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Sweet Gale

Sweet Gale Essential Oil

Sweet Gale essential oil has an amazing scent of herbs and camphor with a fresh note reminiscent of eucalyptus. Its pleasant smell is appreciated in aromatherapy.

Sweet Gale is a small shrubby plant found in North America. It likes moist soil and grows near water or peat bog. This plant is very aromatic and has a pleasant smell. Native American peoples used their leaves and fruits to season and preserve their food. They also used them as an insect repellent.

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Technical Sheet

Common Name: Sweet Gale
Botanical Name: Myrica gale
Botanical Family: Myricaceae
Plant Component: Leaves and green fruits
Extraction Process: Steam Distilation
Quality: 100% pure and natural
Certification: Organic (Ecocert)
Origin: Canada, Quebec
Shelf Life: 4 Years

Properties

Sweet Gale essential oil is recognized for these properties (1, 2, 3):

  • Antiseptic, expectorant and decongestant for respiratory tract
  • Mucolytic
  • Antiseptic aerial

Main Areas of Use

  • Aromatherapy
  • Personal care
  • Perfumery
  • Food & beverage

Aromatherapy Applications

How to use:

  • Diffusion
  • Inhalation
  • Cutaneous, massage
  • Aromatic baths

Sweet Gale essential oil is traditionally used for (1, 2):

  • Airways infections
  • Catarrhal infections

Cosmetics, personal care and perfumery applications

Sweet Gale essential oil is used for:

  • Natural preservative
  • Skin care products aroma
  • Perfume aroma

The properties and indications are given for information only and do not replace any medical advice. They are based on traditional use, recognized by specialists and some of them have been scientifically confirmed.

Characteristics

Organoleptic Characteristics

Aspect: Clear liquid
Colour: Very light yellow
Odor: Fresh and slighty peppery

Physical Characteristics

Specific Gravity: 0,84 - 0,91
Refractive index: 1,47 - 1,50

Major Biochemical Compounds

Myrcene 19% - 25%
α-Phellandrene 11% - 17%
Limonene + β-Phellandrène 7% - 13%
Selin-11-en-4-α-ol 4% - 10%
α-Pinene 3% - 9%
Germacrone 1% - 4%

Precautions and Contraindications

  • Avoided for pregnant women and children under 6 years old due to a lack of definitive information in the available literature
  • Oral way should only be used under specialist advice
  • Dilute for cutaneous use because of possible skin irritations
  • Risk of allergy for certain sensitive people when the essential oil is incorporated into a cosmetic composition (limonene)

References and documentation

1. Coopérative de solidarité Cultur'Innov. Guide des principaux PFNL de l'Estrie; St-Camille, 2013.

2. Popovici J et al., Chemical composition of essential oil and headspace-solid microextracts from fruits of Myrica gale L. and antifungal activity, Nat. Prod. Res. , 2008, vol. 22 (pg. 1024-1032).