(Hyssopus officinalis var. decumbens)
Family: Labiatae or Lamiaceae
Description: Hyssop is a perennial aromatic shrub with small lance- shaped green leaves and purple- blue flowers. The essential oil is steam-distilled from the flowering tops and leaves.
Countries of origin: France, Holland, Hungary
Characteristics: Hyssop has intense, sweet, woody, camphoraceous top notes and warm, spicy, herbal undertones. It blends well with most other herbs and citruses, and also with lavender, myrtle, bay and geranium.
Main therapeutic properties: Antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, astringent, bactericide, carminative, cephalic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, hypertensive, nervine, tonic.
Hyssop has a special affinity with the respiratory system, and is a useful expectorant, calming persistent coughing. It can be used in a burner, inhalation or local massage. It is good in cold compresses over bruises, and has an invigorating effect on the mind, being especially good for nervous debility. Overall, hyssop is warming, purifying and rejuvenating.
Psychologically, hyssop is centring and uplifting and is a good aid to meditation, aiding inspiration and concentration. It is psychically cleansing and purifying; it stimulates creativity and protects those who lack personal boundaries.
Contraindications: Avoid throughout pregnancy and do not use on those who suffer from epilepsy. Avoid prolonged use and use only small amounts,