Rosewood Essential Oil

The beautiful aroma of rosewood essential oil oil is gentle and blends well with other oils.  It is an aphrodisiac for some, and has been found to assist in the process of recovery from sexual abuse.

Energetically, it is lightening and uplifting.  It increases compassion and helps depression, fatigue, and jet lag.

It links the root and crown chakras, helping us to ground our energies and stay present in the physical world.

Aromatic Profile

Top Note:  Soft, sweet, floral, woody notes

Heart Note:  Delicate, fresh, green,sweet,  herbaceous, notes

Base Note:  Green, woody, floral, medicinal notes

Classification:  Heart note

Tenacity:  Medium

In natural perfumery, rosewood essential oil raises the frequency of other oils in blends.  It harmonizes dissimilar aromas into a cohesive and complimentary aromatic bouquet.  It is used to create colognes, herbal perfumes, and florals.

It blends well with juniper berrymarjoramfennel, and fenugreek oils, among many others.

More About Rosewood Essential Oil

Source:  Brazil

Distillation:  Steam distilled from wild harvested leaves, branches and twigs

Botanical name:  Aniba roseodora

Note:  This wild-harvested oil from Brazil is distilled from twigs and leaves rather than 40 year old heartwood trees, making it a much more sustainable choice.

Cautions:  Beware of purchasing rosewood from commercially branded sources.  Much of the rosewood oil produced is actually a combination of geranium and palmarosa essential oils with a small amount of sandalwood added.

Note: It is currently illegal to import rosewood essential oil to the United States. We do offer an essential oil blend from France that imitates the aroma of rosewood oil, available here.

Homeopathic Properties of Rosewood Essential Oil


Internal–oral homeopathic dosage, inhalation, diffusion, suppository

Externaltopical application, skin, bath, massage, spinal and local compress, energy centers and meridian points

Observations and Anecdotal Information

Some species of rosewood are on the endangered species list, and after careful consideration, we have chosen to discontinue to offer this rare and beautiful oil. Even so, we hold with the understanding that boycotting an herbal product does not necessarily contribute to its return to health and balance.

Seeking out reliable sources who are working to produce these oils sustainably, and supporting them, does contribute, and that is what we have done up to this point. However, since it is now an endangered species, we have stopped carrying it until the legality issue is resolved.

As my indigenous elders continually remind me, if we stop honoring and using the gifts that are offered, we become disconnected from the whole of life.  It is better to use what is offered from a plant species,  give thanks for it, appreciate it, continue to use it respectfully and modestly, and send prayers for its speedy recovery!

This is how the indigenous elders supported the return of the Bald Eagle and the salmon runs when both were decimated years ago in Alaska.  Within a few short years, both of these species grew strong, and the bald eagle had been officially removed from the endangered species list.

This may seem like a naive or oversimplified belief, yet when one begins to comprehend the power that our actions and intentions carry to manifest change, this perspective resonates with truth.

This beautiful and powerful rosewood essential oil is a relaxant without making one sleepy or drowsy.  It makes a wonderful addition to blends for massage and spinal oil treatments, bringing a sense of calm, centering, and emotional stability.

It is a great anti-viral, which is often a hidden factor in  heart ailments.  And it is so gentle that it can be used for massage on children and even babies when properly diluted.

Rosewood relaxes, stabilizes, and balances the nervous system, and can relieve headache and nausea.

A lymphatic system cleanser, rosewood essential oil is also a good oil for use as an underarm deodorant, working on two levels at once; stimulating circulation in the lymph glands and deodorizing.

It can be used to treat vaginal candida infections, by putting several drops of oil on a tampon and inserting it vaginally overnight.


  • Generally recognized as safe at normal dosage.
  • Keep all essential oils away from eyes.
  • Store in a safe place, out of the reach of children.
  • All internal uses should be researched and/or supported by a health care professional.  Product quality and dosage are critically important when using essential oils internally.

Essential oils are recognized or approved by the FDA.  They are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.  This information is anecdotal, and is provided for educational purposes only.  It is not meant to be taken as medical advice.  See a health care professional for medical advice.

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