The purifying properties of Hyssop Essential Oil

Posted: June 21, 2018 by Cristina Proano-Carrion

I’m sure you’ve had at least one of the following experiences:

  • You enter a room, it feels heavy, it’s hard to breathe. Maybe there was a fight, or something strange happened, but you can sense it. You want to get out of that place or “purify” that negative energy.
  • You’re suffering from allergies or have a cold or a sinus infection, and you can’t breathe, your nose and sinuses are stuffed and congested. You feel the urge to look for something that can clean those breathing passages.
  • You try to concentrate, you’re overthinking, you need to clear your mind so that you can be able to focus and be more alert. You need something to clear your mind and help you think better.

Hyssop officinalis var. Decumbens is precisely what you have been looking for.  The plant was used in ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt to clean out temples and sacred places. Bundles of the herb were used as a broom to disinfect rooms and protect them against the plague. Hyssop essential oil has the same purpose, to clean, to sweep away, to clear away congestion and mucus in your body and to remove heavy feelings of negative energy in your mind.

Did you know?

The word “hyssop” derives from the ancient Hebrew name, ezob, meaning “holy herb.” A symbol for spiritual cleansing, hyssop became associated with baptism and the forgiveness of sins. [1]

Hyssop officinalis var. Decumbens, the safe oil

If you look up Hyssop officinalis you will find the following safety precaution: “never use for anybody who has epilepsy, as it may trigger an attack. It should also be avoided in pregnancy and by people with high blood pressure”.  That’s because Hyssop officinalis is high in pinocamphone, a hazardous ketone. However, the decumbens variety does not contain pinocamphone and therefore is nontoxic, and it ‘s safe to use.  Always be sure to buy the decumbens variety.

Hyssop for the Respiratory System

Hyssop is a tonic of the respiratory system, you can do gargles for a sore throat and loss of voice, and inhalations to help expel the mucus more easily.

Its strong antibacterial and antiviral effects make it very useful to prevent the recurrence of colds and flu and to fight infections in general.

It blends well with Eucalyptus and Thyme to combat bronchitis, sinusitis, and pharyngitis.
Make a mucus relief salve by adding the following oils to one tablespoon of coconut oil:
5 drops of Hyssop
3 drops of Eucalyptus
3 drops of Thyme
Massage your chest, sinus area and back with this salve

Hyssop for the nervous system and the mind

Just like it is cleansing for the body, Hyssop is also cleansing for the soul.  Hyssop is excellent to alleviate nervous depression and anxiety. It has a strengthening effect on the nervous system and the mind, and it is helpful for poor concentration, mental fatigue, and nervous debility.

It helps clear the vision and the head, and if you combine it with Frankincense, it can heighten spirituality before religious rituals.

According to Gabriel Mojay, “it also makes it helpful for melancholy and pessimism” by “opening the chest” and helping us to face the world, counteracting the urge to withdraw.” [1]

Use it in a diffuser, bath or massage oil to keep you in a good mood and brighten up your day.

Hyssop for Skin and Body Care

According to Kurt Schnaubelt, you can dab undiluted hyssop on herpes lesions or fever blisters. [2]

For bruises: in a bowl, dilute five drops of Hyssop with ½ tsp of salt and add cold water.  Apply a compress as soon as the bruising has occurred.

For rheumatism: apply a hot compress by diluting five drops of Hhyssop with ½ tsp salt and adding this mixture to hot water. Hyssop has a mild diuretic action that can be useful for fluid retention and to help remove uric acid that can aggravate rheumatic conditions.

Hyssop for Home and Room Purification:

Use it in a diffuser combined with other purifying oils like Rosemary, Cedarwood, and Lavender.

Hyssop for Digestion

Because of it’s warming and strengthening effect, use it for appetite loss, slow digestion and abdominal bloating. 
Digestive oil recipe
20 drops of Hyssop
10 drops of Orange
15 drops of Ginger
Dilute in 4 oz of therapeutic carrier oil.  Massage your abdomen with circular movements.

[1]  Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit: Restoring Emotional and Mental Balance with Essential Oils

[2] The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils: The Science of Advanced Aromatherapy, Kurt Schnaubelt 

© 2018, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC

This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.


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