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Essential Oil - Hyssop

(Hyssopus officinalis)

tonic, purifying

Hyssop has an ancient reputation and was used to purify sacred places. In aromatherapy it is principally used through inhalation for coughing, and respiratory and digestive complaints. Externally it has a long history of use for rheumatism, healing bruises, sores, and earache. According to the British Pharmacopoeia it is a specific for bronchitis and the common cold. It has further uses for asthma and as a general nerve tonic, to regulate blood pressure, and to induce calm in states of anxiety or hysteria.



Hyssop Essential Oil

Origin: Switzerland Method: Steam Distilled

A colorless to pale yellowy-green liquid with a sweet, camphoraceous topnote and warm spicy-herbaceous undertone. It blends well with lavender, rosemary, myrtle, bay, sage, clary sage, geranium, and citrus oils.

Principal Constituents: These are naturally occuring in the essential oil.

  • pinocamphone
  • isopinocamphone
  • estragole
  • borneol
  • geraniol
  • limonene
  • thujone
  • myrcene
  • caryophyllene
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Astringent, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, cicatrizant, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hypertensive, sedative, sudorific, tonic (heart and circulatory), vermifuge, vulnerary.

Non-irritant, nonsenstizing; the oil is moderately toxic due to the pinocamphone content. To be used only in moderation and avoided during pregnancy and by epileptics. Contra-indicated in cases of high blood pressure.

Primary Therapy Agent:
Bruises, chronic coughs, coughs, sore throat, throat infections.

Secondary Therapy Agent:
Cuts/sores, dermatitis, eczema, irritated and inflamed skin, wounds, asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, tonsillitis, whooping cough, colic, indigestion, flatulence, amenorrhea, leucorrhea, anxiety, nervous exhaustion, fatigue, debility/poor muscle tone, nervous tension, stress-related conditions.

Important Note: The information on is only provided for educational purposes, and further research should be done on each essential oil to be assured of its proper usage for each individual. Aromatherapy is not meant to be a replacement for care under a qualified health professional, but should be considered a complimentary modality.

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