Cyclamens are native to Europe and the Mediterranean. The wild Persian cyclamen (C.persicum) and European Cyclamen (C.purpurascens) are parents of the familiar garden centre plants. They are highly fragrant, with a floral scent not dissimilar to Lily of the Valley.
Cyclamen essential oil is usually collected by steam distillation or solvent extraction from the flowers. Cyclamen fragrance oil is used in both fragrances and cosmetics.
Cyclamen oils have been used for hundreds of years in ancient medicine and aromatherapy. Cyclamen oil has been found to have several medicinal properties, including being antimicrobial, anti-fungal and aiding mood improvement.
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