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.
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.
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Clear to Pale Yellow
Strength of Initial Aroma
Sweet, woody, fruity, floral aroma.
Rosewood Essential Oil Uses
Bronchial infection, tonsillitis, cough, stress headache, convalescence, acne, eczema, psoriasis, scarring, insect bites, stings, nervousness, depression, anxiety, stress. [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
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.
[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. It is safest to 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.
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