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By Alan Howell
CAPE MAY OIL MONOGRAPH
(Coleonema album) – for the smell of the Cape fynbos
Coleonema album is a fragrant shrub with many medicinal properties. In general appearance
the plant resembles the European May plant. C. album is a dominant plant of the
mountain vegetation of the southern coastal region of the Western Cape. C. album
has been domesticated and planted in many South African gardens for its show of flowers.
During the flowering season the small white petals cover the ground like confetti
after a wedding, hence the colloquial name -
C. album is a medium to large woody shrub with small ericoid (heath-
Coleonema album is found in the mountain and coastal region of the Western Cape, South Africa.
Essential oil by steam distillation of stem and leaves. Sustainably wild-
DESCRIPTION OF THE OIL
Cape May oil is clear in colour with a fresh herby fragrance and an interesting pepper note. The fragrance is typical of the Cape fynbos.
MAIN CHEMICAL COMPONENTS
Myrcene, phellandrene, pinene, ocimene, germacrene-
Open for experimentation.
Has an attractive fruity/flowery and pepper note fragrance.
There are many confirmed reports of the leaves being used as an insect repellent. Campers rub their bedding with the twigs to repel mosquitoes and ants. A wash made from the leaves is used as a deodorant, and fishermen traditionally rub their hands on the leaves to remove the fishy smell of bait. The leaves add fragrance to pot pourris. There is also anecdotal evidence that leaves added to bath water aids relaxation.
PROPERTIES: Antiseptic, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, insecticide, sedative, restorative.
USES: Colds, flu, sore throat, insect repellent, water retention, relaxing, nervous tension.
BLENDS: Angelica, basil, bergamot, Cape chamomile, clary sage, fennel, geranium,
ginger, jasmine, juniper, lavender, neroli, patchouli, petitgrain, vetivert, ylang-
GENERAL USE: Mental and emotional. Relaxing to the nervous system and helps to ease tension.
Physical. Helpful to bring down a fever, ease the aches and pains of colds and flu, and bring relief to a sore throat. Has gentle diuretic action, useful for a gentle detox and mild water retention. Tonic to the skin and the body. Will leave the skin invigorated and refreshed. Helps to remove stale and unpleasant smells from the skin, eg. fish and onions. A wonderful insect repellent, used to repel mosquito’s and ants. Can be used as an alternative to citronella or lemongrass oil around a campfire or braai.
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