Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Prima Fleur Essential Oil: LANTANA CAMARA

Lantana Camara Essential Oil [Prima Fleur No. 300] comes from fresh leaves of the plant grown organically in Madagascar. The yellow oil is clear, non viscous, with an intensity of 2 (1-10) and the scent is mild, slightly green, slightly fruity. The major constituents identified in the oil included β-caryophyllene (23.3%), α-humulene (11.5%), germacrene D (10.9%), davanone (7.3%) and γ-curcumene (6.3%).
photo by Zeynel Cebeci
Lantana camara (Verbenaceae) is an aromatic shrub up to 0.3-3” in height native to tropical America and was introduced elsewhere as an ornamental and hedge plant. The leaves are used in teas the treatment of tumors, tetanus, rheumatism, malaria; they possess diaphoretic, carminative, antiseptic properties, and are main source of phosphorous and potassium when used as green mulch. In Africa, an infusion of the leaves is used against rheumatism, asthma, coughs and colds. The oil is reported to possess insecticidal and repellent activities towards bees, mosquitoes and cattle flies. The leaf oil of L. camara exhibits antimicrobial activities. 

When used in a custom blend, Lantana essential oil should invoke a sense of calm. The mild, fruity scent is beneficial in skin care due to its anti-microbial properties.

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