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Hyssop Essential Oil


Hyssop derived its name from a Greek word that translates to good smelling herb. It has a pleasant aroma that has long been used for its medicinal purposes. It became very popular in the Middle Ages for its therapeutic properties.

Name of Oil:  Hyssop

Latin Binomial:  Hyssopus officinalis

Extraction Method:  Steam

Countries of Origin:  France

Scent Profile:  Camphorous, slightly sweet, earthy, fruity, woody

Parts used in distillation:  Leaves, flowers, buds

Oil Characteristics: Clear to pale yellow, thin, medium aroma

Cultivation:  Conventional Farming


Used in aromatherapy for the symptomatic relief of:

Respiratory concerns, colds, bruising, wounds, arthritis, muscular aches, digestive concerns, hypotension, appetite stimulant and herpes.

Used in aromatherapy to help ease emotional symptoms of:

Invigorates the mind, mental fatigue, mental debility and concentration.


Mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible as one of the bitter herbs, used by Hippocrates

Chemical Constituents

a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, limonene, pinocamphene,isopinocamphene, a-terpineol, 1,8 cineol, b thujone

Safety & References


Avoid in pregnancy, breast-feeding, and children under age 2.

Books Cited:

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, 2nd Edition – Salvatore Battaglia

Essential Oil Safety , 2nd Edition – Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young

Aromatherapy – Jennifer Peace Rhind

The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy – Valerie Wormwood

Aromatherapeutic Blending – Jennifer Peace Rhind

The Fragrant Mind – Valerie Wormwood

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