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Tamarack (Larix laricina) Hydrosol

Tamarack (Larix laricina) Hydrosol


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Tamarack (Larix laricina) Hydrosol

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Plant description

Latin Name : Larix laricina
English Name : Tamarack, Larch
French Name : Mélèze
Origin : Canada

History and Origin

Larch is widely spread, since it likes almost any kind of environment. It is found in very distant places with significant genetic variations. Only coniferous tree loosing its needles when fall comes, larch can easily grow in humid and poorly drained soils. What it does not like is shade, and that’s probably why he is often found in peat lands, where a significant portion of the calcicole competition is avoided and where the soil is humid and poorly drained. In bogs, larch is often the first tree to colonize sphagnum islet but, over the longer term, it leaves the space for others as peat firms up. During the last Ice Age, this tree was also one of the first to turn the land green after the withdrawal of the glacier.

In Native herbalism, Larch is used against flues and colds, as a laxative, analgesic, antipyretic expectorant and renal stimulant as well as to treat anemia and burns and to disinfect wounds. The First Nations also used its soft needles to stuff the pillows and mattresses.

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Extraction: Steam distillation
pH: 3,5
Aroma and taste:

Pleasant larch fragrance, fresh and resinous. Fresh and delicate taste, slightly minty.  

Stability and Shelf Life: Stable. Lasts eighteen months to two years. 
Properties and applications:

Larch hydrosol would stimulate blood and lymphatic circulation and have a positive effect on the renal system because of its moderate diuretic action. It is one of the few hydrosols that can be applied directly on eyes in case of infection. Rudolf Steiner recommended it internally to treat cataracts. 

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Documentation and References

  • CATTY, Suzanne, Hydrosols, The next aromatherapy, Healing Arts Press