Hyssop is a member of the mint family and is best known for its mentions in the Bible. It is referenced in Scripture as a cleansing herb. It is also a common remedy in traditional folk medicine. It’s worth mentioning that there two herbs referred to as hyssop; Hyssopus officinalis and Origanum maru. Some people believe that the hyssop mentioned in the Bible may be the Origanum maru version, which is also known as Bible hyssop or Syrian oregano. Hyssopus officinalis is what most people refer to as hyssop today. There is a third plant from the Americas called anise hyssop that is unrelated to Hyssopus officinalis.
The origins of hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) lie in North Africa as well as in the Middle East and Mediterranean region. Experts believe that its names come from the Greek and Hebrew words for herbs, which are hyssopus and esob respectively.