA
- Phenols- 4%
Exodus 12:21-22 “Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.”
Moses asked the elders of Israel to sacrifice a lamb and use a branch of hyssop to apply the blood of the lamb to the doorposts of their dwelling. This was the first Passover. The spirit of death was to pass through Egypt that night, killing all the firstborn sons of every household except those marked with the blood of the lamb from the hyssop branch. While it is symbolic to Christians of the blood of the lamb saving the sons of the Israelites has strong significance for Christians… it is also interesting to note that the ancient Hebrews also believed that the scent of hyssop would repel evil spirits.
God’s instructions were to strike the lintel and doorposts, which would have bruised the hyssop leaves and released the scent of its oil.Thus, there fragrance of the hyssop was a part of the ritual to cause the evil spirit of death to pass over the Israelites that night. On this particular eve, it was the angel of death they sought to dissuade from entering their dwellings.
Psalm 51:7 “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
The fragrance of hyssop was considered to be spiritually purifying and an aid in cleansing oneself from sin, immorality, or evil thoughts. In this Psalm, David had committed adultery and murder and seemed to have no conscience about it. As King he had thought himself above the law and the commandments. Then Nathan came and opened his eyes to the gravity of his transgressions. This Psalm was written during David’s grief in his realization of the magnitude of his terrible actions. Scientifically, remember, Hyssop is 48% ketones which cleanse receptor sites. 8% Sesquiterpenes that delete addictions, compulsions, and other ungodly directives from the DNA. Hyssop is also 30% monoterpenes which reprogram DNA. In this instance, it could be assumed to restore God’s image in David.
There is no record of David ever committing these sins again. His repentance was true.
After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
John 19: After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.
Jesus’ death of crucifixion was a death of suffocation. As his beaten body was nailed to the cross, for him to take a breath was extremely hard. His lungs were slowly filling up with fluid. Possibly the women that were allowed around at this time offered the aromatic scent of hyssop near Jesus to help his breathing. I believe that Jesus refused the wine with myrrh previously before being crucified and then the sour wine on a hyssop branch because of his role as a lamb slain for the sins of the world, his suffering for humankind was not to be lessened by any man-given relief.
Today we find many modenr uses for Hyssop in our homes and lives to welcome wellness.
Modern uses: Diffuse for an emotionally balancing atmosphere; support respiratory system through diffusing or applying topically; Apply a drop to the big toe- a reflex point for emotions- to release negativity
Hyssop is also found in some of my favorite every day blends- White Angelica, Harmony, Exodus 2, Relieve It, ImmuPower, and Awaken
I hope that you find Hyssop to be enjoyable in your home as you find a connection to the plants used in Bible times.
Danielle Guess from Ringgold, GA