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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

HISOPO WITH HYSSOP SYRUP TO IMPROVE HEALTH


Aug 15 - Bee and Anise-Hyssop
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OCast ysopos, Gr. hyssopos, L. Hyssopus officinalis, Heb. ezob (sacred plant), Fr. hysope, MEng. isope, isoppe, Eng hyssop. It is from the Labiate (mint) family. Originally, it is from Asia Minor and the Mediterranean and found in dry stony areas. Hairs and oil-bearing glands cover sessile or decussate leaves. The violet-blue flowers are favorites of bees that use them frequently for their long flowering season. Honey made from the nectar has a delicious aroma.

Just before blooming, leaves and terminal shoots are harvested and then dried in the shade. The leaves are used in moderation due to their aromatic, bitter penetrating flavor in salads, meats, sauces, soups and custards. The Anon Al-Andalus provides a recipe for hyssop syrup to reduce fever, to strengthen the stomach, to augment the appetite, to prevent jaundice near the liver and to reduce certain types of dropsy.
[Anon/Anderson. 1962:13:28:29 etc; Anón/Huici.1966: 505:275-276; Font. Plantas. 1999:492:694]

Making the Syrup
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HYSSOP SYRUP ADAPTED FROM ANÓN/HUICI AL-ANDALUS #505 JARABE DE "HISOPO," pp 275-276 

Ingredients

1 oz hyssop
2 oz fennel
2 oz anise
2 oz grapes
1 oz melon seeds
1 oz cucumber
1 handful of figs
2 handfuls lavender
2 handfuls cilantro
2 oz skins from fennel stalks
2 oz skins from celery stalks
2 lbs sugar

Preparation

Cover all the ingredients, except the sugar, with water. Cover the pot and gently boil until the ingredients are soft. Add the sugar. Cook until it becomes a syrup.
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Drink 1 ½ oz. diluted in 3 oz. hot water on an empty stomach.

It relieves wet coughs, reduces brain shrinkage or damage, dissolves phlegm in other parts of the body and increase urine and menstrual flow

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with two ounces of hot water. Its benefits are in the various types of dropsy; it fortifies the stomach and prevents jaundice caused by a closed the liver, it augments the appetite, reduces fever, and is not harmful to those suffering from colds.
ANÓN AL ANDALUS #505 JARABE DE "HISOPO," pp 275-276
AMBROSIO HUICI'S TRANSLATION



PERRY’S TRANSLATION INTO ENGLISH OF
ANON AL-ANDALUS SYRUP OF HYSSOP
 ûqiya of hyssop and two of fennel and anise, and an ûqiya each of jujubes, watermelon seeds and cucumber seeds, and a handful of cleaned figs, two handfuls each of lavender and cilantro of the spring, and two ûqiyas each of the skin of fennel stalk and the skin of celery stalk. Cook all this in water to cover until its substance comes out; then take the clean part of it and add it to two ratls of sugar, and cook all this until it takes the consistency of syrup. Drink an ûqiya and a half of this in three of hot water when fasting. It benefits in moist coughs and stops abscesses of the brain; it dissolves phlegm from the other parts of the body and causes urine and menstrual fluid to flow, it fortifies the stomach, and it is admirable.

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[215]"prevents matter from coming down from the brain."(CP)

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