Hyssop decumbent (Hyssopus officinalis ssp. montanus) Essential Oil

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Hyssop decumbent (Hyssopus officinalis ssp. montanus) Essential Oil

Hyssop decumbent (Hyssopus officinalis ssp. montanus) Essential Oil

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Hyssop decumbent (Hyssopus officinalis ssp. montanus) Essential Oil
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Plant description

Latin Name : Hyssopus officinalis ssp. montanus
English Name : Hyssop decumbent
French Name : Hysope décombante (syn. : hysope couchée, herbe de Joseph, herbe sacrée)
Family : Lamiaceae
Origin : France

History and Origin

Small perennial shrub pertaining to the lamiaceae, like thyme and oregano, growing in the Mediterranean region. Hyssop has been used for ages by the Romans and Hebrews for the purification of sacred places. Its name would come from Hebrew (ezov), meaning “sacred herb”. It forms part of the plants mentioned in the Bible as a “purifying herb”. So it used to be common to find it in the gardens of religious persons.

Some physicians, Rhazès as an example, advised the use of hyssop in fumigation against pest, combined with lavender and thyme. It was also advised to treat phlegmatics and pulmonics. The Greeks used to prepare a balm to apply in cases of pneumonia, pleuritis, bronchitis and other pulmonary problems.

In food, it is part of the French tradition, entering in the Provence herbs mix and in the preparation of the Grande-Chartreuse and Benedictine as a digestive.

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Distilled Part: Flower tops
Extraction: Steam distillation
Main Components: Oxides (trans-linalol oxide, approx. 55%), monoterpenes (less than 20%)
Oil Characteristics: Mobile and clear liquid colorless to pale yellow with a fresh aroma.
Properties: Anticatarrhal, expectorant, antiasthmatic (non antiallergic), anti-inflammatory, anti-infectious, viricide++++, narrow action spectrum bactericide, fungicide, parasiticide+, tonic and stimulant: sympatico-tonic (action on the sympathetic nervous system and solar plexus)
Indications: Rhinopharyngitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, newborn’s bronchiolitis, asthmatic bronchitis, emphysema, inflammatory asthma (related to free radicals), secretion asthma (hepatic or nutritional cause, hereditary), except for allergic asthma, cystitis, depression+++, anxiety, oppression, mild liver insufficiency and congestion, hepatitis, sluggishness of the digestive system, parasitosis (giardiasis)

Energetic and Emotional Effect

Hyssop reinforces the will to follow one’s path. Its smell directly refers us to the third eye. It purifies the mental body and calms chattering. It enhances the lung energy while liberating guilt. It frees up emotional bodies, mental, physical and ethereal from the weight of fear. It allows a fast expansion of the intuitive abilities. It also allows you to chase away the vibrations of a revolved past.

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It is employed in the crafting of liqueurs: Chartreuse and Benedictine. Its digestive and antibacterial qualities are appreciated in the kitchen space. It suits well the preparation of stuffing, large poultry, games and all second class meats.


Very pleasant in smell, it is used in perfumery and housekeeping.


It is used in diffusion to purify the air and prevent the transmission of some respiratory diseases.


It blends well with rosemary, lavender, myrrh, sage, geranium and citruses. 









  • None known under physiological dosages.
  • Do not mistake with Hyssopus officinalis ssp. officinalis (neurotoxic and abortive), contraindicated in babies, children, pregnant women and elders.

Documentation and References

  • FRANCHOMME, Pierre, Docteur PÉNOËL, Pierre, L’aromathérapie exactement, Éditions Roger Jollois.


    DAVIS, Patricia, L'aromathérapie de A à Z, Éditions Vigot.
  • EIDSON, Deborah, La guérison vibratoire, Guy Trédaniel Éditeur.
  • LAWLESS, Julia, The Complete Illustrated Guide to AROMATHERAPY: A Practical Approach to the Use of Essential Oils for Health and Well-being, Éditions Element.
  • FESTY, Danièle, Ma bible des huiles essentielles, Éditions Leduc.
  • Wikipedia online, « Hysope » : http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hysope
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