Description: An annual herb, less than a metre high, with delicate leaves and white flowers.
Colour: pale yellow
Common uses: antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant. Is said to control the lice and itch mite.
Strength of aroma: medium
Blends well with: amyris, bay, cardamom, caraway, cedarwood, coriander, dill, fennel, galbanum, mandarin, petitgrain, rosewood.
Aromatic scent: spicy-sweet characteristic scent
History: Revered by ancient civilizations, particularly in the Middle East. Used in bread-making by ancient Egyptians, due to its carminative property. Romans hailed it as an aphrodisiac and also used the seeds for a spicy cake mixture called ‘mustaceus’. In India, the seeds are chewed to sweeten the breath and it has been used as an ingredient in toothpastes and mouthwashes.
Cautions: Very potent and not to be used on sensitive skin. Avoid use during pregnancy.
Important note: The information provided is for educational purposes only. It is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.
General safety information: Do not take any oils internally. Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using an oil that you've never used before.