Rosewood Essential Oil
Bois de Rose, Brazilian Rosewood
- Rosewood essential oil is treasured by many people due to its uplifting, calming and heart warming qualities and its rejuvenating skin properties. Make sure you buy only from sustainable sources.
Farming Method Wildcrafted Country of Origin Peru Plant Part Wood Scientific Name Aniba roseodora Application Method Bath, Compress, Diffusion, Inhalation, Topical
Rosewood essential oil comes from a tree that grows in the Amazon forest and has a sweet woody scent, reminiscent of rose. Rosewood has sadly become an endangered species, so make sure you buy the oil from a reputable source. Amrita has made a careful selection and sources the essential oil from a sustainable company in Peru. The harvests the essential oil in a way that does not harm the tree and gives back to the local community.
Rosewood is an uplifting oil. Its sweet scent instills confidence, soothes the mind and is an all around wonderful oil to have on hand for stressful situations. Its natural antiseptic and antibacterial properties make it a lovely skin care oil. Used for wrinkles, acne, oily skin, burns and infections, rosewood soothes and regenerates the skin cells, without being to harsh on the skin.
Following is a list of conditions Rosewood essential oil addresses by category.
Respiratory System: Cough, cold
Skin Care: minor cuts, insect bites, dull skin, wrinkles, acne, eczema, psoriasis, stretch marks, fungal infections such as candida and vaginitis.
Circulatory System: Low blood circulation
Nervous System: Depression, low spirits, headaches, foggy head
Reproductive System: Low libido
For Whole Body Massage, use essential oil up to 2% maximum in any carrier oil. 2% is approximately 1 teaspoon (5ml) of essential oil per 1 cup (250ml) of carrier oil, or about 10 drops essential oil to a tablespoon (15 ml) of carrier oil.
Depression, Feeling Down: Inhalation, Diffusion,
Headaches: Inhalation, Diffusion,
Stomachaches, Nausea: Topical Application- rub on stomach
Cough or cold: Diffusion, Topical Application to chest
Stress, foggy head, memory loss: Diffusion
Minor cuts, Insect bites: Topical Application
Low blood circulation: Whole Body Massage, Aromatic Bath
Body Odor: Make deodorant.
Skin care: Topical Application.
French communities were said to have treasured the wood from the Aniba Roseodara tree for furniture and it has been sought after ever since. This beautiful, pink striped wood is used for furniture, chopsticks, guitars, flooring and essential oils. Sadly this has resulted in many millions of acres of the tree being cut down and brought to near extinction. Amrita sources Rosewood essential oil from a company in Peru that is practicing sustainable methods for extraction.
About the Plant
Rosewood essential oil comes from the mighty evergreen Aniba Rosaeodara tree that grows in Latin America in the Amazon forest. The shade tree grows in moist areas and can grow to be 130 feet tall. The Aniba Rosaeodara tree grows very slowly and unfortunately has been facing extinction since the 1950’s. Thankfully, since the 2000’s, the reintroduction of the rosewood has been implemented and the extraction method has been changed. Now, instead of using the entire tree, only the leaves and branches are used for the oil and regulations have been put in place for wood use.
Where it Grows
Peru and Brazil
Rosewood oil has become very rare. Most of what is on the market has been extended with synthetic linalool and the natural part is commonly not harvested in a sustainable way.
I had been searching for the last few years for a sustainable source of rosewood oil. Only a few weeks back I found a distiller in Peru who has started a reforestation project with rosewood. The project is largely financed by the sale of the essential oil. No trees are cut, only branches and twigs. We are trying to help her by marketing her oil. The price is fairly high because she pays fair wages to her workers to build a community around this project. The oil will be certified organic by next year.
Scent: Rosewood has a slightly floral, spicy, sweet smelling and rose-like scent.
Blends With: Orange, Bergamot, Neroli, Grapefruit, Lavender, Jasmine and Rose.
Fragrance Note: Middle.
Composition: Linalool, a-pinene, camphene, geraniol, neral, geranial, myrcene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, benzaldehyde, linalool oxides, a-terpineol.