Hyssop Essential Oil
Hyssop is a small evergreen bushy herb with a square stem and small pointed leaves with red, white or blue blossoms.
- Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
- Part of Plant Used: Leaves/Flowers
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Variations: Hyssop var decumbens is the most common variation of hyssop, but it also has different chemotypes: ct cineole, ct linalool, and ct pinocamphone, and each have their own safety precautions.
- Chemistry: Hyssop is comprised of monoterpene alcohols (linalool), oxides/ethers (1,8 cineole, caryophyllene oxide), and monoterpenes (limonene, gamma-pinene). It sometimes contains pinocamphene. Hyssop officinalis is high in ketones (pinocamphone, isopinocamphone, thujone)
- Digestive: sSupports digestive ailments
- Immune System: Helps with viral infections. Hyssop ct cineole supports the immune system.
- Musculoskeletal: relieves aches, inflammation, and pains
- Respiratory: Supports the respiratory system, ailments, and inflammation. Hyssop ct cineole supports the respiratory system especially for infections, colds, and the flu.
- Nervous System: calms nervousness and depression
- Skin: helps with wound healing and bruising
- Spiritual: helps to balance the Third Eye Chakra
- Scent Profile: Mid note with a fresh, warm, and spicy aroma
- Longevity: The aroma of Hyssop can last up to 92 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Herbaceous
- Blends well with: Balsam Fir, Black Spruce, Blue Spruce, Eucalyptus globulus, Eucalyptus radiata, Green Myrtle, Lavender, Mountain Savory, Palo santo, Peppermint, Rosemary ct cineole or ct camphor, Saro, Spanish Lavender, Thyme ct linalol or ct. geraniol, ct borneol, ct thymol
- According to Tisserand & Young: Hyssop var decumbens has no known issues
- Hyssop ct cineole use should be avoided (all routes) on children under 10 years old due to 1,8 cineole content which can cause spasms of the glottis due to the cooling effect on the respiratory system. Ingestion of the oil is toxic and can affect the central nervous, gastrointestinal, and respiratory systems.
- Hyssop ct linalool has no known issues
- Hyssop ct pinocampene is potentially neurotoxic and use should be avoided (all routes) during both pregnancy and lactation and with children under the age of 2 due to methyleugenol content. Should not be taken orally.
Products Using Hyssop Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.