Type of plant: Large, flowering evergreen tree with fragrant bark and dark, aromatic stems and fragrant, glossy leaves
Part used: Leaves
Method of extraction: Steam distillation
Data: Native to Madagascar but now cultivated elsewhere, this tree produces seeds that are used as a spice known as Madagascan nutmeg, which is used in cooking and in medicines. The dark, smooth evergreen leaves are distilled to produce the oil. Used predominantly by clinical aromatherapists, although now widely available.
Principal places of production: Madagascar, Australia
When buying look for: A colorless to slightly yellow-tinged liquid with a fresh, slightly spicy, camphorous, woody aroma
Therapeutic properties: Antibacterial, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antiviral, expectorant, immunostimulant, stimulant
Therapeutic uses: Colds, influenza, bacterial infection, viral infection, herpes, shingles, bronchial infection, bronchitis, respiratory tract infection, rhinitis, sinusitis, muscular pain, muscular fatigue, chronic fatigue
Blends well with: Bergamot, black pepper, cedarwood, cinnamon leaf, cypress, eucalyptus peppermint, eucalyptus radiata, fragonia, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, ho wood, hyssop decumbens, juniper berry, lavandin, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, mandarin, manuka, myrtle, palmarosa, ravintsara, rosemary, spearmint, tangerine, thyme linalol
Precautionary advice: Best avoided during pregnancy and while breast-feeding.