Ancient Healing Scented Oils

Plants with healing and aromatherapy powers have been used since the start of man , mentioned in the Bible and carried on through the generations of many different cultures. Don’t let the pretty flowers fool you , some plants harbor centuries-old healing and therapeutic powers. In this article, you will learn more about hyssop and one kind of jasmine that has a reputation for possessing the properties of an aphrodisiac.


When the purple-blue flowers of the hyssop plant (also known as Hyssopus officinalis) go through a steam distillation process to produce a pale yellow to yellow liquid that has medicinal and aromatherapy benefits. The hyssop plant is found in the Mediterranean region and can reach heights of up to two feet tall. On a woody, hairy stem, small green leaves in a lance shape decorate the plant. Overall, the plant is quite attractive to bees. To us, the essential oil possesses a sweet yet medicinal scent that many still enjoy.

Hyssop has ties to ancient times with references appearing in the Bible as a noted cleanser thought to help fight ailments related to chest conditions, leprosy, and plague. It came in handy when someone wanted to purify a sacred place. During the Middle Ages, the herb was used to keep away lice. You should note that there are components of the plant oil that are not recommended for pregnant women or those that suffer from epilepsy.

Hyssop essential oil possesses therapeutic properties associated with treating sore throats, sinus issues, and bronchial spasms. The plant is also thought beneficial for people prone to asthma attacks. Other uses of the oil include fighting rheumatism, as an antiseptic, diuretic, digestive aid, sedative, stimulant, and expectorant. When blending hyssop, it is suggested to choose eucalyptus and myrtle as complementary essential oils.


Much more than a pretty flower, jasmine (also known in botany circles as Jasminum grandiflorum) offers a light reddish brown liquid when the flowers are turned into an essential oil. The attractive plant blooms in the early dawn , quite the opposite of the Jasmine Sambac, which shows its flowers in the evening. The jasmine oil is noted to have a strong aroma , one that is an intensely floral scent that lingers with sweetness.  

This type of jasmine oil has a reputation for being an aphrodisiac because of its sensual and soothing appeal that has a calming effect on people. Some believe that using the oil can encourage love and peace. To enhance the aphrodisiac powers of the oil, try blending it with sandalwood or ylang-ylang , also known for adding a spark to one’s love life. During ancient times, jasmine had been referenced as the ‘King of oils’ while rose was considered the ‘queen.’