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1. A woody Eurasian plant (Hyssopus officinalis) in the mint family, having spikes of small blue or violet flowers and aromatic leaves used in perfumery, as a condiment, and formerly in medicine.
2. Any of several similar or related plants, such as some species in the genus Agastache.
3. An unidentified plant mentioned in the Bible as the source of twigs used for sprinkling in certain Hebraic purification rites.
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A perennial herb that contains flavonoids, hyssopin (a glycoside), insolic acid, resin, tannins and volatile oils (including camphene, pinenes, terpinene and others). First used by Hippocrates and Galen, hyssop is administered internally for upper respiratory tract infections, coughs and sore throat, and topically for cuts, bruises and rheumatic pain.
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