Sandalwood (west indian) essential oil
Amyris, Sandalwood West Indian, Rosewood West Indian.
- Botanical (and family):
Amyris balsamifera. Family Rutaceae
- Description of plant:
A small tree, evergreen, with compound leaves and lovely white flowers. The bark emits a valuable resinous fluid.
Steam distillation of pieces of wood and branches.
A viscous liquid of pale yellow, or brownish-yellow colour, with a faintly woody, slightly oily-sweet, balsamic note. It rapidly loses the rich, complex odour, fading to a weak, woody-balsamic note.
- Odour effects:
No known contra-indications other than that the aroma might not be pleasing to everybody.
Main chemical constituents:
Caryophyllene, cadinene – 20%
Amyrolin – 1%
Furfural – 9%
Cadinol, balsamiol – 70%
Properties and indications:
Possibly effective in easing nervous tension.
A soothing, sedative quality. Could ease coughs and chest complaints. Helpful in bringing down blood pressure. Could also have an effect on urinary complaints.
May have a drying effect on the skin, and some anti-inflammatory properties.
Perfume, cosmetics, soaps and liqueurs.
- Blends well with:
- Benzoin, Clary sage, Elemi, Frankincense, Galbanum, Geranium, Jasmine, Lavender, Melissa, Rose, Rosewood, Ylang-Ylang.