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Home Page > Essential Oil Profiles > Rosewood Essential Oil

Rosewood Essential Oil

Rosewood Oil is sometimes referred to as Bois-de-rose Oil.

Aromatically, the oil has a subtle, yet surprisingly sweet, woody, fruity aroma with a floral quality to it. I don't typically refer to wood oils as "beautiful" oils, but this certainly is a beautifully aromatic oil that holds a dear place in holistic aromatherapy as well as natural perfumery. It is a 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.

You may find Ho Wood Essential Oil to be a lovely, aromatic substitute for Rosewood Oil.

Rosewood Oil
Rosewood Oil

Botanical Name: Aniba rosaeodora

Common Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled

Part Typically Used: Wood

Color: Clear with a Yellow Tinge

Consistency: Thin

Perfumery Note: Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium

Aromatic Description: Sweet, woody, fruity, floral aroma.

Rosewood Oil Uses: Acne, colds, dry skin, dull skin, fever, flu, frigidity, headache, oily skin, scars, sensitive skin, stress, stretch marks. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 56-67.]

Major Constituents:
(Z)-Linalool oxide
(E)-Linalool oxide
[B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1981-1987 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1989), 118-119. Source cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 409.]

Safety Information: Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Rosewood Oil. However, they precaution to avoid use of the oil if it has oxidized. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 410.]

Important Notes: The essential oil information provided within the Essential Oil Properties & Profiles area is intended for educational purposes only. This data is not considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. The oil photos are intended to represent the typical and approximate color of each essential oil. However, oil color can vary based on harvesting, distillation and other factors. Profiles for several absolutes are included within the directory, and are denoted as such.

General Safety Information: Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses. It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

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