For the smell of the Cape Fynbos.
Eriocephalus africanus has a wide distribution in the Western Cape and Karoo.
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.
Snowbush oil is suited to fruit flavours. It has been used traditionally to enhance the flavour of meat and legumes.
With the unique combination of bitter, spiced, artemisia and aromatic notes it could have exciting potential for new fragrances.
Little information on the traditional use of E. africanus. Is used a diuretic, and has been used to treat oedema and stomach ache.
PROPERTIES: Antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, balsamic, bechic, carminative, cephalic, decongestive, digestive, diuretic, haemostatic, restorative, sedative, stomachic, styptic, sudorific, tonic, vulnerary.
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.
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).