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Samphire organic

Samphire organic

Crithmum maritimum

Botanical Properties

Samphire or Crithmum is a perennial plant that grows on the cliffs and rocks of the Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, and it is also known as "rock samphire" or "sea fennel".
It is a halophile, meaning that it grows in environments with high salt concentrations.
Samphire is a perennial plant of 20 to 50cm with a bushy shape and its leaves are alternate, thick and fleshy, full of a salty juice.
Its small yellow flowers blossom in small clusters, from July to October.
The green aromatic fruit are ovoid and ribbed.

Origin and history

Its Latin name Crithmum maritimum (from the Greek for "barley") is a reference to its fruit, which have the form of a grain of barley and which float on water.
The plant is rich in vitamin C and minerals, and seafarers in Antiquity carried bags of it with them on their journeys, in order to protect themselves from scurvy.
Samphire leaves and flowers are used as a condiment, raw in salads, pickled in vinegar or cooked with fish. The fruit can serve as a spice, thanks to the essential oil its contains.

Organoleptic properties

Appearance: clear liquid
Colour: colourless to pale yellow
Odour: iodine flavour

Distilled parts: Flowering heads

Country of origin: France

Density: 0,91


Main biochemical constituents or chemotype: Gamma-terpinene, beta-phellandrene, dillapiole
Allergenic compounds naturally present in this essential oil: Limonene, linalool
Some natural compounds contained in this essential oil may present a risk of allergy for some people. To check your tolerance, always perform an application test in the crease of the elbow before using your blends.


Samphire essential oil is diuretic, slimming and firming; it is also used for de-worming


Samphire Organic essential oil can be used to treat intestinal parasitosis.
Externally, it acts effectively against cellulite



Consult a doctor before taking any treatment or therapy orally.
Oral administration, against intestinal parasitosis, 2 drops 3 times/day in a teaspoon of honey.
Samphire Organic essential oil should only be used over short periods
On the skin, several drops of Samphire Organic essential oil diluted in Macadamia vegetable oil in vigorous massage on the area to be treated.
In cosmetics, its anti-oxidant properties are used to delay skin ageing, 1 drop in your day care.

Possible synergies

Lemon, Atlas cedar


Flammable. Oral administration on medical advice. Keep out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with the eyes. Not recommended for children under 3 years or pregnant or breastfeeding women. Do not apply to the skin before sun exposure. Food usage possible. Do not use pure on the skin.


The data given on essential oils on this website is for information only. In no way does it replace the advice given by a doctor. For all therapeutic uses, or if you wish to obtain more information on essential oils, please consult a doctor.

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