Kapokbos, Wilde Roosmaryn (Afrikaans), Wild Rosemary (English)
The oil is similar to punctulatus in fragrance, but with more spiced bitter notes. The oil contains linalyl acetate, cymene, 1,8-cineole and 4,11-eudesmanediol (which may be responsible for its reputed anti-spasmodic qualities). Linalyl acetate, cymene, 1.8-cineole, many sequiterpinoids.
Traditional uses by the Khoi and early Cape settlers included treating stomach ailments, as a mood enhancer and as a relaxant. It was also thought to help with hair growth, breaking addictions, and letting go of negative emotions. Similar to rosemary, Cape Snowbush has an invigorating effect and acts as an antidepressant, also relieving feelings of stress, anxiety, and anger.
Cape Snowbush oil relieves spasms (muscle, respiratory, digestive) and is effective to stop bleeding. Its antiseptic and antiviral properties protect the body against infections.
It is also used as a diuretic (to expel toxins from the body), treats coughs and colds, and soothes headaches. Useful in the treatments of colds and flu. It eases coughing and helps the body to expel mucous. Aids digestion calms intestinal cramps, relieves flatulence and colic, useful in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery. Excellent for scanty or painful menstruation, oedema of the legs (pre-menstrual).
Antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, balsamic, bechic, carminative, cephalic, decongestive, digestive, diuretic, haemostatic, restorative, sedative, stomachic, styptic, sudorific, tonic, vulnerary.