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Rosewood Essential Oil

Rosewood Essential Oil Bottle Depicting the Typical Color of Rosewood Essential Oil

Rosewood Essential Oil is sometimes referred to as Bois de Rose Essential Oil.

Aromatically, Rosewood Essential 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.

Rosewood Essential Oil is a versatile oil that blends well with other wood, citrus, spice, herbaceous and floral oils, but it should be used sparingly and with respect because it is in short supply.

Rosewood Essential Oil

Sadly, Rosewood is now a seriously endangered species, and the production of Rosewood Essential Oil is a strong contributor to the significant reduction in the species. Whenever possible, consider sourcing alternatives to Rosewood Essential Oil or purchase it from reputable suppliers that are conscientious of how they source their oil.

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

Botanical Name

Aniba rosaeodora

Common Method of Extraction

Steam Distilled

Rosewood Essential Oil

Plant Part Typically Used

Wood

Color

Clear to Pale Yellow

Consistency

Thin

Perfumery Note

Middle

Strength of Initial Aroma

Medium

Aromatic Description

Rosewood Essential Oil smells sweet, woody, fruity and floral.

Rosewood Essential Oil Uses

  • Bronchial Infection
  • Tonsillitis
  • Cough
  • Stress Headache
  • Convalescence
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Scarring
  • Insect Bites
  • Stings
  • Nervousness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress

Source: Valerie Ann Worwood, The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy, 25th Anniversary Edition (Novato, CA: New World Library, 2016, 618.

Sustainability and Conservation Status

Endangered
Source: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/33958/68966060

To learn more about the conservation status of essential oil bearing plants and how to use the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, please refer to AromaWeb's Guide to Essential Oils and Sustainability.

Major Constituents

  • Linalool
  • a-Terpineol
  • (Z)-Linalool Oxide
  • (E)-Linalool Oxide
  • 1,8-Cineole

Source: 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.

Rosewood Essential Oil 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.]

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. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. 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 be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.

Shelf Life

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The essential oil information provided on AromaWeb is intended for educational purposes only. The references to safety information, constituents and percentages is generalized information. The data is not necessary complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate. The essential oil photos are intended to represent the typical and approximate color of each essential oil. However, essential oil color can vary based on harvesting, distillation, age of the essential oil and other factors. Profiles for several absolutes are included within the directory, and are denoted as such.

Essential Oil Book Suggestions

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Author: Valerie Ann Worwood

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