Hyssop Oil

Hyssop oil...It's one of the bitter herbs mentioned in the Old Testament, employed to purify the temples. Romans used hyssop to protect themselves against the plague, and to disinfect the houses of the sick.

Church of St. Meri Dating from the 14th Century in the Fortress, Berat, Albania
Church of St. Meri Dating from the 14th Century in the Fortress, Berat, Albania

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Botanical Name - Hyssopus officinalis

Common Method Of Extraction - Steam distilled

Parts Used - Flowering plant

Note Classification - Middle

Aroma - Sweet, camphoraceous top note and warm spicy-herbaceous undertones

Largest Producing Countries - Hungary, France, and Albania

Traditional Use - Hyssop oil is used as a fragrance component in soaps, cosmetics and perfumes, especially eau-de-cologne and oriental bases. This oil is used to flavor the liqueur chartreuse.

Properties - Antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, cephalic, cicatrizant, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hypertensive, nervine, sedative, sudorific, tonic (heart and circulation), vermifuge, and vulnerary

Benefits - Amenorrhea, anxiety, asthma, bronchitis, bruises, catarrh, colds, colic, cough, cuts, dermatitis, dyspepsia, eczema, fatigue, fevers, flatulence, flu, genito-urinary system, hay fever, hypertension, hypotension, hysteria, indigestion, inflammation, influenza, leucorrhea, loss of appetite, low or high blood pressure, nervous tension, otitis, parasites, quinsy, rheumatism, scrofula, sore throat, stones (urinary), stress related conditions, tonsillitis, tuberculosis, whooping cough, and wounds.

Blends Well With - Bay, clary sage, geranium, lavender, myrtle, rosemary, sage, and citrus oils.

Safety Data - Hyssop oil is generally non-irritating and non-sensitizing. However, due to the pinocamphone content of this oil it’s moderately toxic and has caused a few reactions in some people. Therefore, use it with caution. This oil should be used only in moderation. Avoid this oil in pregnancy and if you are epileptic. Don’t use this oil if you have high blood pressure. Girls Knitting in Albania Photograph - Albania
Girls Knitting in Albania Photograph - Albania

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