The health benefits of Rosewood Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, antibacterial, cephalic, deodorant, insecticide and stimulating substance. It is extracted from the rosewood tree.
The Rosewood tree, which Brazil is famous for, are giant evergreen trees bearing the scientific name Aniba Rosaeaodora. Rosewood is highly prized as a decorative wood and millions of hectares of rosewood forests have been cut down for making furniture, show pieces, and even chopsticks.
Rosewood essential oil is extracted from the woody matter of the Rosewood tree with the help of steam distillation. Its main components are Alpha Terpineol, Alpha Pinene, Benzaldehyde, Cineole, Camphene, Geranial, Geraniol, Neral, Myrcene, Limonene, Linalool and Linalool Oxide.
This wood, which was widely wasted for unimportant applications, could have been used to produce tons of rosewood essential oil and put to better use to keep mankind healthier. Let us see what medicinal properties this floral, sweet smelling oil derived from these dead-looking pieces of wood have in store for us.
Antidepressant: This essential oil can take away your depression and leave you smiling within minutes. The mild, sweet, spicy and floral aroma of this oil does the trick and is thus favored by aromatherapy specialists. It drives away sadness and disappointment and prepares you to take on life with a new and positive perspective. It can be very good for those who recently failed or are feeling down, whether it is in terms of academics, professional situations, or relationships.
Analgesic: Although not strong, this oil serves as a mild analgesic and can give you relief from slight headaches, toothaches and pain in the muscles and joints, particularly those resulting from infections that lead to colds, influenza, mumps, and measles.
Antiseptic: Before you rush to a doctor following a minor cut, abrasion, or insect bite, you can do one thing. Soak a piece of cotton in rosewood oil and apply it on the affected place. This will not only protect it from infections, but will also help to heal the wound.
Deodorant: The mild spicy, floral and sweet smell of this oil can serve as an ideal natural deodorant, driving away the bad odor, making you feel refreshed, and keeping you safe from bacterial infections.
Aphrodisiac: Now this is something that poets and lovers will find very useful. The essential oil that is derived from this hard wood (although it is actually a bit softer than some other woods like teak) can really arouse soft and tender feelings for your partner and can result in a very good time in the bedroom. This can be very beneficial for those people who are losing interest in sex due to tremendous work load, professional stress, worries and even effects of pollution. The loss of libido or frigidity is an alarmingly growing problem in metropolitan lives. Luckily, this oil can be a real help.
Cephalic: This oil can keep your brain cool, active, sharp and alert and can take away headaches as well. This will also improve your memory and help protect you from neurotic disorders.
Insecticide: This oil has insecticidal properties and can kill small insects like mosquitoes, lice, bed bugs, fleas and ants. You can also use it in vaporizers, sprays, room fresheners, and floor washes. If rubbed on the skin, it keeps away mosquitoes as well.
Stimulant: This essential oil stimulates the body and various organ systems and metabolic functions. It stimulates feelings, the secretion of hormones, enzymes, acids and bile, circulation, digestion and other essential functions.
It rejuvenates the skin and keeps it looking healthy and young. It can be useful in the treatment of nausea, vomiting, cough and cold, stress, wrinkles, skin diseases, and acne.
A Few Words of Caution
There are no dangers or health risks associated with rosewood essential oil.
Blending: It blends very nicely with the essential oils of Orange, Bergamot, Neroli, Lime, Lemon, Grapefruit, Lavender, Jasmine and Rose.