Alan Howell Essential Oils
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By Alan Howell
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AFRICAN WORMWOOD /LANYANA OIL MONOGRAPH
Artemisia afra (Asteraceae) is indigenous to the mountain regions of Southern Africa.
It is a bushy branched perennial shrub which grows up to a metre in height. It has
thin brownish bark and grey-
A. afra is a common species in South Africa, and extends as far north as Ethiopia.
Essential oil by steam distillation of stem and leaves. Harvested from wild plants.
DESCRIPTION OF THE OIL
The oil is similar to the European wormwood (A. absinthium) in fragrance and composition.
It has a powerful top note with a fresh and penetrating cineole-
MAIN CHEMICAL COMPONENTS
African wormwood is used as an alternative, to the bitter flavour in armoise or wormwood oils.
Also used as an alternative to armoise or wormwood, as a fragrance component in toiletries, cosmetics and perfumes.
African wormwood oil has been shown to be a very effective antimicrobial agent against certain bacterial and fungi, as well as possessing an antioxidant effect.
Lanyana is one of the most widely used Southern African medicinal plants. Traditionally it is used for a whole range of conditions including; the common cold, headaches, diabetes mellitus, bronchial complaints and stomach disorders. The leaves are used as a tea, in a bath, as a leaf poultice or the vapours from boiling leaves are inhaled. It has also used extensively as an insect repellent and anthelmintic.
PROPERTIES: Anthelmintic, antiseptic, choleretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge, insect repellent, narcotic, stimulant (digestive), tonic, vermifuge.
USES: Cold and flu as an inhalant, antiseptic soaps.
BLENDS: Oakmoss, jasmine, orange blossom, lavender, hyacinth.
Due to the high content of thujone, this oil must not be taken internally, and used with caution during pregnancy and for epileptics.
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