9 Surprising Benefits of Rosewood Essential Oil

by Meenakshi Nagdeve last updated -

The health benefits of Rosewood essential oil can be attributed to its possible properties as an analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, antibacterial, cephalic, deodorant, insecticide, and a stimulating substance. It is extracted from the rosewood tree.

The rosewood tree, which Brazil is famous for, is a giant evergreen tree 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, showpieces, 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.

Health Benefits of Rosewood Essential Oil

Let us see what medicinal properties this floral, sweet smelling oil derived from these dead-looking pieces of wood have in store for us. [1]

May Help Relieve Depression

This essential oil may take away your ill mood and leave you with pleasant feelings within minutes. The mild, sweet, spicy, and floral aroma of this oil does the trick and is thus favored by aromatherapy specialists. It may drive 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.

Possibly Analgesic Properties

Although not strong, this oil may serve 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.

Bottles of rosewood oil with a tall flask and vintage clock hanging

Rosewood essential oil works miracle for sensitive and damaged skin. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Possibly An 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 might not only protect you from infections but may also help to heal the wound.

May Act As A Deodorant

The mild spicy, floral, and a 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.

Potential Aphrodisiac

Now, this is something that poets and lovers will find very useful. The essential oil that is derived from this hardwood (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 who are losing interest in sex due to tremendous workload, 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.

An infographic on health benefits of rosewood oil

Rosewood oil is valued in perfumery for its unique fragrance. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

May Boost Memory

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.

Possible Insecticidal Properties

This oil has potential 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.

May Act as Stimulant

This essential oil may stimulate the body and various organ systems and metabolic functions. It might stimulate feelings, the secretion of hormones, enzymes, acids and bile, circulation, digestion, and other essential functions.

Other Benefits

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.

Word 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.

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About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve, Co-Founder, Organic Facts is a health and wellness enthusiast and is responsible for managing it. She has completed the Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University, US. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. An ardent follower of naturopathy, she believes in healing with foods. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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