Essential Oil of the Month – Hyssop

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Latin Name: Hyssopus Officinalis                Family: Labiatae (Lamiaceae)

Growing up to 60 centimetres tall, this attractive perennial herb has small leaves and violet-blue flowers. A native to the Mediterranean region, Hyssop now grows wild throughout America, Russia and Europe, most commonly cultivated in Hungary and France.

The oil, which is a middle keynote, is extracted from the leaves and flowering tops by steam distillation. Hyssop oil has a sweet woody, camphoraceous scent with spicy undertones. This potent essential oil must be used with great caution as its high keytone content makes it moderately toxic.

Hyssop is one of the most commonly used oils to alleviate bruising. It is a tonic for the circulatory system so helps reduce pain and swelling caused by rheumatism. For the mind, Hyssop can help relieve nervous tension and anxiety.

Key Constituents:

Pinocamphone, Isopinocamphone, Estragole, Borneol, Geraniol, Limonene, Thujone, Myrcene, Caryophyllene.

Main therapeutic properties:

Anti-septic, anti-spasmodic, astringent, cephalic, cicatrisant, emmenagogue, hypertensive, nervine, tonic – circulation & respiratory.

Secondary properties:

Antiviral, bactericidal, carminative, digestive, diuretic, febrifuge, hypertensive, sedative, soporific, vermifuge.

Main therapeutic use:

Anxiety, asthma, bronchitis, bruises, catarrh, coughs, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, fatigue, frozen shoulder, high blood pressure, nervous tension, rheumatism, scar tissue, sore throat, stress related conditions, tonsillitis, whooping cough, wounds.

Secondary therapeutic use:

Amenorrhoea, colds, colic, dyspepsia, fevers, flatulence, flu, indigestion, intestinal worms, leucorrhoea, low blood pressure, scanty periods.

Blends with:

Herb oils, Citrus oils, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Myrtle, Rose, Sage.

Safety data:

Non –irritant, non-sensitising. This oil should only be used in moderation by experienced Aromatherapists due to its borderline toxicity. Avoid use during pregnancy. Not to be used on people with epilepsy or young children.

Other Information:

Hyssop was used in ancient times to purify sacred places. Traditionally, it has been used as a heat tonic for tuberculosis and as a folk remedy for lung disease. Hyssop is used as a fragrance in soaps, cosmetics and perfumes. It is also a flavouring in some food products and alcoholic drinks.

Hyssop Blend Suggestions…

For helping to calm a persistent cough or break down phlegm – vapourise 1 drop of Hyssop oil with 2 drops of Myrrh and inhale (Note: Hyssop must not be over used)

Compress a fresh bruise with 1 drop of Hyssop and cold water to help ease swelling and reduce the bruise.

Use a hot compress and a drop of Hyssop on joints to ease rheumatic pain.

To help calm nerves and ease nervous tension blend 2 drops of Hyssop with 3 drops of Lemon and disperse in a vapouriser.

Disclaimer: The information provided on our blog is for personal information and educational interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice, diagnosis or cure for any medical condition or disorder. If you have any health concerns we would strongly advise you your consult your GP or health care professional. If you want to receive aromatherapy treatment we would advise making an appointment with a fully qualified aromatherapist who will conduct a full consultation of your health history and provide you with a tailored treatment programme. If pregnant or taking medication it is recommended to seek professional medical advice before using aromatherapy. The information we provide is on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. Purple Flame aromatherapy accepts no liability for the misuse of essential oils and other products or for reliance on the information we provide.Disclaimer: The information provided on our blog is for personal information and educational interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice, diagnosis or cure for any medical condition or disorder. If you have any health concerns we would strongly advise you your consult your GP or health care professional. If you want to receive aromatherapy treatment we would advise making an appointment with a fully qualified aromatherapist who will conduct a full consultation of your health history and provide you with a tailored treatment programme. If pregnant or taking medication it is recommended to seek professional medical advice before using aromatherapy. The information we provide is on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. Purple Flame aromatherapy accepts no liability for the misuse of essential oils and other products or for reliance on the information we provide.