Chaulmoogra

(Hydnocarpus laurifolia)

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: analgesic, antibacterial, anti-parasitic, cicatrisant

AFFINITY FOR: skin, respiratory tract, nerves

RESONANCE: physical

PLANT FAMILY:Achariaceae (formerly Flacourtiaceae)

PART UTILIZED: seeds

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

APPLICATION: Dilute with carrier oil or water and apply to areas of concern.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Chaulmoogra has a pleasantly mild, woody aroma.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: There are no emotional aspects mentioned that I can find for this essential oil although, of course, it has some.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Chaulmoogra is used in the treatment of skin diseases such as eczema. It is also used for bruises, sprains, sores, wounds, and scrofula. In England it is recommended in treatments for tuberculosis. Chaulmoogra is sometimes used in the cosmetics industry to even the pigmentation of the skin.

GENERAL INFORMATION: The fresh, ripe seeds of this plant are reputed to contain an essential oil that has been used specifically in the treatment of the early stages of leprosy. The use of chaulmoogra for leprosy is documented in several countries over a period of several hundred years.

CAUTIONS: Non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing. There is not enough information available to declare it safe for pregnancy, however. Caution is advised with pregnancy and small children.