This is an essential oil that many people have never heard of but it is a plant that has been used throughout history due to it’s healing properties. Hyssop essential oil benefits and uses cover a wide range of health conditions and can be easily used at home.
It is also referred to as the “holy herb” and is mentioned many times in the Holy Bible. It was an essential oil that was used by powerful biblical leaders like Jesus, Moses, David, and Solomon. It purified and cleansed mankind both externally and internally.
Hyssop essential oil was used by the Greeks for respiratory problems, stewing, and purifying sacred places. It was used in a type of body lotion to give the Parisian’s skin a fine color. It was also used by the Indians to alleviate bruises, soothe wounds and cuts, and to reduce body tissue fluids.
It is native to Asia and Mediterranean areas but it also grows in Russia, America, and Europe. The extract is taken from the leaves and flowers. Because it contains almost every type of chemical compounds found in essential oils it is deemed one of the strongest antiviral essential oils.
On the other hand it is still gentle and mild and is used in aromatherapy to treat problems in your digestive and respiratory systems. It is also a popular additive to various cosmetics and perfumes.
Hyssop Essential Oil Benefits and Uses
Aids Your Respiratory System
Its antispasmodic property helps to relieve spasms in your respiratory system. It also helps to soothe your cough by loosening the phlegm that was deposited in your lungs. This essential oil helps heal infections caused by respiratory conditions like bronchitis or a cold.
It is also one of the best herbs for asthma due to the antiseptic and antispasmodic properties. It is also a remedy for lung inflammations and sore throats. Massage a few drops of hyssop essential oil on your chest and throat to help with these medical conditions.
Helps with Digestion Issues
It helps to increase the production of secretions like acid, bile, and digestive enzymes. All of these gastric juices are necessary to break down food as it makes its way to your stomach. The digestive juices contain the enzymes that speed up the chemical reactions in your body and break food down into nutrients.
Hyssop essential oil helps with the decomposition of carbohydrates, complex proteins, and nutrients. Your digestive system interacts with all of your body’s other systems so being a stimulant is very beneficial. The essential oil can also be helpful with indigestion and releasing gas.
Improves the Look and Feel of Your Skin
Hyssop essential oil is a cicatrisant. This means that for treating skin problems it is perfect. It can be used on boils, pox, rashes, and insect bites. The essential oil may even be used on scars to help them disappear faster. It is also a good home remedy for acne.
One of the benefits of using hyssop essential oil is it helps with skin problems that are age-related, like wrinkles or sagging skin. It helps to promote the growth of new skin and cellular regeneration. Both of these will help to minimize the appearance of blemishes and help acne scars and stretch marks fade away.
Helps to Fight Infections and Bacteria
Hyssop essential oil can help prevent infection from forming in cuts and wounds due to the essential oil’s antiseptic properties. Applying the essential oil to the cut or wound it will kill any bacteria to help fight infections.
Although it can help to heal deep cuts it shows that it is best used for fungus infections and shallow cuts and wounds.
Promotes Better Blood Flow and Circulation
When circulation is increased it benefits your heart, arteries, and muscles. Due to the essential oil’s anti–rheumatic properties it acts as a “natural medication” for arthritis, swelling, gout, and rheumatism.
When the blood is circulating properly it helps to lower your heart rate, relaxes the heart muscles, and lowers your blood pressure. In addition, hyssop essential oil inhibits inflammation and swelling. Which will allow your blood through your body, relieving the pressure that can build up due to clogged arteries.
Fights off Parasites and Other Organisms
Parasites, which can include tapeworms, hookworms, and fleas, are organisms that feed off the nutrients of other organisms. Hyssop essential oil is a vermifuge, and will expel parasitic worms, especially when found in your intestines.
When a parasite lives in your intestines it will disrupt your immune and digestive systems and can cause weakness. Using this oil is a natural solution, opposed to some of the harsh prescription medicines.
Relieves Dysmenorrhea (Menstrual Cramps)
This is the medical term for “menstrual cramps.” Hyssop essential oil is an emmenagogue and can help women with painful, exhausting, obstructed or irregular menstruation. It will help to open up menses and make it regular.
The essential oil can also help overcome menses related symptoms like pain in your lower abdomen, nausea, fatigue, headache, mood swings, and loss of appetite. It can also address the symptoms of menopause.
Relieves Muscle Spasms and Pain
Due to the antispasmodic properties of hyssop essential oil it helps to treat naturally cramps, charley horses, and muscle contractions. As a natural diuretic the essential oil will help your body rid itself of excessive fluids, sodium, salts, and other toxic substances through your urine. It will also help to reduce rheumatic pain, inflammation, and swelling
Supports Healthy Immune Response
Hyssop essential oil helps your immune system to work properly by improving digestion and blood circulation and kill parasites and bacteria. Due to the antiviral properties it is also proven to be useful in fighting diseases that are life-threatening.
A study done at the Department of Medicine, North Shore University Hospital in New York found that hyssop essential oil contains unidentified tannins, caffeic acid, and a possible third higher molecular weight compound that is unidentified that exhibits a strong anti-HIV activity, which could mean that this essential oil may be useful in the treatment of AIDS.
Helps with Depression and Anxiety
Hyssop essential oil is used to treat anxiety and depression due to its calming effect. It can also be used for the prevention of petit mal seizures, which is a type of epilepsy. The essential oil increases alertness, is uplifting, and is a gentle relaxing nerve tonic.
Using the essential oil it can help to ease nervous exhaustion, guilt, and feelings of grief. It can help to keep your nervous system healthy and working properly.
It is also effective in helping with convulsions, vertigo, and nervousness, mental clarity, relieving stress-related disorders, and meditation and concentration.
Hyssop Essential Oil Blends Well With
If you’re looking to blend hyssop with other oils in your collection, it works best with the following oils:
Ways to Use Hyssop Essential Oil
There are several ways you can use oils. Find out which works best for you and the conditions you are targeting.
In Aromatherapy – Use a diffuser or inhale directly from a cloth. 2-3 drops should be enough in either case.
Topically – Hyssop is great for treating skin irritations. Always dilute with a carrier oil and test on a small area first to check for sensitivity or allergic reactions.
Bath/shower – A few drops in a hot bath will help you to sweat and flush some toxins, as well as giving you the benefits that come with skin contact.
Fragrance – Add a couple of drops to scent-free lotions and body washes for a product that smells great, and delivers on the health benefits.
Hyssop Essential Oil Side Effects and Precautions
Hyssop is used in a lot of food and cosmetic products and is safe when used correctly. It’s advised you do not use this oil if you’ve had seizures or are currently at risk of seizures. Always use oils as directed and responsibly.
As always, oils are not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or children. If you experience any reactions or ill-effects, always contact your doctor immediately.
Hyssop essential oil is a must inclusion in your kit of essential oils. It has so many wonderful health benefits from its healing properties, ability to help you fight infection and strengthen your immune system, to it’s sweet and enticing aroma.
It’s a fun oil to diffuse and that’s how I use mine mostly. If you have any uses or experiences with hyssop please share them below for others to read. Thanks.
I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.