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Cape Snowbush Oil

For the smell of the Cape Fynbos.


DISTRIBUTION

Eriocephalus africanus has a wide distribution in the Western Cape and Karoo.


EXTRACTION

Essential oil by steam distillation of stems and leaves. Harvested sustainably from wild crafted plants.


DESCRIPTION OF THE OIL

The oil is viscous and pale yellow in colour. The fragrance is remotely similar to Cape chamomile oil, but with unique aromatic, bitter, spiced artemisia notes.


MAIN CHEMICAL COMPONENTS

Linalyl acetate, cymene, 1.8-cineole, many sequiterpinoids.


FLAVOURS

Snowbush oil is suited to fruit flavours. It has been used traditionally to enhance the flavour of meat and legumes.


FRAGRANCES

With the unique combination of bitter, spiced, artemisia and aromatic notes it could have exciting potential for new fragrances.


TRADITIONAL USES

Little information on the traditional use of E. africanus. Is used a diuretic, and has been used to treat oedema and stomach ache.


AROMATHERAPY

PROPERTIES: Antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, balsamic, bechic, carminative, cephalic, decongestive, digestive, diuretic, haemostatic, restorative, sedative, stomachic, styptic, sudorific, tonic, vulnerary.
USES: Colds, coughs, colic, diarrhoea, dysentery, flatulence, hair tonic, influenza, insomnia, menstruation, muscular pain.

CONTRA-INDICATIONS: Not recommended for use during early pregnancy.

BLENDS: Basil, bergamot, benzoin, cedarwood, frankincense, fennel, geranium, ginger, lemon, litsea cubeba, mandarin, palmarosa, sandalwood, vetivert, ylang-ylang.

GENERAL USES:
Mental and emotional: Warming to the emotions, useful in the treatment of depression. Helps in the letting go of negative thought forms to clear the mind and achieve a positive gentle perspective. This oil is useful in the treatment of addictive personalities and for those who have no time to allow themselves healing.

Physical: Useful in the treatments of colds and flu. It eases coughing and helps the body to expel mucous. Aids digestion, calms intestinal cramps, relieves flatulence and colic, useful in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery. Excellent for scanty or painful menstruation, oedema of the legs (pre-menstrual).