Have you ever usedamyris essential oil in massage to get relief from stress, or applied cold compress to a bruise after a bad fall? If you have, those are simple ways to heal naturally without drugs/medications. Likewise, Simply Earth provides eco-friendly products -pure grade essential oils that can provide a way of healing that has been practiced since ancient years by natives around the world. People choose essential oils because they are a natural, simple, safe, fast and low-tech method of treatment.
Amyris plant got its name from the Greek word ‘Amyron’ (meaning intensely scented). Amyris was first called by other names such asbalsam torchwood, candle wood, Buddha wood andWest Indian sandalwood among others. The given names were mainly based on the quality of its wood which was used for torches and candles for different lighting needs while emitting a lovely aroma. The thick, rich oil in the wood renders it highly combustible with a long lasting flame.
It was only in the late 1800s that amyris got its own botanical name ‘Amyris Balsamifera’ when its leaves were studied and classified belonging to species different from that of sandalwood. Even if the tree has been mistakenly identified as sandalwood in history, the plant’s oil was effectively used in cleaning wounds, treating diarrhea, influenza, respiratory ailments and as fragrance. It was used for in early factory-made adhesives after being found handy in remote dwellings who used amyris raw resin as a paste for domestic use.
Like many other aromatic plants producing essential oils, amyris is an evergreen bushy tree belonging to the citrus family of Rutaceae. This small tree can grow up to 8 meters tall. Amyris trees sprout from seeds in the wild especially in Haiti and the Dominican Republic but they are also farmed in other countries with favorable tropical climates for oil and lumber production.
The bark of amyris tree is rough and dark-colored. The leaves are a lively green and the beautiful flowers are pure white; both smell citrusy when crushed. The fruits are fleshly, well-loved by birds who spread the seeds to germinate in the wild. To extract theall- natural essential oil, amyris wood must be processed by steam distillation. This oil is produced around the world; Simply Earth uses the 100% pure essential oil from the Dominican Republic.
Amyris essential oilis famous for its gentle woody, sweet balsamic fragrance with a slight vanilla-like touch. It blends well with amber, rose, cedarwood, lavender, geranium, ylang-ylang and other woody fragrances. In addition, the consistency of this pure, pale yellow essential oil is quite thick that it is not possible to use a euro dropper cap dispenser like that of other thin oils.
A euro dropper cap doesn’t come with amyris essential oil because it is thick; it won’t come out drop-by-drop. For this oil and other thick oils, a glass dropper can work well. But, it is not advisable to use the glass dropper with its rubber head-pump as essential oil lid/cover. Store your oil with the screw-type cap that comes with the bottle. Clean your glass dropper with alcohol. Consider it neat and organized to designate a separate glass dropper for every thick essential oil.
Amyris (Amyris balsamifera) and Sandalwood (Sandalum album) are from different plant families, but both their essential oils are produced from woods by steam distillation. However, sandalwood’s heartwood is the part used while amyris’s trunks and branches are harvested for oil and lumber too. The heartwood is composed of the inner rings of the wood. It takes almost 40 years before a sandalwood tree can be harvested for its oil.
That explains why sandalwood essential oil is rare and why it commands an extremely high price. Sandalwood trees have a very long maturity period before becoming oil productive. Sandalwood trees that grow wild are exploited for its valuable oil; lumber is only secondary. Don’t worry folks! We haveamyris essential oil – sandalwood alternate!
Extreme care is necessary in choosing essential oils for body health care and as ingredient to foods and home cleaning recipes. Amyris is considered generally safe to use but those with highly sensitive skin may want to check first through a skin patch test or consult a health professional about essential oils. Even the diluted forms of some essential oils may cause reactions to sensitive skin types.
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Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor.