Hyssop Decumbens Essential Oil

Type of plant: Herbaceous plant growing to 2 feet high with leafy stems and spikes of purplish-blue flowers

Part used: Leaves and flowering tops

Method of extraction: Steam distillation

Data: The essential oil is distilled from fresh plant material in late summer. Hyssop was sacred to the ancient Hebrews, who used it to purify temples, and it’s still used at Passover as one of the “bitter herbs.” Hyssop’s medicinal properties were recognized also by the ancient Greeks, who used it for chest complaints and to increase blood circulation. Also used by the Romans and throughout the Middle Ages in Europe, where it was a common sight in herb gardens.

Principal places of production: France, Spain, Slovenia, Croatia, Brazil, Palestine

When buying look for: A colorless or yellow-tinged, pale-yellow through pale-brown liquid with a fresh, intense, spicy, camphor-like, herbaceous aroma. The type referred to in this book is Hyssop officinalis var. decumbens.

Therapeutic properties: Antibacterial, antiviral, astringent, carminative, cicatrizing, circulatory digestive, diuretic, expectorant, pectoral, spasmolytic

Therapeutic uses: Coughs, colds, influenza, bronchitis, catarrh, asthma, bronchial infection, contusions, bruising, wounds, arthritis, rheumatism, muscular aches and pains, digestive problems

Blends well with: Bergamot, camphor (white), clary sage, eucalyptus radiata, fragonia, frankincense, geranium, immortelle, juniper berry, lavandin, lavender, lemon, mandarin, manuka, marjoram (sweet), myrtle, orange (sweet), palmarosa, ravintsara, rosemary, sage (Greek), tea tree

Precautionary advice: Avoid during pregnancy and while breast-feeding. GRAS status.