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Hyssop Oil

The name of this rather expensive essential oil-- Hyssop Oil was used by Hippocrates and was derived from the Hebrew word 'ezob' which means 'holy herb'. Used as an ingredient for liqueurs in the 10th century, it was introduced by the Benedictine monks to Europe. It was also used for purifying sacred places and as a strewing herb in the Middle Ages, to ward off lice. Addressed as a boon to treat female disorders and complexities, it even relieves monthly water retention, while being excellent to help the respiratory system, getting rid of mucus and bronchial spasms. The essential hyssop oil can be used to treat bronchitis, asthma, influenza and colds, while helping wounds heal and dispersing bruises on the skin.

Hyssop oil has a sweet, warm smell and ranges in color from colorless to pale yellowy-green. This essential oil strengthens the lungs, benefits poor vitality, breathlessness, and immune deficiency. Further, stimulating the digestion process, it is also quite effective on the nervous system and mind. The essential hyssop oil blends particularly well with the oils of Angelica, Clarysage, Lavandin, Geranium, Orange, Tangerine, Melissa and Rosemary.
 

Oil Extraction
Being a major attraction to the bees, the shrub of hyssop decorates the Mediterranean area and is about 60 cm (2 feet) high. The shrub belongs to the Labiatae family and is also known as Azob. It has a woody, hairy stem, small lance-shaped green leaves and purple-blue flowers and was well known in ancient times. Hyssop oil is extracted from the leaves and the flowering tops by steam distillation.

History of Hyssop
Having a very long history as a cleansing herb, the essential oil of hyssop (hyssopus officinalis) is also related to the Bible. Both the Egyptians and the Hebrews used it to cleanse any area in which they were planning to meditate, pray or give a healing. Known as a

protective herb of the heavens, this essential oil is touched by the love and protection of the divine. It clears the density around the aura caused by mental chatter. In fact, it can also be used for robust, rustic dishes like potato or bean soup, and it goes well with fat meat; others suggest hyssop to spice up calf and chicken, where hyssop may be an interesting alternative to sage, whom hyssop resembles in its slight bitterness, but not in fragrance.

 
 

Applicable Benefits
The essential of Hyssop is endowed with numerous beneficial chemical components including a-pinene, camphene, b-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, limonene, pinocamphone, isopinocamphene, y-terpineol, 1,8-cineole, and thujone. The therapeutic properties of this oil are anti-rheumatic, astringent, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, cicatrisant, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, hypertensive, nervine, sudorific, stimulant, tonic, vermifuge, and vulnerary.
A detailed view of the medicinal properties of Hyssop Oil can be presented as the following.

