GENERAL DESCRIPTION A strongly aromatic herb, up to 0,6 metres high with a much-branched stem, woody at the base. The brightly coloured, daisy-like flowers become dry as the plant matures, yet retain their colour.
DISTRIBUTION Native to the Mediterranean region, especially the eastern part and North Africa.
HERBAL / FOLK TRADITION In Europe it is used for respiratory complaints such as asthma, chronic bronchitis and whooping cough; also for headaches, migraine, liver ailments and skin conditions including burns, allergies and psoriasis. Usually taken in the form of a decoction or infusion.
ACTIONS Anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antitussive, antiseptic, astringent, cholagogue, cicatrisant, diuretic, expectorant, fungicidal, hepatic, nervine.
CHARACTERISTICS 1. A pale yellow to red oily liquid with a powerful, rich honeylike scent with a delicate tealike undertone. 2. A yellowy-brown viscous liquid with a rich, floral, tealike scent. It blends well with chamomile, boronia, labdanum, lavender, mimosa, oakmoss, geranium, clary sage, rose, Peru balsam, clove and citrus oils.
PRINCIPAL CONSTITUENTS Nerol and neryl acetate (30-50 per cent), geraniol, pinene, linalol, isovaleric aldehyde, sesquiterpenes, furfurol and eugenol, among others.
AROMATHERAPY / HOME USE
SKIN CARE: Abscess, acne, allergic conditions, boils, burns, cuts, dermatitis, eczema, inflammation, spots, wounds etc.
CIRCULATION, MUSCLES AND JOINTS: Muscular aches and pains, rheumatism, sprains, strained muscles.
RESPIRATORY SYSTEM: Asthma, bronchitis, chronic coughs, whooping cough.
DIGESTIVE SYSTEM: Liver congestion, spleen congestion.
IMMUNE SYSTEM: Bacterial infections, colds, ‘flu, fever.
NERVOUS SYSTEM: Depression, debility, lethargy, nervous exhaustion, neuralgia, stress-related conditions.