Step aside, spruces, Christmas cactuses and Poinsettias, and take cinnamon, clementines and cloves with you. There's a new Christmas King in town - with an exotic-sounding name, Biblistic background and thousands of years of experience. Meet Hyssop.
We reckon that in few years, Hyssop is going to stand there together with chia seeds, maca root and goji berries as one of the ultimate superfoods - it literally heals EVERYTHING from inside out. Fighting wrinkles, sagging skin or loose muscles? Get Hyssop. Feeling lost and/or negative? Get Hyssop. Spasms or rheumatism ruining your days? Get Hyssop. Anything wrong with your stomach or getting nauseous? Get Hyssop. Need to detox? Get Hyssop. Got a sore throat or inflammation (which is basically any disease)? Get Hyssop. We could go on.
But what makes Hyssop the ultimate Christmas plant? Even though it smells delicious, it doesn't resemble any of the traditional holiday scents. And a million health benefits obviously isn't a requirement for winning this battle (let's take Christmas flower as an example).
Hyssop is not only a soup herb - it's actually also referred to as the “holy herb”, and is used to clean sacred places. In the Bible even, a branch of Hyssop was offered to Jesus Christ to smell during the last minutes before his death AND was used to purify a person from sin. And after all, the birth of Jesus Christ and Christianity is essentially what Christmas is about - not the delicious Christmas sales and our must-have-in-December red Starbucks cups.
So how about we crown Hyssop to be the ultimate Christmas plant, while adding it to our Christmas dishes (it's not traditional, but amazing to stuff your turkey, chicken or pork with, add to soups or make teas) and remembering about its purifying properties? After all, we're all aiming to start fresh in December and January, and there is no other plant that not only would represent the goal the best, but even help to achieve it.