Steam distillation of the flowering tops and leaves.
Colourless to pale yellow or olive-coloured liquid with a sweet-herbaceous smell, drying out to a tobacco, balsamic or tea-like odour.
TOP TO MIDDLE NOTE
Large doses can produce headaches. Not to be taken with alcohol as a feeling of nausea could result. Do not use before driving.
Main chemical constituents:
Linalyl acetate, geranyl acetate, neryl acetate – 70%
Caryophyllene, germacrene, bourbonene – 5%
Pinenes, myrcene, limonene, phylladrene – 3%
Linalool, sclareol, alpha-terpineol – 21%
Methyl hexyl ether – 1%
Properties and indications:
A racy mind and panicky states could be eased as the oil encourages a feeling of well-being and the capacity to see life in perspective.
A tonic for the womb. Regulates periods as it is a hormone balancer. Has a good reputation with sexual problems by controlling underlying stress. Encourages labour. Eases gastric spasm and could be a kidney tonic. Combats excessive perspiration and strengthens the defence system. Good for convalescence. Uplifting quality may assist in drug rehabilitation.
Cell regenerating properties are apparent, especially the scalp. Good for inflamed and puffy skin.
A component of soaps, detergents and cosmetics. Used widely in the food and drink industry particularly in certain ‘muscadel’ type wines.