Botanical Name: Amyris balsamifera
Family : Rutaceae
Common Method of Extraction: Amyris oil is extracted by using the steam distilling method from the trunks and branches of the plant.
Parts Used: The parts used to extract oil are the trunks and branches of the tree and it is put through a hammer mill and it takes almost three and a half days to extract the oil from one charge of wood material with the steam boiler is used for distillation.
Base Aroma: The oil has a characteristic woody, cool, soft and warm smell which develops and finally become a bottom note with slightly foggy feature.
Largest Producing Countries: Amyris is also called the West Indian/Indies sandalwood, which originates from the West Indies, specifically in Haiti. It is widely cultivated in Central and South America also and Gulf of Mexico.
Traditional Use: Amyris essential oil has antiseptic, decongestant, sedative and emollient properties and is good for calming your mind and also good for muscle relaxation. It reduces stress, tension and anxiety and is used for improving mental clarity. The oil is also good skin regeneration and helps in slowing down the aging process. The cooling property of the oil relieves frustration, irritation and sexual tension. The oil is ideal for improving creativity and imagination is widely used by poets, artists and musicians. Amyris essential oil acts as a good antiseptic and helps disinfect minor wounds. It can be mixed with other carrier oil to speed up healing process by applying onto small cuts, burns, and bites and other small injuries. Amyris essential oil acts as a natural insecticide also and can be diluted with water and used in home or garden as an insecticidal spray instead of chemical sprays.
The oil is good for reducing infections in the respiratory tract and is also good for problems like cough and congestion. It is also good for reducing symptoms of flu, cold, bronchitis and allergies and it helps make you breathing easier. A couple of drops of the oil can be added to a bowl of steaming water and inhaled for 5 minutes for relief from chest congestion.
Blends Well With: Amyris essential oil blends well with Frankincense carterii essential oil and clove bud essential oil.
Of Interest: Amyris oil has high oil content and is widely known as torchwood or candlewood. It easily ignites and is used as a torch especially by fishermen who catch the sea crabs along the shore. Farmers use it in the night to bring their products in the city or village.
Safety Data:Amyris essential oil is safe to use generally and the oil is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. It may irritation to people with sensitive skin and is not meant for oral intake. It is always better to do a patch test before using the oil and always dilute it with carrier oil. Pregnant, breastfeeding and people with terminal illness should consult a medical professional before using the oil.