The Essential Oil You Didn’t Know You Needed
Written by: Brandi Monasco
When you think of essential oils, you probably think of the most common oils around such as peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus. You also probably associate essential oils with their smells and relaxing or energizing aromas.
What you probably did not realize is that there are hundreds – probably even more – of different types of essential oils that are amazing for your mind and your body.
Hyssop is just one of those amazing essential oils that provides your mind and body with great benefits. Hyssop has been around and used for centuries because of its antiseptic properties. It is also one of the most commonly used oils when it comes to medical benefits.
Top medicinal uses and benefits of hyssop essential oil:
1. Fights Infections. Hyssop is a powerful antiseptic and because of this, it works great for preventing infections from wounds and cuts. The antiseptic property also helps to kill bacteria as well as aid in healing deep cuts and insect bites. This oil is also used as a home remedy to help with acne.
To use hyssop oil for wounds and cuts as well as acne, dilute 2 to 3 drops of oil with equal parts of coconut or jojoba oil before applying to your skin.
2. Helps With Respiratory Conditions. Hyssop oil contains an antispasmodic property, meaning that it helps in alleviating spasms in your respiratory system. The antispasmodic property also works as an expectorant, helping to calm and soothe coughs as well as loosen any phlegm or mucus that is in your airway. It is also a great remedy for sore throats.
To use hyssop oil for to help with respiratory conditions, simply add 2 to 3 drops of hyssop oil to this homemade vapor rub.
3. Fights Parasites. Parasites feed off of the nutrients from other organisms, which can ultimately make you sick. When a parasite feeds off of your nutrients, it causes a disruption in the absorption of food and causes disease and weakens your immune system. Using hyssop oil can help ensure your body’s defense against parasites.
Hyssop oil is easy to use to fight against parasites. You can add 1 to 2 drops of the oil with water and mix it into a smoothie. However, when doing this, make sure to only use high-quality brands of oils as many brands are not made for consumption.
4. Helps With Digestion. Hyssop also acts as a stimulant. This helps increase the production of digestive enzymes, bile and acid that are needed to break down food as it enters your stomach. The digestive enzymes in your stomach help to speed up chemical reactions that occur in your body and help to break down the food into the nutrients that your body needs. Hyssop oil can also be used to help relieve gas and indigestion.
The easiest way to use hyssop oil to aid with digestion is to add a drop or two to water and then add to a smoothie, just as you would to help fight off parasites.
5. Increases Circulation. Having good circulation is essential for your body. Hyssop oil contains an anti-rheumatic property which helps in both alleviating the pain of rheumatism (arthritis) as well as preventing it. Because of this anti-rheumatic property, hyssop oil helps increase circulation and can work as a remedy for rheumatism, swelling and arthritis as well as gout. Hyssop oil also helps to alleviate inflammation and allows your blood to circulate throughout your body.
To help boost your circulation, dilute 4 to 6 drops of hyssop oil with coconut or jojoba oil and massage over your entire body.
Even though hyssop oil is not one of the more common oils that are used today, it is still pretty easy to find. You can usually find a bottle of hyssop at your local health food store. Hyssop also comes in a capsule or can be used in a tea.
Have you used hyssop essential oil before? Share your experiences in the comments below!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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