I think of Oakmoss and its Inner Nature when I have a client who wants to achieve success but cuts corners or who has a gambling addiction.  Otherwise I mostly use Oakmoss for perfume and ambiance type blends.

Oakmoss (Evernia prunastri)

Family: Usneaceae

Plant Description:  Oakmoss is not a true flowering plant, but a light green lichen (algae plus fungus) found growing primarily on oak trees and sometimes on other species.

History/Folklore:  It has also called oak lungs, lung moss, lungwort or ‘lungs of oak‘ by the Native Americans who use it for respiratory complaints and for treating wounds. It is called lobaria in the British Herbal Pharmacopoeia and is used for asthma, bronchitis and coughs in children.

Essential Oil 

Extraction: A concrete and an absolute are extracted by solvent extraction from the lichen that has been soaked in lukewarm water prior to extraction.  An absolute is extracted by vacuum distillation of the concrete and a resin and resinoid is extracted from the raw material by alcohol extraction.

Aroma:  Mossy and Earthy.  Reminiscent of a walk in an old forest.

Odour intensity:  It has a pretty strong aroma so a little does go a long way. It is an excellent fixative for perfumes.

Perfume Note:  Base

Blends well with:  Most essential oils.  Used extensively in perfumery to lend body and rich natural undertones to all perfume types.

Chemistry:  Esters 32%

Cautions:  This oil is excellent for perfumery purposes but it is often adulterated.  It can irritate sensitive skin and provoke sensitization reactions in some people.  Always carry out a patch test first before using. Dermal use on hypersensitive, diseased or damaged skin and children under 2 years is contraindicated.


On a physical level, Oakmoss may be helpful for congested sinuses.  It is also sometimes used in blends for impotence and frigidity.  It is an excellent fixative for perfumes.

On a psychological level Its balancing, calming and grounding properties are helpful when doing in visualizations to help with past pain.

On a subtle level, Oakmoss grounds one during spiritual journey work.  It gently allows one to release fear and mistrust and open one’s heart to embrace physical experience – joy as well as sorrow. Oakmoss can also be used in visualization to increase personal and financial prosperity.

In Dr. Bruce Berkowsky’s Spiritual PhytoEssencing, “the main drive of the Oakmoss individual is to ‘grow bigger’ by making a big financial score and becoming an influential mover and shaker. Slow steady growth is unacceptable for the Oakmoss individual. They urgently desire to experience rapid growth, to achieve their ambitions with as few swings of the bat as possible. “

Oakmoss – Inner Nature has a theme of stubbornness.  People who have a strong theme of Oakmoss may grow slowly and find it hard to change.  Oakmoss has a strong central theme of security, both financial and spiritual.  They can also be subject to fear and mistrust.   Oakmoss is one of the leading remedies for gambling addiction.

Since Oakmoss is so often used in Perfumes you might find the article in the archives on Creating a Perfume with Essential Oils helpful.

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Beverley Hawkins, Essential Oils and Carriers, Aromatherapy 101, Aromatherapy 201, Aromatherapy 301, 1999-2018
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