Essential Oil of the Month: Amyris (Torchwood) Calming to the Body and Mind!

Amyris: generic name is derived from the Greek word αμυρων (amyron), which means “intensely scented” and refers to the strong odor of the resin; it is also known as West Indian Sandalwood. Is known as a Torchwood because of the highly flammable wood.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Rutaceae
Subfamily: Toddalioideae
Genus: Amyris
Type species
Amyris balsamifera

Is a type of balsam.

Blends well with:  masculine scents & Citronella, Geranium, Lavandin, Lavender, Nagarmotha, Oakmoss, Cedarwood, Patchouli, Sassafras, Sandalwood, Vetiver, & Ylang Ylang.

Used as a substitute for sandalwood, though scent profiles are different.

Note: base & fixative

Part used: wood

Steam distilled

Chakra: Sacral

Chakra color: orange

Scent profile: It has a hidden note of sweet dry earthy vanilla is similar to Benzoin Absolute, cedar (woody) with balsamic notes.

Used as: Antiseptic, deodorant, emollient, sedative, improves circulation. Very calming to the skin and the mind; considered an aphrodisiac.

Essential Oil should not be applied directly to the skin but in carrier oils, putting the oils directly on the skin is too harsh due to their concentrated form. Add a few drops essential oil to the carrier oil.

If you are pregnant, receiving cancer treatment, or have a weakened immune system the use of essential oils is not recommended!

While essential oil will not go rancid, carrier oils can. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dry, and dark place.


While I’ve attempted to use credible sources for information, this is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. If there is a disparity between the information presented within this blog and the advice given by your medical professional, please follow the medical professional’s advice as he/she will know you and your medical circumstances.

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