Hydicum spicatum, from which Hydacheium essential oil is distilled, grows to up to 3 feet tall and the leaves are around 16 inches long by 4 inches wide. 8 inch long loose terminal flower spikes have individual flowers that are white or sometimes yellow with reddish stamens.It is now grown as an ornamental plant in Europe and North America for its fabulous flowers. It is a perennial but the roots need care during the cold winter months with a mulch covering and well drained soil. It hates sitting in the wet.
It is also called the Ginger Lily although it should not be confused with Ginger itself. In Hawaii where it is an extremely popular flower it is called Awa-Puhi. It is a statement flower inasmuch as it is glorious and brash and just a touch overwhelming.
Reported Attributes of Hydacheium Essential Oil:-
It is a carminative, stimulant, tonic, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, anti asthmatic. The essential oil is used in perfumery but also has antibiotic properties and there is increased interest in the medicinal properties of the entire species.
Hydacheium Essential Oil Blends Well With:-
Lavender, Geranium, Clary Sage, Cajeput, Tea Tree, Nerolina, Niaouli, Myrtle, Cassia, All the Cedarwoods
History of Hydacheium:-
Traditionally, an extraction of the root is used in Ayurdevic medicine as an anti-nausea agent. Research indicates that the oil has a slightly tranquilizing action, as well.