Rosewood - Aniba Rosaeodora – Wood

Blending Note: Middle

Main Benefits: Tissue Regenerator, Deodorant, Stimulant

Properties: Aphrodisiac, Anti-Depressant, Anti-Infectious, Analgesic, Antibacterial, Antiseptic,

Insecticide, Cephalic.

Origin: France

Other Producers: Brazil, Peru

Allergy Warning: None on Record

Short History:

Rosewood comes from the Rainforest of South America. The trees are being cut down to provide farm land. Soon this oil will become rare so use while it is still here. For the skin it keeps it healthy and young easing wrinkles and healing acne. There are several species of rosewood, but the essential oil comes only from this source. There are also rosewood blends on the market made from geranium, palmarosa and a few drops of sandalwood. Rosewood is an endangered species along with the rest of the South American rain forest. The trees must be 40 years old before they can produce the essential oil, and planting new trees would not solve the immediate problem. Linalool wood and ho leaf oil could be substitutes. There is another similar essential oil called rosewood or rhodium (convolvulus acoparius), and it is used in the perfume business. Rosewood essential oil is a wonderful fixative in fragrances. It is called Jacaranda in Brazil.

About Rosewood:

Rosewood also known as bois de rose is a mighty evergreen tree indigenous to Brazil and Peru. Aniba rosaeodora is a member of the Laurel family Lauraceae along with other aromatic trees like Camphor, Cassia, Bay and Cinnamon. Ayurveda, the mother of all healing systems have made significant use of this oil for opening the inner ear, rekindling spiritual feelings and for discharging offensive memories. Aromatically, the oil has a subtle, yet surprisingly sweet, woody, fruity aroma with a floral quality to it. It is versatile oil that blends well with other wood, citrus, spice, herbaceous and floral oils. Sadly, Rosewood is now an endangered species, and the production of Rosewood Oil is a strong contributor to the significant reduction in the species. Whenever possible, purchase Rosewood Oil from suppliers that are conscientious of how they source their Rosewood Oil.  Rosewood essential oil is extracted by steam distillation and the colour of the oil is clear with a yellow tinge. The consistency is thin and the aroma is medium in strength. Rosewood essential oil is regarded as valuable oil mainly because of the rich presence of about 86% of linalool component, which can be modified into numerous derivatives of high value especially to the fragrance and flavoring industries.

Medicinal Uses:

Acne, colds, dry skin, dull skin, fever, flu, frigidity, headache, oily skin, scars, sensitive skin, stress, stretch marks, Muscular Pain, Mood Swings, Pre-Menstrual Syndrome, Nausea, Sadness, Loss, Distress

Other Uses:

Cabinet-Making, Carving, Building, Flooring, Furniture, Guitars, Meditation, Yoga, Bath Blends, Massage, Ants, Mosquitoes, Fleas, Bedbugs, Lice.