“Along with sandalwood, hina, myrrh and amber, rosewood is one of the five essential oils to put into your metaphysical first aid kit”.
The rosewood tree (scientific name Aniba rosaeaodora) is native to Brazil and adjoining Peru. Apart from being a giant evergreen tree, rosewood is highly valued for its use as decorative items. In fact, every year several million hectares of rosewood forests are cleared in Brazil and adjoining regions for making furniture, decorative items as well as chopsticks.
Rosewood essential oil is derived from the bark and wood of the rosewood tree, which produces yellow blooms. This essential oil possesses a light and flowery aroma with woody traces. This oil is extensively employed in aromatherapy and a number of natural and holistic health practitioners believe that it offers a wide assortment of therapeutic as well as topical benefits.
Chemical analysis of rosewood oil has shown that it is loaded with linalool, a chemical compound that is transformed into several different derivatives that of much value for the fragrance and flavour industries. Owing to random felling, the rosewood tree has been declared as an endangered species in Brazil. Now, it has become mandatory to plant a similar tree before harvesting a mature rosewood tree.
You can distinguish rosewood essential oil by its warm, woody, spicy and gentle aroma. While the bark of rosewood tree is notably reddish, the essential oil obtained from it has a clear color, which sometimes may also be pale yellowish. Rosewood essential oil contains chemicals like pinene and linalool. In fact, linalool is present in nearly all plants that produce flowers. Apart from being used for flavoring food items, linalool is also a valuable additive to fragrances as well as various cleaning materials used at home.
Rosewood essential oil is very effective for treating depression and it possesses the attribute to lift one’s mood. Applying this oil will even bring back smile on the face of a gloomy person and aroma-therapists use rosewood essential oil for curing depression and sorrow. This quality of rosewood essential oil is attributed to its sweet, spicy and mild floral aroma. Use of this oil helps one’s to overcome disappointment and unhappiness and makes him/ her ready to deal with their lives with a new as well as positive perception. In fact, this essential oil may prove to be highly beneficial for people who have failed in their lives or a feeling down, irrespective of issues related to academics, relationships or professional situations.
This essential oil has one attribute that may be useful for lovers and poets. Since rosewood essential oil is obtained from the hard wood of the rosewood tree (however, the wood of this species is soft compared to that of teak), it can actually stimulate soft and tender feelings for one’s partner and even encourage good things in their bedroom. In fact, this essential oil is beneficial for people who lack interest in sexual activities owing to excessive professional stress, work load, tensions and the adverse effects of environmental pollution. Currently, loss of libido as well as frigidity is growing at an alarming rate, especially in urban areas. Fortunately enough, use of this oil can help one to overcome these as well as related problems.
While nearly all essential oils mix well with one another, rosewood essential oil especially blends well with all types of floral and citrus oils. A blend of basil, jasmine, sage and rosewood oils makes a wonderful perfume that is meant for daytime use.
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While the rosewood essential oil is known to offer various medicinal benefits and is widely used in aromatherapy, it should always be used with caution for there have been reports that the use of this oil may result in irritation in sensitive skin.
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