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Hyssop Essential Oil

Hyssop officianalis, var decumbens.Certified Organic, France.  Also known as Hyssop montana canescens or Mountain Hyssop. Steam distilled from the flowering tops of this creeping perennial herb.

This specific variety, Hyssop montana canescens, is found only in the Haute Provence in France. The pino-camphone content in this hyssop chemotype is very low, much lower than in other Hyssop oils, making it much more gentle and safe for use with asthma patients, little children and allergic people in general.

I know of no better way to loosen up a tight chest than inhaled Hyssop oil. It's sweetly medicinal aroma is highly expectorant. We have been using it to banish the aftermath of this winter's flu; to help loosen and liquefy my daughter's bronchial cough, and to help ease sinus caused sore throats. Some authorities say it can relieve bronchial spasms and thus might be helpful for asthma attacks, however I have no first hand experience with this yet. One friend recommends a blend of Hyssop, Eucalyptus smithii and Pinus sylvestris for asthma.

My instinct is to use this one in the diffuser, as a steam, or just inhale from a tissue. It has a soft, lovely dry down, clean smelling, soothing and gentle. I think it would be beautiful blended with our new Myrtle.

Shirley Price recommends blending Hyssop with eucalyptus, Ravensara, Niaouli and Cajeput for respiratory problems. She also says it is very useful in taming the itching that can come with eczema.  My French friends swear that there is no better oil for any bronchial complaint, and that, unlike most other respiratory oils, Mountain Hyssop may safely be used by most asthma sufferers.  Best used in a nebulizing diffuser. 



2 ml $13.00
5 ml $26.00
15 ml $52.00


  Hyssop Essential Oil is recommended for use in a diffuser or a massage blend to ease the discomfort of asthma, bronchitis, sore throats, sinus problems, coughs, in short, any respiratory problem.



Suggested Blends using Hyssop Essential Oil: 

  Respiratory Blend: Frankincense is the first oil I reach for when coughs or congestion come down in my chest.  I like to blend it with Black Spruce, our Sweet Spanish Eucalyptus, Atlas Cedarwood, and a bit of Hyssop.Perhaps two drops of Frankincense, Eucalyptus, Black Spruce, and one drop of the Cedarwood and Hyssop, either in the lamp, or added to a carrier oil and rubbed into the throat and chest. 


Tick Bites?  Lyme Disease:   Kristen Leigh Bell recommends the following:

1/2 oz carrier oil
5 drops Thyme Thujanol
3 drops Hyssop Decumbens
8 drops Lavendula angustifolia   Blend well.  Apply to tick bite or immediately after removing a tick, to prevent infection and reduce inflammation.

Cold Sores:

Some sources recommend a blend of Hyssop decumbens, Lavender, and Geranium essential oils, blended in equal parts and diluted in carrier oil. Touch the cold sore with a Q-tip dipped in the diluted blend.

(In all honesty, Ravensara Aromatica in a base of Calophyllum is the most effective remedy for cold sores or any herpes related outbreak.)


 Valerie Cooksley's Chest Treatment Oil for bronchitis, moist cough

        1 oz vegetable carrier oil
        10 drops Eucalyptus EO
        5 drops Hyssop EO
        3 drops Peppermint EO
        2 drops Cedarwood EO

 Valerie Cooksley's    Chest Treatment Oil for bronchitis, dry, non-productive cough

        1 oz. vegetable carrier oil
        10 drops Eucalyptus EO
        5 drops Hyssop EO
        3 drops Bergamot FCF EO
        2 drops Sandalwood EO

  If possible have someone else massage you using downward strokes across the shoulder blades and towards the outer edges of the back and in circular motions around the breast area of the chest, inward strokes.
If you are massaging yourself (obviously chest only,) she recommends holding
hands over face & breathing often during massage.


Suggested Asthma Blend:

(Try each oil separately, sniffing one drop on a tissue or cotton ball, to make sure that no component triggers the patient's allergies!).  If all oils are well tolerated, blend equal parts of:

Hyssop Essential Oil
Cypress Essential Oil
Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil

Use in diffuser or inhaler, or inhale from a tissue.


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