It was called ‘lungs of oak’ by the Native Americans who used it for wounds and respiratory complaints. The lichen primarily grows on oak trees, but it may also be found on firs and pines. Oakmoss grown on pine trees is thought to have a stronger turpentine aroma.
Source: Evernia prunastri is mainly produced in France and the USA.
Extraction: Oakmoss essential oil is solvent extracted from lichen that grows on oak trees.
Aroma: Oakmoss essential oil has a green, woody, slightly fruity, earthy scent.
Fragrance note: Base.
Properties: Is used in perfumery for its fixative properties. It is antiseptic and therefore when used in steam inhalation may help the symptoms of a cold.
Uses: Perfume and vaporization.
Blends well with: Anise, Bay, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Lime, Neroli, Orange, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Tea Tree, Vetiver and Ylang Ylang.
Caution: Always ensure proper dilution. Not for internal use. Avoid in epilepsy and while pregnant. May cause skin irritation.