22 November 2008

Botanical Name
Hyssopus officinalis

Origin
Mediterranean area

Color
Clear, colourless to a pale yellowish green

Consistency/Viscosity
Thin

Perfumery Note
Middle-Top

Aroma
Fresh, earthy, fruity, woody, slightly sweet

Strength of Initial Aroma
Medium

Extraction Method
The oil is extracted from the leaves and the flowering tops using steam distillation

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Pinocamphone, Pinene, Borneol, Geraniol, Thujone, Camphene, Limonene, Phellandrene, sabinene, myrcene, isopinocamphene, y-terpineol, 1,8-cineole and thujone

Therapeutic Properties
Anti-rheumatic, astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cicatrisant, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hypertensive, nervine, sudorific, stimulant, tonic, vermifuge and vulnerary

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • Hyssop oil gives a feeling of alertness and helps with anxiety and fatigue and is therefore useful during convalescence as a tonic
  • It is also effective in cases of respiratory problems and viral infections, such as colds, coughs, sore throats, influenza, bronchitis, asthma, catarrh and tonsillitis
  • It helps with colic, flatulence and indigestion, while it helps to regulate circulation
  • It is helpful in raising low blood pressure
  • Hyssop oil helps to balance the water retention problem during monthly periods
  • This oil benefits the menstrual cycle and helps with amenorrhea and leucorrhoea
  • It has good healing properties and helps with bruises as well
  • It is one of the oils recommended for treatment of herpes simplex, and can work effectively for many other viral infections
  • It may be used from a nebulizing diffuser, or on the accupressure/reflexology points of the feet associated with the illness
Precaution
  • Moderately toxic and neurotoxic (toxic to the nervous system). Avoid in epilepsy, fever, pregnancy and children
  • Avoid in hypertension and pregnancy
  • Note that other types of Hyssop (other than this decumbens type) may contain toxic ketones, and should not be used in aromatherapeutic applications
  • Always test a small amount or essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician
Blend With
Angelica, clary sage, geranium, orange, tangerine, melissa and rosemary

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