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A Guide to the Living Tree Orchid Essences

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Leleshwa Essential Oil

leleshwa essential oil

Family: Tarchonanthus
Genus: Tarchonanthus
Species: Camphoratus

Tarchonanthus camphoratus, Leleshwa is a small tree or shrub common and unique to the Great Rift Valley of East and Southern Africa. It is known by many different names: African Wild sage, Camphor Bush, Kanferbos, Wild Camphor Bush, Sage Wood, Wild Cotton, African Flea Bane, as well as many different names in each dialect of sub-Saharan Africa. In Kenya it is known as Ol - leleshwa by the Maasai, and Mikalambati in Swahili. Our supplier in Kenya has chosen to use the Maasai name.

This oil has not been made available commercially in the UK until now, and as far as we know, IFER is the first importer in Great Britain. Our principle use of the oil is as a minor but significant component of our new aura sprays for space clearing and psychic protection, the Defender from the Dark aura spray and the Shadow Defense aura spray. The energetic qualities of leleshwa seem to be in complete harmony with the qualities of the Defender from the Dark orchid essence in particular.

leleshwa oil

When crushed, leleshwa leaves emit a strong camphoraceous scent. Many wild animals that live in the areas where leleshwa grows, particularly elephants, cape buffaloes, black rhinos, antelopes and gazelles, have been observed rubbing themselves against a leleshwa tree. Upon closer inspection, it is revealed that those animals, which have crushed the leaves onto their skin, were relatively free from ticks and fleas. In addition any wounds on their body had healed.

Leleshwa has many traditional uses. Crushed leaves are applied to the skin to heal cuts and wounds. The Maasai in Kenya often use the soft aromatic leaves of leleshwa as bedding since it is said to promote deep sleep and deter insects. A unique use is the garland of fresh leaves which is worn by both men and women. The Sotho tribe use Leleshwa to ward off evil influences while travelling through new territory. The distillation of Leleshwa essential oil is a wholly natural process whereby steam is passed through the fresh leaves and flowers. The oil is pale yellow/green in colour and is a clear mobile liquid at room temperature. The scent is herbaceous and floral with a distinct camphoraceous top note. Leleshwa blends well with lavender, geranium, sandalwood, frankincense, cedar wood, ginger, clove and pine.

Uses of Leleshwa Essential Oil:

  • Aromatherapy
  • Antiseptic Skin Cleanser
  • Space Clearing
  • Natural Preservative
  • Anti-Acne Products
  • Insect Repellent
  • Foot & Leg Creams
  • Anti-Dandruff & Psoriasis
  • Eco–Friendly Disinfection
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Tel: 01583 505 158

Mob: 07584 729 204

We are open to receive telephone orders Monday through Friday
from 10 am till 5 pm except on Bank Holidays.

Tarbert Farm
Isle of Gigha
PA41 7AA