Botanical name: Hyssopus officinalis.
Method of extraction: steam distillation.
Plant part: leaves and flowers.
Scent: fresh, earthy, fruity, woody, slightly sweet and camphorous.
Perfumery note: middle note.
Blends well with: citrus oils, geranium, lavender, rosemary, sage.
Ingredient (INCI): Hyssopus officinalis (Hyssop) Essential Oil.
Health & Wellness
In diffusion, in massages or in baths:
- Hyssop oil can help with anxiety and mental fatigue
- Hyssop is a well-known expectorant and when blended with Eucalyptus globulus, Ravintsara and Niaouli essential oils, it makes an effective blend for respiratory issues such as colds, coughs, bronchitis and asthma
- Hyssop helps with digestive problems.
As a cold compress or in creams or oils, Hyssop help the skin to heal and disperse bruising.
Hot compresses are helpful for rheumatism.
Non-irritant, non sensitizing. Moderately toxic: avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding and with children under the age of 2. In oil blends, maximum 1 drop per 20ml.
|Product type||Essential oils|
|Country of origin||USA|
This shrub decorates the Mediterranean area, is about 60 cm (2 feet) high and is very attractive to bees. The name Hyssopus was used by Hippocrates and was derived from the Hebrew word 'ezob' which means 'holy herb'. It is mentioned in the Old Testament, where the herb was used for purification, yet the reference could also possibly refer to Origanum syriacum.
It has a woody, hairy stem, small lance-shaped green leaves and purple-blue flowers and was well known in ancient times, and was referred to in the Bible for its cleansing effect in connection with plague, leprosy and chest ailments.
It was also used for purifying sacred places and as a strewing herb in the Middle Ages, to ward off lice, while the Benedictine monks introduced it to Europe in the 10th century as an ingredient for liqueurs.