Rosewood Essential Oil

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Rosewood oil is extracted from Aniba rosaeodora (also known as Aniba rosaeodora var. amazonica) from the Lauraceae family and also known as bios de rose and Brazilian rosewood.

Although not possessing a wide range of therapeutic qualities, this essential oil is useful for lifting depression, fighting frigidity and impotence and for skin rejuvenation. It has excellent cell stimulant and tissue regeneration properties, making it a valuable ingredient in mature skin care.

Oil properties

The oil has a slightly spicy, floral and sweet smell.

Origin of Rosewood oil

This Brazilian evergreen tree can grow up to 40 meters (125 feet) high and  has a reddish bark and yellow flowers and is extensively felled in the South American rainforest, but now legislation requires distilleries to plant a new tree for each tree cut down.

The wood is used for building, French cabinet making, carving, for the production of chopsticks in Japan and of course, essential oil.


It is extracted from the wood chippings by steam distillation.

Therapeutic properties

The therapeutic properties of rosewood oil are anti-depressant, mildly analgesic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, bactericidal, cephalic, deodorant, insecticide and stimulant.

Chemical composition

The main chemical components of rosewood oil are a-pinene, camphene, geraniol, neral, geranial, myrcene, limonene, 1,8-cineole, linalool, benzaldehyde, linalool oxides and a-terpineol.


Rosewood oil is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing oil and is generally regarded as safe.


When feeling overburdened by the world, this oil will lift your spirits and have a balancing action effect on the mind and body. It is used with good results in reducing headaches, colds, coughs, fever and infections and is a boost for the immune system.

Its aphrodisiac properties are useful to sort out sexual problems such as impotence and frigidity. It is an excellent oil to use in skincare, as it sorts out dull, dry and oily skin, while having a cell stimulant and tissue regenerating action on the skin which promotes rejuvenation of the skin.


Although rosewood oil does not have wide therapeutic properties, it has a place in aromatherapy and could help with the respiratory system, with sexual problems, with stress-related conditions and with great success for skin care.

  • Burners and vaporizers
    • In vapor therapy rosewood oil can help with colds, coughs, infections, headaches, nausea and stress-related problems, while lifting depression and helping to counter any sexual problems.
  • Blended massage oil or in the bath
    • As a blended massage oil or diluted in the bath, rosewood oil can help with colds, coughs, infections, headaches, fevers and nervous tension, as well as frigidity and impotence, while giving the skin a boost.
  • Lotions and creams
    • As part of a lotion or cream rosewood oil is most effective to stimulate the cells and regenerate tissue, therefore aiding rejuvenation of the skin and making it particularly attractive for use with more mature and wrinkled skin

Rosewood oil blends well with

Although essential oils normally blend well with one another, Rosewood oil blends especially well with all citrus and floral oils.

Skin Care ~ excellent skin regeneration & rejuvenation properties ~ improves skin elasticity ~ keeps skin looking & feeling healthy & youthful ~ beneficial for ageing skin, fine lines, wrinkles, dry & oily skin ~ stretch marks, scars, undernourished, damaged skin ~ antiseptic properties ~ acne, blemishes, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, fungal infections, skin diseases & sensitive skin ~ excellent to use as a deodorant

Insecticidal Properties ~ eradicates & repels mosquitoes, head lice, bed bugs, fleas & ants

Body Care ~  aphrodisiac properties ~ can arouse soft & tender feelings ~ helps with frigidity, impotence & sexual problems

Digestive System ~ useful treatment for nausea & vomiting

Immune System ~ boosts immunity ~ helps to heal cuts, abrasions & insect bites ~ protects wounds from infection ~ useful for fevers

Musculoskeletal System ~ helps relieve muscular & joint aches & pains

Nervous System ~ uplifting, enlivening & balancing ~ beneficial for anxiety, stress, depression ~ calming ~ improves memory ~ alleviates headaches

Respiratory System ~ recommended for coughs, colds & flu

Urinary System ~ helpful for candida

Emotional ~ Spiritual ~ recommended for meditation or spiritual healing ~ lifts your spirits ~ drives away sadness & disappointment ~ helps take on life with a new & positive perspective ~ brings emotional stability & empowerment ~ grounding & relaxing ~ offers emotional release ~ creates peace & security

Blends well with ~ All Spice, Amyris, Benzoin, Bergamot, Blood Orange, Cananga, Cardamon, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Copaiba, Frangipani, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Grapefruit Pink, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, Lemon Myrtle, Lemon Verbena, May Chang, Melissa, Mandarin, Neroli, Nutmeg, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Peru Balsam, Petitgrain, Orange, Rose, Rose Geranium, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Valerian, Vanilla, Vetiver, Violet Leaf, Ylang Ylang

Safety ~ non-toxic, non-irritating & non-sensitizing


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