|Latin name||Hyssopus officinalis|
|Extraction||Distillation of the flowering tops|
|Origin||Mediterranean, Asia, cultivated in Europe- mainly France|
|Plant characteristics||A perennial herb about 60cms high with purple-blue flowers. The flowering tops of the plant are used to produce the essential oil.|
|Oil characteristics||A pale yellow-green oil with a sweet camphoraceous aroma and subtle warm, herbaceous undertones.|
|Traditional use||Hyssop has an ancient reputation for use in purification for sacred places and sacred people, and was offered to Jesus on the cross with a sponge of vinegar. It was also used to regulate blood pressure, ease bronchitis and calm anxiety states.
Hyssop oil is a powerful oil, can help relieve respiratory problems, digestive disorders and is a good tonic for the immune system.
|Blends well with||Lavender, rosemary, sage and geranium essential oils|
|Cautions and comments||Not normally used on babies, children and the elderly, or on pregnant women. Hyssop has different proportions of chemicals depending on the time of harvest. Traditional harvest will produce an oil high in pinocamhone, whereas if the plant is harvested later in the season, the pinocamphone levels drop dramatically. This latter is the safer oil to use, particularly if a client has slightly high blood pressure.|
|Main chemical constituents||Ketones <55%, monoterpenes 25%|
How to use?
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.