Amyris (Amyris balsamifera)

Originating in North America, amyris is a flowering shrub that was mistaken for sandalwood until the late 19th century. Along with other plants that have high resin content, amyris is commonly referred to as a "torchwood" or “candlewood” due to its essential oil-saturated wood, which burns like a candle.

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County of Origin Haiti, Jamaica
Botanical Family Rutaceae
Therapeutic Properties Anti-anxiety, Anti-septic, Cicatrisant, Sedative
Chemical Family Sesquiterpenes, Sesquiterpenols
Approx. Shelf Life 8 years
Plant Parts Wood
Note Classification Base
Method of Extraction Steam Distilled
Blends well with Cedarwood, Citronella, Cypress, Ginger, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Rosemary, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang

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History: Believed to be sandalwood up to the late 1880s, amyris shares much with its fellow fragrant woody plant, though it has a pleasantly dry and subtle aroma of its own. In 1886, Amyris' scientific name was changed because it was not a species of sandalwood. The wood used in fires was so saturated with oil that it burned very easily like candles or torches.  Its lightly lingering scent makes it a perfect base for perfumes and incense, and contributes to its popularity as an aid in meditation. In line with its soothing qualities, amyris is also used to ease sleeplessness and guide the restless to slumber. Additionally, research shows that it helps ward off insects, including ticks and mosquitos, thanks to one of its key components, elemol. Warm, earthy and inviting, amyris, with its sweet and balsamic qualities, is ideal for those seeking moments of calmness and clarity.

Characteristics: Medium strength. Warm, woody and slightly sweet in scent.

Clinical Studies:

Indications:  Used for lymphatic and veinous decongestant, to support the heart (tonic) and to treat hemorrhoids. It also helps to deepen the breath and loosens tight muscles.

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Subtle Aromatherapy:

Mode of Administration: Bath (may need fixed oil), inhaler, light bulb ring, massage, mist spray, steam inhalation.

Safety: Untested, skin sensitizer.

 

References:
Battaglia, S.  The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2005
Tisserand R. Young R.  Essential Oil Safety, second edition.  Churchhill Livingstone, UK, 2013
Sheppard-Hanger S. The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual.  Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy, USA, 2000
Caddy R. Essential Oils in Colour.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2005
Lawless J. The encyclopaedia of Essential Oils.  Element Books Limited, GB, 1992
Caddy R. the Essential Blending Guide.  Amberwood Publishing, UK, 2007
Weaver W.W. Sauer’s Herbal Cures.  Routledge, UK, 2001
World Wide Web Encyclopeadia Britannica. USA, 2014
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Safety Considerations:
        Do not take essential oils internally.
        Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
        Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution refer to an aromatherapy text).
        The information on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.
        Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting a healthcare provider.
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        You should not use this information for treating a health problem or disease or to make a self-diagnosis.
        Contact your Health Care provider immediately if you suspect that you have a medical problem.
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    Amyris (Amyris balsamifera)

    Amyris (Amyris balsamifera)

    Originating in North America, amyris is a flowering shrub that was mistaken for sandalwood until the late 19th century. Along with other plants that have high resin content, amyris is commonly referred to as a "torchwood" or “candlewood” due to its essential oil-saturated wood, which burns like a candle.

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