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Hyssop ct. Pinocamphone (Hyssopus officinalis ssp. officinalis) Essential Oil

Hyssop ct. Pinocamphone (Hyssopus officinalis ssp. officinalis) Essential Oil


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Hyssop ct. Pinocamphone (Hyssopus officinalis ssp. officinalis) Essential Oil

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Plant description

Latin Name : Hyssopus officinalis ssp. officinalis
English Name : Hyssop ct. Pinocamphone
French Name : Hysope ct. pinocamphone
Family : Lamiaceae
Origin : Bulgaria

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 אזוב (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 Chartreuse and Benedictine liquors as a digestive.

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Distilled Part : Flowering tops
Extraction : Steam distillation
Oil Characteristics : Fluid liquid colorless to pale yellow. Its odor is camphorated and herbaceous. 
Properties : Anticatarrhal ++++, mucolytic, lipolytic, decongestant. Antiasthmatic (reduces the irritation of the bronchial mucous membranes) ++. Anti-inflammatory for the lungs. Regulates lipid metabolism (small intestine-liver). Lipolytic. Anti-infectious, antibacterial (staphylococcus, pneumococcus) + to ++, antiviral +++, antiparasitic +. Healing. Tonic (at low doses).
Indications : ORL infections: rhinopharyngitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, cough, pneumonia +++. Post-infectious cystitis. Wounds, bruise, scars. Cysts, lipomas, genital polyps. Multiple sclerosis (indirect action). Ovarian disorders (at puberty). Asthenia. Anxiety, nervousness.

Energetic and Emotional Effect 

Hyssop has the quality to awaken the third eye (the sixth chakra). It is also soothing.

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The plant is used in several food products such as seasonings, sauces and liqueurs like Chartreuse. However, the essential oil is not recommended for oral use. 


Hyssop can be used in cosmetic products such as soaps and perfumes. 


Hyssop blends well with rosemary, lavender, myrrh, clary sage, geranium and citrus fruits.

Safety Data and Contraindications

  • The oil of Hyssopus officinalis ssp. officinalis is neurotoxic, abortive and epileptic. It must be used with caution. Its use is not recommended for babies, children, pregnant women, epileptics and the elderly.
  • There are many varieties of hyssop. It is very important not to confuse the essential oil of Hyssopus officinalis ssp. officinalis with that of Hyssopus officinalis ssp. montanus or Hyssopus officinalis ssp. aristatus which do not have the same conditions of use.




Monoterpenones: isopinocamphone (45,32 %), pinocamphone (7,20 %)

Monoterpenes: β-pinene (14,24 %), β-phellandrene (4,43 %), sabinene (3,95 %)

Documentation and References

  • FRANCHOMME, Pierre, Docteur PÉNOËL, Daniel, L’aromathérapie exactement, Éditions Roger Jollois.
  • LAWLESS, Julia, The Illustraded Encyclopedia of Essential Oils, Element.
  • BOSSON, Lydia, L’aromathérapie énergétique, Éditions Amyris.