The botanical family that brings us Chamomile also produces Blue Bush with a highly aromatic, herbaceous essential oil. This South African beauty blesses us with its Juniper-like astringency with a soft herbaceous scent that evokes the scent of fresh, desert wildness to colognes, chest rubs, breathing blends as well as skin softening serums.
Botanical Name: Pteronica incana
Botanical Family: Asteraceae
Method of Extraction: Steam distilled
Plant Part: Flowering tops and leaves
Country of Origin: South Africa
Cultivation Method: Wild
Composition: 100% Pteronia incana
Consistency: Thin and clear
Scent Description: Astringent, Juniper-like, wild, and herbaceous like Hyssop with a hint of resin.
Blends well with: Frankincense, Cape Chamomile, Chamomile, Grapefruit, Rose Otto, Fragonia, Bergamot, Lavender, Neroli, Rockrose, Hyssop, Marjoram, Bergamot, Firs, Blue Tansy, Myrrh, Spruce, Seabuckthorn, Immortelle, Ylang, and Sandalwood.
Uses: Enjoy Blue Bush’s benefits by adding a few drops in a warm bath or a drop on your pillow at night. Perfume and purify your space by adding a few drops of Blue Bush to your favorite diffuser or humidifier blend. Always dilute to use for softer and smoother skin. Avoid oral use. Useful in salt pipes and chest balms.
Constituents: Main compounds are α-pinene, β-pinene, sabinene, myrcene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, and p-cymene along with smaller amounts of several rare sesquiterpenoids.
Blue Bush Essential Oil is a unique distillation of the gray-green woolly leaves and small yellow flowers wild harvested from the shrub that grow in the Karoo hills of the Bo-Kouga of South Africa. The highly aromatic foliage and flowers are collected and steam distilled in winter months when the oils are most condensed.
The ancient Khoi and San people indigenous to South Africa used Blue Bush shrubs for aromatherapy to improve blue moods and as an herbal shield from yearly winter bugs, with the bonus of a perfumy, juniper fragrance. The botanical-biotic and soothing properties makes Blue Bush a smoothing and softening addition to skin care.