26 January 2022 / Caitlin Devlin
Hyssop Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits
Hyssop's protective properties have led it to become a symbol for warding off evil.
Hyssop essential oil has been used for its cleansing, purifying properties for thousands of years.
Its protective qualities are so pronounced that Ancient Romans believed that the oil’s antibacterial properties also allowed it to ward off evil, and some people still hang dried hyssop in their homes to ward against negativity. These days it is mostly used for its fresh, purifying scent, as well as to treat respiratory conditions and fight infections.
Hyssop essential oil can benefit respiratory conditions.
Hyssop oil has a number of useful properties, one of which is its antispasmodic ability. The oil is able to relieve spasms in the respiratory conditions, inhibiting coughing fits and preventing possible pain. Not only that, but hyssop is antispasmodic, allowing it to loosen phlegm in the respiratory tract and facilitate easier breathing. A study in 2018 even suggested that hyssop could be useful for reducing symptoms of asthma, although more research is needed in this area.
It can fight infections.
Hyssop oil also has antiseptic properties. This helps it to fight infections and kill bacteria, especially when the immune system is more vulnerable. A study in 2011 demonstrated that hyssop oil shows significant antimicrobial activity, whilst further research even found that hyssop oil could have an inhibitory effect against herpes. The oil was found to lower plaque formulation by more than 90%, significantly reducing the impact of the herpes virus.
It can relieve muscle pain.
Hyssop oil’s long list of beneficial properties doesn’t stop there; it’s also an antispasmodic and a muscle relaxant. This helps it to ease muscle pain by preventing spasms and relaxing tight muscles.
A 2014 animal study also showed that hyssop oil can have significant anti-inflammatory effects, which can help it to soothe swelling in muscles and joints and reduce consequent pain. Combing a few drops of hyssop oil with a vegetable carrier oil can create a soothing, muscle-benefitting massage oil.
It can benefit skin.
The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that hyssop oil possesses also make it an effective treatment for skin irritations, allowing it to both soothe the site of irritation and attack the underlying cause. Some have claimed that symptoms of eczema and psoriasis can also be reduced by the oil, although research is lacking in this area.
A study in 2001 also demonstrated that hyssop oil can have bacteriostatic activity, which means that it can stop bacteria from reproducing and leave skin cleaner and free from assault by harmful organisms.
Although hyssop tends to stay slightly out of the aromatherapy spotlight, it isn’t an oil to be overlooked. Its range of useful properties – along with its purifying floral scent – make it a valuable addition to any collection.
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