Essential Oil Rosewood (15ml)
Essential Oil Rosewood
Rosewood is a beautiful, luxurious, amber-colored wood, often made into elegant furniture. The Japanese also use rosewood to make chopsticks. Its warm, woody, spicy yet floral scent has made it a favorite component of many perfumes. Additionally, while rosewood may not be one of the most widely used essential oils, it has many highly valued aromatic properties. For centuries, the people of the Amazonian rainforest have used rosewood to heal wounds and also for various types of skin ailments. Rosewood can also boost the immune system, relieve headaches, and act as a deodorant. It also has tissue regeneration properties, making it a great combat tool against aging skin, wrinkles, and scars.
Rosewood oil is obtained by felling wild, Amazonian species of Aniba and steam distilling the comminuted trunkwood.
The oil (“bois de rose”) possesses a characteristic aroma and is a long-established ingredient in the more expensive perfumes. Although formerly it was used more widely as a fragrance, particularly in soaps, where the strong top-note could be used to advantage, its relatively high price now makes it uncompetitive with the cheaper, larger volume oils.
Rosewood oil is rich in linalool, a chemical which can be transformed into a number of derivatives of value to the flavour and fragrance industries, and up until the 1960s rosewood oil was an important source of natural linalool. With the advent of synthetic linalool this use largely disappeared. For those applications where natural linalool is preferred, rosewood oil has been displaced by cheaper alternatives (Chinese Ho oils from Cinnamomum camphora). There does remain, however, a very small niche market for the preparation of linalool derivatives possessing an “ex rosewood” character.
Use in aromatherapy formulations, a relatively recent application, has become less attractive as environmental concerns have grown over the destructive nature of rosewood oil production in Brazil.
Therapeutic uses: acne, aging skin, colds, coughs, exhaustion, fever, infections, headaches, immune system, insect repellent, lethargy, libido, meditation, nausea, nervous tension, scars, stress-related problems, viruses, wounds, wrinkles.
Essential Oil Applications:
For acne, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and dab on affected area.
For aging skin, scars, and wrinkles, mix 2-3 drops with 2 tablespoons of liquid lanolin or a face and/or body cream, and apply to affected area.
To help the body deal with colds, infections, and viruses, and to boost the immune system, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser. Can also add 8-10 drops in bath water.
For ticklish coughs, use 2-3 drops in a steam inhalation. Can also add 8-10 drops in bath water.
To relieve exhaustion and lethargy, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser. For fever, use 2-3 drops in a cold compress.
For headaches, especially those accompanied by nausea, use 2-3 drops in a hot or cold compress. Can also use 2-3 drops in a diffuser or 8-10 drops in bath water.
To repel insects, use 2-3 drops in a diffuser.
To restore libido, use 6-8 drops in a bath. Can also use 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil, and massage on body.
For nervous tension, use 2-3 drops in a carrier oil and massage on body, or add 8-10 drops in bath water.
For wounds, use 2-3 drops in a cold compress after cleaning wound.
Mixes well with:
Anise, Atlas cedarwood, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, lemon, lime, marjoram,orange, patchouli, rosemary, sage, sandalwood, tangerine, tea tree, and ylang ylang.
Safety: Avoid during pregnancy. Not for internal use.
HISTORY OF USE
In the 1960s, exports of rosewood oil from Brazil alone were around 500 tonnes pa. Today, the world market for rosewood oil is about 100 tonnes pa, the decline in use arising largely from its displacement by synthetic linalool. Those who moved away from using rosewood oil in their formulations having done so many years ago. However, any marked and prolonged upward move in the price of the oil above recent levels could adversely affect demand. Some of the top-of-the-market perfumery houses have expressed concern over the destructive manner of producing rosewood oil and a transition to sustainable production would be welcomed by such users.
Recent exports are from Brazil, now the only supplier of rosewood oil. All major importing countries have published standard specifications for Brazilian rosewood oil and there is also an international (ISO) standard. These specify the botanical source and physico-chemical requirements, including the alcohol content (usually in the range 84-93 percent determined as linalool). These standards are minimum trade requirements and for perfumery applications individual batches of oil must conform to the aroma expectations of the buyer.
Antidepressant: This essential oil can take away your depression and leave you smiling within minutes. The mild, sweet, spicy and floral aroma of this oil does the trick and is thus favored by aromatherapy specialists. It drives away sadness and disappointment and prepares you to take on life with a new and positive perspective. It can be very good for those who recently failed or are feeling down, whether it is in terms of academics, professional situations, or relationships.
Analgesic: Although not strong, this oil serves as a mild analgesic and can give you relief from slight headaches, toothaches and pain in the muscles and joints, particularly those resulting from infections that lead to colds, influenza, mumps, and measles.
Antiseptic: Before you rush to a doctor following a minor cut, abrasion, or insect bite, you can do one thing. Soak a piece of cotton in rosewood oil and apply it on the affected place. This will not only protect it from infections, but will also help to heal the wound.
Deodorant: The mild spicy, floral and sweet smell of this oil can serve as an ideal natural deodorant, driving away the bad odor, making you feel refreshed, and keeping you safe from bacterial infections.
Aphrodisiac: Now this is something that poets and lovers will find very useful. The essential oil that is derived from this hard wood (although it is actually a bit softer than some other woods like teak) can really arouse soft and tender feelings for your partner and can result in a very good time in the bedroom. This can be very beneficial for those people who are losing interest in sex due to tremendous work load, professional stress, worries and even effects of pollution. The loss of libido or frigidity is an alarmingly growing problem in metropolitan lives. Luckily, this oil can be a real help.
Cephalic: This oil can keep your brain cool, active, sharp and alert and can take away headaches as well. This will also improve your memory and help protect you from neurotic disorders.
Insecticide: This oil has insecticidal properties and can kill small insects like mosquitoes, lice, bed bugs, fleas and ants. You can also use it in vaporizers, sprays, room fresheners, and floor washes. If rubbed on the skin, it keeps away mosquitoes as well.
Stimulant: This essential oil stimulates the body and various organ systems and metabolic functions. It stimulates feelings, the secretion of hormones, enzymes, acids and bile, circulation, digestion and other essential functions.
It rejuvenates the skin and keeps it looking healthy and young. It can be useful in the treatment of nausea, vomiting, cough and cold, stress, wrinkles, skin diseases, and acne.
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