It grows in Mediterranean climates and its name derives from the Latin lentus (viscous) referring to its gum. Its leaves are green and persistent, and resemble those of the olive tree. It has a small, non-comestible fruit with a stone.
Main aromatic molecules: Monoterpenes (myrcene, α-pinene, limonene), sesquiterpenes, monoterpenols and sesquiterpenols.
Producing organs: Branches and leaves.
Yield: 15g of essential oil per 100kg of plants.
Equivalence: 1ml → 24 drops (dosage calculated for a calibrated dropper European Pharmacopoeia).
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Extracts from the book ’Aromatherapia – All about essential oils’, by Isabelle Pacchioni, watercolors by Patrick MORIN, Aroma Thera Editions . Extracts from the book ’41 essential oils essential for treating yourself differently’ and ’48 essential oils which every home needs to be healthy’ by Isabelle Delaleu and Isabelle Pacchioni, Publications of the Mandadori France group. Botanical illustrations by Agathe Haevermans.
The properties, benefits and method of use are given for information; they cannot in any case constitute or replace medical information that only health professionals can provide. For any use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes, please consult your GP or pharmacist.