Healing with Hyssop Oil

The many benefits of hyssop oil were described in ancient texts, including the Bible. This herb still provides these benefits and is used widely today. The very potent essential oil is produced when the plant is steam-distilled.

The hyssop plant is native to the Mediterranean region and considered a holy plant in biblical times. It was used in time of the Romans against the plague, as a disinfectant and for treatment of minor infections.

In other parts of the world its spiritual function was believed to purify and forgive sins, and held in high regard. It was also cited as a symbol of baptism and reconciliation. Other religions associated it with purification.

Currently the hyssop oil is used in aromatherapy to help treat problems that are linked to the respiratory and digestive systems. It can also relieve arthritic pain, sores, bruises, toothaches and ear pain, contributing to the regulation of blood pressure and as a calming substance for anxiety and hysteria.

Other uses of hyssop oil are:

  • Antispasmodic

  • Antiseptic

  • Massage and bath oils

  • Febrifuge

  • Cicatrisant

  • Stimulant

Antibacterial and antifungal activity against certain trains of pathogenic organisms is exhibited with hyssop essential oil. There was a study that found the herbal oil showed strong antimicrobial activity against Staphylococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Candida albicans. The hyssop oil may also be used for the following health conditions:

  • Aging-related skin problems such as sagging and wrinkles

  • Muscle spasms and cramps, and acute abdominal pain

  • Arthritis, rheumatism, gout and inflammation

  • Loss of appetite, stomachaches, flatulence and indigestion

  • Fevers

  • Hypotension or low blood pressure

  • Irregular menstrual cycles and menopause

  • Respiratory problems, such as colds, cough and flu

  • The hyssop plant can be used as a topical on your skin or inhaled through a diffuser or vaporizer. Other ways to enjoy the benefits are to help relieve fatigue, stress and any type of body pain, possibly address menstrual discomfort or menopausal symptoms, to help reduce pain as a massage oil, aids in lowering fever, helps to clear clogged respiratory tracts and helps to heal and prevent scars.

Some allergic reactions and skin irritations can occur with the use of hyssop oil. Mix this oil with carrier oil like almond oil, coconut oil or olive oil. Apply a drop to an affected area and observe any adverse effects that might occur. Some side effects may trigger convulsions and seizures when taken in small doses, repeatedly. Epileptics, children under 5 and infants should not use it as it may cause fever and epilepsy. It can also cause skin sensitizations in children.

–Dr Fredda Branyon

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