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Distillation of the leaves and twigs
Europe, North Africa (Portugal)
A small tree with reddish-brown bark and sharp, pointer leaves. It has white flowers followed by small black berries.
Colourless to pale yellow oil with a clear, fresh, woody aroma.
Dioscorides prescribed it once for lung and bladder infections.
Pine, cypress, cedarwood and Canadian balsam.
There are no known contra-indications. Used extensively in eau-de-cologne and toilet waters.
Cineole – up to 75%.
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 a cool, dark place.