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A short, medium-sized perennial with heart-shaped, gently toothed leaves, which are covered in a soft greyish down. From June the nettle-shaped florets appear in mauve whorls around the leafy stems.
A pale yellow liquid with a herbaceous-woody, pungent odour, with slight lemony undertones.
Has mainly been used for nervous and digestive complaints, menstrual conditions, chills and cramp. Mentioned in the British Pharmacopoeia for colic in children.
Blends well with
Lemon, Lavender, Geranium, Clary and Niaouli
Cautions and comments
No known contra-indications, but do not overuse during pregnancy.
Main chemical constituents
Citral, neral, geraniol, limonene (a balanced chemical mixture of aldehydes, alcohols and terpenes).
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.