Somehow, there never seem to be enough hours in the day. There is always more to do, more to check off our lists. The value of Amyris essential oil is in its refreshing aroma that lifts away stress and anxiety. It also has many medicinal benefits.
Also known as West Indian Sandalwood or Indies Sandalwood, Amyris essential oil originates from the West Indies, specifically in Haiti. The soft aroma is reminiscent of resin oils like benzoin and it is often used as a perfume "fixative" to extend the fragrant life of a blend. True to the nature of base notes in general, it provides grounding and soothing qualities.
The essential oil, like many other resin oils, is said to have beneficial properties for the skin. The beauty of Amyris is its refreshing aroma. The essential oil lifts the spirit and helps instill a sense of calm.
In the past, Amyris was used in the fragrance industry to mimic Vetiver essential oil and today both aromatherapists and perfumers may substitute it for endangered or scarce species of Sandalwood.
The essential oil is derived from a tree that can take up to 30 years to produce oil. The tree grows to a height of 60 feet and bears white flowers that grow into black-bluish fruits. Amyris was used in its native habitat of the Caribbean region for its calming and sensual qualities. Surprisingly, this tree is in the citrus family.
Botanical Name: Amyris balsamifera
Method: Steam Distilled
Plant Part: Wood
Synonym: West Indian Sandalwood
Blends Well With: Cedarwood, and other woodsy aromas
Aroma: Woody, herbaceous, dry, and earthy
Color: Clear – Pale Yellow
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 4-8 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Just like many other woody oils, Amyris has a history in aromatherapy of helping to support body care and skin health, relieve dry skin as well as benefit the immune system. True to the nature of base notes in general, it provides grounding and emotionally soothing qualities, centering for the mind and is also incredibly beneficial for the skin. In blends this essential oil can help to lift the spirit and instill a sense of calm. Added to bath salts, Amyris goes great in a blend before bedtime.
- The wood of the Amyris tree is used to make this base note oil. Its Latin name is, Amyris balsamifera, and is actually part of the citrus family. In its native habitat of the Caribbean, the wood was used to calm the mind and body while adding a sensuous touch. One of its main components, Valerianol, also found in Valerian Root, has medicinal properties that benefit stress and anxiety relief as well as insomnia and sleep issues.
- Wood oils in general are safer to use than other essential oils. They have an affinity for skin health and with relieving anxiety and stress. Amyris is a 100% pure essential oil and according to Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Amyris used in safe dilutions has no contraindications or safety issues. We highly recommend doing a 24 hour skin patch test when using new essential oils on your skin.
- As a base note, Amyris is often used as a fixative in perfumes which helps to extend an aromatic fragrance. It has a very subtle and soft aroma with a sweet, balsamic and woody aroma that is reminiscent of resin oils like benzoin. It has been used as an adulterant or a substitute to East Indian Sandalwood as its soft, woody odor is quite similar in profile.
- Amyris and Sandalwood are not the same essential oil. Amyris is also known as West Indian Sandalwood oil and it originates in the West Indies. It has a similar aromatic profile and for this reason, Amyris is often used in the perfume industry to adulterate Sandalwood. It is used also in place of sandalwood in a number of commercial products such as incense, soap and candles.
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RELAX: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 10 drops of Amyris and 5 drops of Sweet Orange. Alternatively add 5-6 drops of Amyris, or the above blend, to your diffuser.
RELEASE: Add to a personal inhaler and inhale as needed: 7 drops of Amyris, 3 drops of Vetiver and 5 drops of Cedarwood (Atlas). Or add this blend to your Thera Lux Nebulizing Diffuser and diffuse for 15-30 minutes before bedtime and drift off to its serene scent.
LINEN SPRAY: Add to a 4 ounce spray bottle: 5 drops of Amyris, 5 drops of Cedarwood (Atlas), 5 drops of Vetiver and 5 drops of Orange, then fill with 3 oz of Lavender hydrosol [or water] and top off with grain alcohol. Shake well before misting over sheets or other linens.
SKIN CLEANSER: Add: 6 drops of Amyris to one ounce of your facial cleanser. (1% dilution)
SKIN TONER: In an amber glass spray bottle combine: 12 drops of Amyris, Polysorbate 20 (manufacturer's recommended amount) and 2 ounces of witch hazel for oily skin/rose water for dry or sensitive skin. Shake well to mix before spritzing on your face. Best if used after cleansing and before moisturizing. Shelf life: 1 week (1% dilution)
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