Botanical Name: Hyssopus officinalis
Part Used: Leaves and flowering tops
Process: Steam Distillation
Plant Description: Native to the southern parts of France, Italy, and the Republic of Yugoslavia; it is cultivated in Bulgaria, Hungary, Germany, Spain and France, and now grows wild throughout Europe, North America and Russia. Hyssop is a perennial bushy shrub that grows 10-25 inches high with hairy stems, slender leaves and very fragrant purple, blue, pink or white flowers. The plant material is harvested for distillation just prior to flowering.
Oil Description: Pale yellow or yellow-green to colorless liquid with a penetrating sweet camphoraceous top note and spicy warm undertones.
Historical/Traditional Uses: From Old Testament times, Hyssop has been known as a sacred herb for its use in cleansing and clearing the temples of negative energy. It was used by the Romans as protection against the plague and to disinfect sick rooms. Leprosy and cancerous growths were treated with Hyssop. It was planted at Benedictine monasteries in medieval times where it found its way into liqueurs such as Chartreuse and into foods for its flavor. Hyssop was recommended in the herbals of the Middle Ages for its powerful expectorant action, its effectiveness as a strewing herb, and for deterring fleas and lice.
Applications (Uses and Indications): In aromatherapy, Hyssop is indicated as a strong anti-inflammatory for the lungs and assists in loosening lung congestion; it is useful as a mild diuretic, as a digestive stimulant, and as an aid to calm the nerves. It is effective in strengthening the immune system and to help heal injuries of the skin. In perfumery, Hyssop is considered a middle to top note and blends well with angelica, citrus oils, clary sage, geranium, lavender, melissa, myrtle, rosemary, and sage.
Contraindications (Safety and Precautions): Hyssop (H. officinalis) essential oil is non-sensitizing and non-irritating, but has a high ketone content and should be used in moderation. Not to be used on children, during pregnancy or by those with high blood pressure or a history of epilepsy or seizure disorders.
Standard Safety Precautions: Always dilute essential oils before using. Keep essential oils out of the eyes and mucous membranes; in case of contact, DO NOT use water, instead place a drop or two of vegetable oil on a tissue to gently wipe out of eye or off area of contact. In severe cases, seek professional help immediately. Keep out of the reach of children. In case of ingestion, call 911 immediately.
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