Type of plant: Woody, perennial evergreen shrub growing to 1 meter high, with leathery, underfolding leaves, hairy on the underside, and a single stalk atop with clusters of white flowers
Part used: Leaves
Method of extraction: Steam distillation
Data: Often wild-crafted. Although called moss, the plant is not at all moss-like. It grows well in moist soil such as peatland and is also found in coniferous forests with open canopy. A tea is made from the leaves, hence the name Labrador tea. The leaves are also placed in closets to deter insects and among grain to deter animal and insect pests. Canadian First Nations people have used the plant for a wide variety of medicinal purposes.
Principal place of production: Canada
When buying look for: Pale-yellow liquid with an herbaceous, balsamic, woody aroma
Therapeutic properties: Analgesic, antibacterial, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, circulatory, depurative, diuretic, hepatic, immunostimulant, spasmolytic, tonic
Therapeutic uses: Circulatory dysfunction, internal and soft tissue inflammation, liver conditions, detoxifying, obesity, water retention, edema, swellings, injuries, muscular aches and pains, stress-related conditions, anxiety, tension
Blends well with: Angelica root, bay laurel, cajuput, cardamom, chamomile german, chamomile roman, clary sage, cypress, geranium, ginger, hyssop decumbens, immortelle, juniper berry, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram (sweet), may chang, niaouli, ravintsara, rosemary, spearmint
Precautionary advice: Avoid prolonged use. May cause irritation on highly sensitive skins; a skin patch test is advisable. Best avoided during pregnancy and while breast-feeding.