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Essential oil profile: Hyssop

Though many of our customers are likely to already have some knowledge about the beneficial usage of hyssop essential oil, as it has been a product of ours for some time now, people seem to like these essential oil profiles, so we decided we’d put one another one together! Though visually similar to lavender, hyssop is actually genetically closer to licorice, and differs quite significantly it terms of the usage of its essential oil.


We have been growing and distilling hyssop plants on our property for a number of years now, and have encountered many customers who swear by the oil for the treatment of numerous circumstances. For those of you who are less familiar, here is a compilation of the benefits of hyssop essential oil.

Circulatory/glandular: normalizes and regulates low blood pressure and circulation, helpful during convalescence, aids in treating gout, swollen glands, cardiovascular system disorders and multiple sclerosis.

Digestive/excretory: normalizes digestion, provides relief for constipation, wind, stomach cramps and urinary stones, restores appetite, regulates metabolism, aids in treatment of intestinal parasites, clears spleen and eases cystitis.

Menstrual: fights water retention during menses, aids in treating amenorrhoea, leucorrhoea and ovarian problems during pubescence, as well as stimulating regular flow.

Muscular/skeletal: aids in treating rheumatism, arthritis and contusive trauma, as well as acting as a natural muscle relaxant.

Respiratory: liquefies mucous, helpful in treating bronchial spasms, colds, sore throat, flu, asthma, tightness in chest, tonsillitis and quinsy (an abscess of the throat).

Skin: helps form scars, disperses bruising and stimulates healing, also useful in treating dermatitis, eczema, acne and eyelid infections.

Safety Precautions

Like all other essential oils, hyssop is highly concentrated. However, hyssop deserves special attention in this regard, as the pinocamphone” element present in the hyssop plant is slightly toxic. Therefore, hyssop essential oil should be used incredibly sparingly, and never, ever internally. Hyssop should be avoided altogether on those with high blood pressure, diabetes or epilepsy of any degree. DO NOT use hyssop essential oil on infants or pregnant women. To learn more about the general usage safety precautions of essential oils, have a look at this post on our website.

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