Hyssop is a dainty blue evergreen perennial plant that is indigenous to the Mediterranean region. It traditionally grew on old stone walls, rocky landscapes, and hillsides, although it has adapted well to cultivated herb gardens and containers.
Since ancient times hyssop has enjoyed medical repute, in addition to use to purify sacred spaces. Hyssop is also a common herb used in culinary dishes. Its use as an essential oil is of value, although it does carry a few cautions.
Hyssop essential oil has an aroma that is a mix of camphor, spice, and herbs, and it is generally considered to be a warming oil. It blends well with its Lamiaceae plant family cousins – such as lavender, rosemary, and sage.
Common English Name: Hyssop.
Botanical Name: Hyssopus officinalis.
Plant Family: Lamiaceae.
Method of Extraction: Steam distillation of the leaves and flowers.
Origin: Indigenous to the Mediterranean region and parts of Asia. It has adapted to other countries such as the United States.
Plant Description: A small, evergreen perennial plant with purple-blue flowers and lance-shaped leaves.
Main Chemical Components: CT. linaool: Linalool (alcohol) and 1,8 cineole (oxide); CT. pinocamphone: Pinocamphone and isopinocamphone (ketones).
Uses: Soothing to the skin, helps to relax, soothing for the soul, promotes emotional well-being.
Cautions for Use: Avoid use in pregnancy. Avoid use with babies and young children. Avoid in epilepsy. Avoid in cases of high blood pressure. In all other cases, use in moderation.