Herbs forum: Hyssop - a good all around herb

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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jan 31, 2016 8:35 PM CST
This is one of my earliest herbs that I actually started using. When my boys were young and got scraped up, we'd crush some leaves and use them as an on the spot poultice. That was back when they believed Mom could solve any problem - I also used to have them to rub dirt on nettle stings which they now laugh at (but agree it actually did work). It can be used in tea mixtures for indigestion or other intestinal problem. I find it listed as a culinary herb in some of my books, but I find it quite bitter and couldn't imagine using it other than very sparingly. It's a bee magnet, and a pretty plant. Lots of variety, my favorite is anise hyssop.

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HoosierHarvester
Feb 3, 2016 8:02 AM CST
My I have grown true hyssop, which is Hyssop officinalis, it has always been extremely short lived, and after I saw your post, I wished I had really compared it to the fragrance of Agastache (which many in that line are called Anise Hyssop among other common names). I guess it must have that licorice type scent, which I now cannot even remember.

But what really interested me most, was what you said about stinging nettle. The old timers had a lot of remedies, and its sad that we've lost a lot of them perhaps. My mom tells me that there is another weed that usually always grows right in the vacinity of nettle, which if rubbed on the skin where the nettle came in contact, will take away the stinging. But she does not know the other weed, which was way back in her childhood. There is a landfill type place where I go that I have gotten stung by stinging nettle, although I pretty much avoid it now. But I will have to remember and try dirt if it should future happen.
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
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Bonehead
Feb 3, 2016 12:27 PM CST
Hoosier, the nettle companion may have been dock, that does seem to grow near nettle and I think it will ease the sting. Also the back side of sword ferns.

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