Symbols {206} ~ Hyssop

A hyssop symbol is a plant with small flowers organized in a large elongated cluster. It has many symbolic meanings from Biblical to other ancient times.

The hyssop is symbolic of cleansing in the Bible. Hyssop was used to purity lepers and spread the Passover lamb’s blood. The reed offered to Christ when he was on the cross was a hyssop reed. This offering made the hyssop a symbol of sacrifice.

Hyssop had been used medicinally throughout the world. European herbalism, Chinese medicine, and Ayurvedic medicine for help with the flu and colds. Ancient Romans used hyssop to ward off the plague. American Indians and Celts used a tincture of hyssop to treat wounds.

While the typical hyssop flower is blue or pink, there are also white hyssop flowers. These symbolize cleanliness, purity, and innocence. Blue hyssop flowers symbolize support, peace, and inspiration. The pink flowers of the hyssop symbolize trust, and purple symbolizes royalty and elegance.

In Ancient Egypt, hyssops were used to purity food that the priests consumed during their ceremonies. Hyssops symbolized purity. Hyssop has also been used to ward off evil spirits in more modern times. It is a symbol of protection.

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