Cape Snowbush (Eriocephalus racemosus)


Cape Snowbush may also be referred to as Kapokbossie, African rosemary, Wild rosemary. It is typically processed using steam or hydro distillation as a method for extracting oil from the stem and leaves.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Astringent Cool Fresh Green Herbaceous Slightly camphoraceous Slightly spicy

  • Common Name(s): Kapokbossie, African rosemary, Wild rosemary
  • Synonyms(s) for Eriocephalus racemosus: Eriocephalus simplicifolius, Eriocephalus spicatus

  • Botanical Family: Asteraceae
  • Botanical Genus: Eriocephalus
  • Major Compounds: Linalyl acetate, cymene, 1.8-cineole, many sequiterpinoids
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Consistency: Slightly viscous
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Strong
  • Color: Pale green in hue
  • Indigenous Country: South Africa
  • Cultivation: Wild Harvested
  • Processing Methods: Steam or Hydro Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Stem and Leaves
  • Shelf Life: 6 years
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Benefits & Uses

May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:

Colds Influenza

Therapeutic Benefits of Cape Snowbush:

Anti-septic Carminative Decongestant Diuretic Haemostatic Styptic

Other Uses for Cape Snowbush:

The plant has been used in traditional medicine and in flavoring in culinary terms.


History of Cape Snowbush:

In the late 17th Century a botanist by the name of Schreyver visited the Cape and distilled a plant called ‘roosmaryn’ which the Boers called the Cape Snowbush which was growing in the Company’s garden. He wrote of it as “this precious rosemary oil”. This is the earliest record of an essential oil extract from a South African plant.

Energetic, Spiritual, and Emotional Qualities

Energetics and Chakras Qualites of Cape Snowbush:

5th Chakra - Speaking Truth Clarity