Hyssop Essential Oil (Hyssopus officinalis subsp. officinalis)


Hyssop may also be referred to as Hyssopus Officinalis Var Decumbens. It is typically processed using steam or hydro distillation as a method for extracting oil from the leaves and flowers/buds.


Hyssop Essential Oil smells fresh, earthy, fruity, woody, slightly sweet and camphorous.

Hyssop oil comes from the leaves and flowers of the Hyssopus officinalis plant. It has a warm, sweet scent and is a middle note scent.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Camphoraceous Earthy Fresh Fruity Slightly sweet Woody

  • Common Name(s): Hyssopus Officinalis Var Decumbens
  • Botanical Family: Lamiaceae
  • Chemical Family: Ketones, Monoterpenes
  • Major Compounds: Linalol, 1,8-Cineole, (+)-Limonene, Gamma-Pinene, Caryophyllene Oxide
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
  • Color: Clear to Pale Yellow
  • Indigenous Country: Spain
  • Cultivation: Distiller is Certified Organic
  • Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Leaves and Flowers/Buds
  • Shelf Life: 5 years
  • Ethically and sustainably sourced Ethically and sustainably sourced
  • Organic Organic
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Hyssop:

Don't use hyssop oil if you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions for Hyssop Essential Oil that possesses the botanical nameHyssopus officinalis var. decumbensand that contains under 1% Pinocamphone. It is very important to be certain of the chemotype essential oil that you are working with.

Tisserand and Young strongly precaution to avoid Hyssop Essential Oil with the chemotype of pinocamphone during pregnancy and breastfeeding and to avoid use with children 2 years and younger. They recommend a dermal maximum of 0.3% for Hyssop Essential Oil (that percentage is based on oils containing 82.3% pinocamphone). Though we 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.]

Safety Precautions for Hyssop:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities

Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities of Hyssop:

Energizing, Protective