Amyris Essential Oil
Latin name: Amyris balsamifera
Synonyms: Schimmelia oleifera, West Indian sandalwood, West Indian Rosewood
Plant family: Rutaceae
Extraction: Steam distillation of the broken wood and branches
Origin: Mainly Haiti, but it has now been introduced to many tropical zones such as Jamaica, South and central America
Plant characteristics: A small bushy tree with white flowers and compound leaves, which grows in wild thickets all over Haiti.
Oil characteristics: A pale yellow liquid with a sweet and smoky fragrance.
Traditional use: Called ‘candlewood’ by the locals due to its high oil content making it burn like a candle, Amyris is used as a torch by the local fishermen and traders and also to make excellent furniture.
Blends well with: Lavandin, Citronella, Cedarwood and other woody oils
Cautions and comments: Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitising
Main chemical constituents: Caryophyllene, cadinene and cadinol
How to Use
To use Amyris essential oil simply put 4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in cool, dark place.