The natural, pleasant insect repellent.
Coleonema album is found in the mountain and coastal region of the Western Cape, South Africa.
Essential oil by steam distillation of stem and leaves. Sustainably wild-crafted.
DESCRIPTION OF THE OIL
Cape May oil is clear in colour with a fresh herby fragrance and an interesting pepper note. The fragrance is typical of the Cape fynbos.
MAIN CHEMICAL COMPONENTS
Myrcene, phellandrene, pinene, ocimene, germacrene-D.
Open for experimentation.
Has an attractive fruity/flowery and pepper note fragrance.
There are many confirmed reports of the leaves being used as an insect repellent. Campers rub their bedding with the twigs to repel mosquitoes and ants. A wash made from the leaves is used as a deodorant, and fishermen traditionally rub their hands on the leaves to remove the fishy smell of bait. The leaves add fragrance to pot pourris. There is also anecdotal evidence that leaves added to bath water aids relaxation.
PROPERTIES: Antiseptic, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, insecticide, sedative, restorative.
USES: Colds, flu, sore throat, insect repellent, water retention, relaxing, nervous tension.
CONTRA-INDICATIONS: None known.
BLENDS: Angelica, basil, bergamot, Cape chamomile, clary sage, fennel, geranium, ginger, jasmine, juniper, lavender, neroli, patchouli, petitgrain, vetivert, ylang-ylang.