Hyssop is a rather expensive essential oil. It is effective in treating female disorders as one of the oldest herbs used by man. It is used for colds, sinus and respiratory problems. It is a balancer and regulator of high blood pressure. It has expectorant qualities and can be helpful in heavy catarrhal conditions. It is a carminative herb and is an ingredient of Chartreuse liquor.
Origin of Hyssop
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`.
Properties of Hyssop oil
Hyssop has a pungent bitter taste with heating and drying effects.
The therapeutic properties of hyssop oil are anti-rheumatic, astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cicatrisant, digestive, diuretic, Emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hypertensive, nervine, sudorific, stimulant, tonic, vermifuge and vulnerary
Most common Uses
· Hyssop oil gives a feeling of alertness and helps with anxiety and fatigue.
· 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 and is helpful when used to raise low blood pressure.
· This oil benefits the menstrual cycle.
· It has good healing properties and helps with bruises as well.
Mixes well with: eucalyptus, myrtle, lavender, citrus, rosemary, sage, camphor, juniper, cajuput, laurel (bay), clary sage and geranium.
Warning: lt is non-irritant and non-sensitizing, but does contain pinocamphone and should therefore be used in moderation. It should be avoided during pregnancy and by people suffering from epilepsy.