BOTANICAL NAME: evernia furfuracea
ORIGIN: Europe, North America
PARTS USED: lichen
FRAGRANCE: earthy-moss, leather-like
BLENDS WELL WITH: cypress, geranium, lavender, neroli, patchouli
AROMATIC & PHYSICAL BENEFITS: antiseptic, demulcent, expectorant, fixative
MAGICAL USES: Jupiter, growth, legal matters, luck, meditation, money, prosperity, spirituality
Oakmoss, as the name suggests, is a kind of moss or lichen which grows on the branches of Oak trees. Oak is distributed all over Europe and North America. While most of the European nations collect this moss, the essential oil from this moss is extracted mainly in France and it is the biggest producer of Oak Moss Essential Oil. The essential oil of Oak Moss is extracted first by solvent extraction method, which yields a concrete, and then by vacuum distillation method. The chief components of Oak Moss Essential Oil are atranorine, chloratronorine, delta usnic acid and evernic acid.
Antiseptic: a substance that inhibits the growth and reproduction of microorganisms.
Expectorant: a substance used to cause or induce expulsion of phlegm from the lungs.
Restorative: An agent that restores something back to its initial or original condition.
Other Benefits: It is used in soaps, skin care products, sprays and cosmetics. This oil is also known for its fixative values.
Safety Warning: It may cause sensitization and irritation in the skin and the mucous membrane. It should be avoided by pregnant ladies and people suffering from nervous or neurotic disorders such as epilepsy, hysteria etc. Never ingest essential oils without a prescription. Use carrier oil when applying to skin.