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Distillation of the whole, or crushed seeds
Native to Southern Europe (France)
30-60cm high, with grooved fleshy, erect stalks, shiny pinnate leaves and umbels of white flowers.
A pale yellow to orange liquid with a spicy-sweet, warm, long-lasting odour.
Used widely as a domestic spice, the seed is used for bladder and kidney complaints, digestive upsets and menstrual problems and the leaves are used in skin ailments.
Blends well with
Lavender, pine, tea tree, coriander and other spices.
Cautions and comments
Non-toxic, non-irritant, possible sensitization. Avoid during pregnancy.
Main chemical constituents
Limonene 60%, apiol, seline, santolol, sedanolide and sedanolic acid anhydride, among others.
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.