  • Astringent: The function of an astringent is to contract or cause to shrink. Hyssop Essential Oil, being an astringent, makes the gums, muscles of limbs and abdomen, intestines, skin, tissues and blood vessels to contract. This can help you in many ways. This can prevent muscles and skin from shagging down, swaying and fall of teeth, wrinkles and haemorrhage by contracting blood vessels.
  • Anti Spasmodic: Being an anti spasmodic, it gives relief in spasm of respiratory system, thereby curing spasmodic coughs; spasm of nervous system to cure convulsions and related problems; muscular spasm to cure cramps and spasm of intestines giving relief from acute abdominal pain. It is also beneficial in curing spasmodic cholera.
  • Anti Rheumatic: Since Hyssop Oil improves and promotes circulation, it helps cure diseases associated with poor circulation, such as rheumatism, arthritis, gout, swelling, etc.
  • Anti Septic: Whenever we are wounded or get a cut or abrasion, our first worry is that the wound might get septic. If it is from an iron object, then there remains a chance of it might getting infected by tetanus. Hyssop Oil, applied on wounds, might help us avoid both of the above situations. Since it is an anti septic, it prevents infections to develop in wounds.
  • Carminative: This oil, having carminative properties, helps clear gases from intestines and relieves you of problems like uneasiness, heaviness, indigestion, stomachaches, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and even heart troubles. Further, Hyssop Oil does not let formation of gas. It gives a downward passage to gas.
  • Cicatrisant: Deep cuts will heal up quicker and the scar marks left by them will soon disappear if Hyssop Oil is applied on them. It is equally beneficial to fade away the after spots of boils, pox, infections, insect bites, etc.
  • Digestive: This oil facilitates digestion. Being a stimulant, it stimulates secretion of gastric juices (acids, enzymes, bile), etc. into the stomach which speeds up decomposition of the complex proteins, carbohydrates and other nutrients. It also facilitates passage of these food stuffs through intestines by stimulating peristaltic motion of intestines and thereby absorption of these nutrients by intestinal villi.
  • Diuretic: It can speed up detoxification of your body, removal of excess water and sodium, loss of fats and reduction in blood pressure just by promoting a single thing, urination. It increases frequency of urination and quantity of urine. This has other benefits too. This keeps your heart healthy, aids digestion and also checks formation of gases.
  • Emenagogue: This property of Hyssop Essential Oil can help women with irregular, obstructed, painful and exhausting menstruations. This opens up menses, makes it regular and also helps overcome symptoms related with menses like nausea, headache, pain in lower abdomen, fatigue, loss of appetite, etc.
  • Expectorant: This is yet another beneficial property of Hyssop Essential Oil. It is an expectorant. This is a good remedy to loosen phlegm tightly deposited in the respiratory tracts. This keeps the respiratory warm and hence stops further deposition of phlegm in it. Moreover, it helps cure the infections due to common cold.
  • Febrifuge: When fever is due to infections, it helps reduce it by fighting infections. When fever is due to accumulation of toxins in the body, it reduces it by promoting removal of toxins from the body through urine. Hyssop Oil also brings about sweating which helps bring down temperature in cases of very high fever.
  • Hypertensive: Now, this property may not be welcome for the normal or hypertensive people but it is beneficial of hypotensive people (people who suffer from low blood pressure). This essential oil can raise blood pressure and help get rid of problems associated with Low Blood Pressure, such as headache, tendency of vomiting, fatigue, swelling in limbs, etc.
  • Nervine: Being a Nervine means serving as a tonic for nervous systems. This keeps the nervous system healthy and in order and helps avoid nervous disorders. Effective in cases of vertigo, nervousness, convulsions, etc. Hyssop Essential Oil is a good Nervine and tones up the whole nervous system.
  • Stimulant: Hyssop Oil stimulates all the systems running inside the body. It stimulates the nervous system, the circulatory system, the digestive system, the endocrinal system, the brain, the peristaltic motion and the excretory system. Thus, it stimulates the whole metabolism as a whole and helps in better consumption and absorption of the nutrients. It also stimulates and activates the immune system and protects from infections and diseases.
  • Sudorific: If someone is suffering from very less or obstructed perspiration or no perspiration at all (something teenagers have always wanted), he or she is in big trouble. It simply means toxic elements, excess water and sodium is accumulating in your body and it is paving way for a bigger and chronic trouble. So, get going and use Hyssop Essential oil. Being a sudorific, it helps bring a lot of perspiration and frees your body of toxins, water and extra salts. It also makes you slim.
  • Tonic: Hyssop Oil tones up all the organic systems functioning inside the body. It tones the nervous system, the circulatory system, the digestive system, the endocrinal system, the brain, the peristaltic motion and the excretory system. Hence, it tones up the complete metabolism and helps in better absorption and distribution of the nutrients. It also tones up the immune system and helps us avoid infections.
  • Vermifuge: It kills worms, intestinal and otherwise and helps those children enjoy a better growth who were suffering from obstructed growth due to these worms.
  • Vulnerary: Hyssop Essential Oil protects wounds from infections and helps them heal quicker.
  • Other Benefits: It is very effective against diseases resulting from viral infections such as cough, cold, flu, mumps, tonsillitis, sore throat, etc. as well as on bronchitis, asthma, eczema, dermatitis and inflammation.

 

Few Words of Caution: The essential Hyssop Oil is non-irritant and non-sensitizing. However, it contains pinocamphone, and thus should be used in moderation. It should be avoided by people with epilepsy or during pregnancy.

 
 
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