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Hyssop Essential Oil

Hyssop Essential Oil

Botanical Name

Hyssopus officinalis

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Plant Part Typically Used

Leaves and Flowers/Buds

Color

Clear

Consistency

Thin

Perfumery Note

Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma

Medium

Aromatic Description

Fresh, earthy, fruity, woody, slightly sweet.

Hyssop Essential Oil Uses

Bruises, coughing, sore throat. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-63.]

Major Constituents

Pinocamphone
Isopinocamphone
B-Pinene
Myrtenyl methyl ether
Myrteno
Thujone
See Essential Oil Safety for more complete list of constituents.

[Sources cited in B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1981-1987 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1989), 110. B.M. Lawrence, Progress in Essential Oils. (Perfumer & Flavorist 23 no. 3, 1999), 58-60.Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 308.]

Safety Information

Tisserand and Young precaution to avoid Hyssop Oil during pregnancy and breastfeeding and to avoid use with children 2 years and younger. They recommend a dermal maximum of 0.3%. Though AromaWeb does not cover or provide specific safety information for the internal use of essential oils, it should be noted that Tisserand and Young emphasize that Hyssop Oil should not be used internally. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 308.]

Shelf Life

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