9 Incredible Amyris Essential Oil Benefits & Uses

by John Staughton (BASc, BFA) last updated -

Amyris essential oil can improve sleep quality, protect the immune system, lower stress, ease muscle tension, prevent premature aging, stimulate cognition and improve respiratory health, among others. There are a few side effects of amyris essential oil, including skin irritation, complications for pregnant women or possible interactions if you have certain health conditions or prescriptions. However, beyond the standard risks and precautions of all essential oils, there are no unusual risks to using this oil for its many health benefits.

This powerful essential oil is derived from the amyris tree, which bears the scientific name Amyris balsamifera [1]and a more common name of West Indian sandalwood. Native to that area of the Caribbean, amyris is a tree that grows up to sixty feet tall and has unmistakeable white flowers. Unlike many essential oils, however, amyris essential oil comes from steam distilling of the bark that falls off the tree, rather than the leaves of flowers. The bark has an extremely high natural oil content, making it ideal for processing into a healthy and beneficial essential oil. Many of the benefits of this oil, outlined above, are the result of valerianol, elemol and numerous types of eudesmol, along with other active ingredients and antioxidants.

Amyris Essential Oil Benefits & Uses

People should turn to amyris essential oil if they are suffering from nervous anxiety, a weak immune system, oxidative stress, poor cognition, cough, cold, flu, respiratory infection, insomnia, sleep disorders, high toxicity, frustration, and sexual tension.

Pouring a drop of amyri essential into a glass bottle using a dropper

Amyris Essential Oil has a soft, resinous scent that is often used in perfumes as a base note. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Relieves Stress & Anxiety

The various aromatic compounds found in amyris oil, in combination with the antioxidants and other active compounds, are able to affect and impact the limbic system (emotional center of the brain). This can result in a waterfall of different neurotransmitters that can improve mood and relieve you of anxiety. This is also why so many people use this oil in a room diffuser, to provide calming vibes and positive energy all day long. [2]

Promotes Good Sleep

This essential oil is a well-known sleep aid for people who struggle with insomnia and restless sleep. By using a steam inhaler or oil diffuser before bed, you can calm your mind and ease the tension in your muscles, helping the body relax enough to fall into a deep, uninterrupted sleep, followed by a refreshed feeling in the morning. [3]

Effective Insect Repellent

One of the popular and traditional uses of amyris essential oil is as an insect repellent. Mosquitoes, gnats and biting flies find the aroma extremely unpleasant, so when this oil is included in candles, potpourri, diffusers or homemade insect repellents, it can keep you safe from annoying bites, as well as the potential diseases that those mosquitoes can carry. [4]

Eliminates Respiratory Conditions

Amyris essential oil has certain antibacterial and antiseptic properties that can help eliminate respiratory infections. The anti-inflammatory nature of this oil can also help to soothe the respiratory tracts and eliminate sore throats, while also cutting through congestion, phlegm, and mucus. This will not only treat the symptoms of respiratory conditions but also address the underlying pathogen causing the infection. [5]

Boosts Immune System

Protection against pathogens, bacteria, viruses, and fungi are critical uses for essential oils, both internally and externally. The antioxidants found in this essential oil, as well as the immune-boosting compounds and chemicals, can reduce the strain on your immune system and help your body function more effectively.

Prevents Aging

Valerianol and the three types of eudesmol found in amyris essential oil all help to cut down on oxidative stress within the body, which can cause mutations in healthy cells and promote the onset of chronic disease. Antioxidants are also excellent for skin health, as they can not only prevent inflammation and irritation, but also wrinkles and signs of premature aging. This can add elasticity to your skin, helping to make you look younger for longer! The various emollient properties of amyris essential oil can also smooth the skin and improve texture and glow. [6]

Improves Cognitive Function

Studies have linked the active ingredients in amyris essential oil to a cognitive boost, particularly for those with neurodegenerative disease, poor memories, dementia and other signs of weakening cognition. The uplifting scent, when inhaled, can be a stimulant for neural pathways and increase focus, concentration, and retention. [7]

Detoxifies the Body

By stimulating perspiration, urination and the digestive system, this essential oil can help to lower the toxicity levels in the body. This can be from food, the environment, medication or poor lifestyle habits, but the quicker your body can cleanse itself, the sooner it can get back to operating at 100%. Diffusing this oil throughout your home is a great way to gradually detoxify your life and your home. [8]

Improves Aroma

Antibacterial and antiseptic qualities of this essential oil make it a popular addition to cleaning solutions for surfaces in your home. Add a few drops to a dust rag and improve not only the long-term protection against pathogens and germs but also improve the aroma of your home. A general diffusion of this oil is also a great way to neutralize airborne pathogens and provide a shield against foul odors.

Side Effects of Amyris Essential Oil

There are very few side effects of amyris essential, but you may experience skin irritation, stomach upset, or specific complications if you are dealing with certain medical conditions or are on certain medications.

  • Chronic Disease – Experts do not recommend using amyris essential oil if you have a terminal illness, cancer, epilepsy or a number of other conditions. Speak to your doctor if you have any pre-existing conditions or prescriptions that might complicate your use of this essential oil.
  • Skin Irritation – As with many essential oils, amyris essential oil could result in skin irritation, particularly in those with sensitive skin. Apply a small amount to a patch of skin and wait 2-3 hours for any reaction before using it on a larger scale.
  • Ingestion – There is no reason to ever consume this essential oil, as it can cause severe stomach upset, nausea or vomiting. Using this oil in a diffuser will provide all the internal effects you require.
  • Pregnancy – If pregnant or breastfeeding, it is best not to use this essential oil, although, in aromatherapy or diffuser applications, it can be considered safe. Before using this oil in any form, speak to your doctor about your particular condition.
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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