Have you ever wondered what essential oils you should have on hand for yourself and your family?
I will be posting a quick reference guide to each essential oil to help you choose your personal apothecary.
We’re going to be going over what each oil is good for, how to use it, what it goes with to create a blend, and what to watch out for if you’re pregnant, planning to spend some time in the sun, or dealing with a particular ailment or medical condition.
As I sharing these with you we will be looking at pure, single essential oils, not at the many blended products that are available from just about any essential oil provider. Before you choose any of these blends many of with are touted by glowing testimonials on the distributors websites, or by sales representatives with long-winded spiels. Be sure that you know exactly which oils are in them.
Blends are meant as conveniences to help speed relief to you for an ailment, but they often contain oils you do not require for that purpose. Just as you would not mix up a handful of pills and swallow them without knowing what you were taking, be cautious in using blends that contain ingredients you do not require.
And as with all essential oils, check with your doctor before using any product to be sure it will not react with medications you already take.
Be an informed consumer and take the safest path to overall wellness.
Ok, now that we got all that out of the way today we are going to be talking about…
Once known as azob, this pricey oil comes from a Mediterranean plant used in ancient Greece by Hippocrates.
The old testament also contains references to ezob or “holy herb,” which was used for purification. By the 10th century CE, the Benedictine monks were using hyssop in their liqueurs.
WHAT IS IT USED FOR
- Colds and Flu
- Fluid Retention
- Genitourinary Issues
- Menstrual Issues
- Respiratory Issues
HOW IT’S USED
- In a vaporizer or diffuser
- In a cream blend or lotion blend
- In a bath
- In a massage oil blend
- Clary Sage
WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR
DO NOT USE DURING PREGNANCY
DO NOT USE IF YOU HAVE EPILEPSY
Hyssop oil contains pinocamphone, the neurotoxin found in early recipes for absinthe, so its used should be moderated.
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Book: An Introductory Guide Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Sonoma Press
Information pulled November 3, 2019