Rosewood Essential Oil

Aniba Rosaeodora

Rosewood Essential Oil is great for anxiety/stress, depression, nervous tension & headache.

Rosewood has analgesic, antibacterial and antiseptic properties which can prevent infection and help heal abrasions, minor cuts and injuries. Its ability to regenerate tissue means it can even reduce scarring. 

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What is Rosewood Essential Oil?

Let's start with some basic information; a brief description of where the oil comes from, what it contains and how it is obtained. The following information is provided by Bill Fifield in his book "Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy".

This is a book that I highly recommend by the way.

About Rosewood Essential Oil

Family:  Lauraceae
Origins:  Native of the South American rainforests of Brazil and Peru.
Other Names:  Bois de rose, Brazilian rosewood
Description:  Mid-sized tropical evergreen with red bark and yellow flowers. Endangered because it is being used for timber in clearing the rain forests of South America.
Extraction:  Essential oil by steam distillation
Botanical Part Used: Wood chips

Principal Constituents:  Linalol (80-90%), cineol, terpineol, geraniol, citronellal, limonene, pinene and others. 

Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
by Bill Fifield  (forward by Dr. Daniel Penoel)

Methods of Application


  • Possible skin sensitivity
  • Consult your physician before using if pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition 

People with sensitive skin should also be careful when using rosewood oil.

Rosewood oil, especially at full strength, is not recommended for very young children, as well. 

  • Aromatically - Can be inhaled or diffused into the air
  • Topical - Can be applied to the skin (may require dilution with a carrier oil)
  • Dilute - Requires dilution with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil
  • Sensitive Skin - Should be used with caution on delicate skin; a carrier oil may be useful

Suggested Uses


Rosewood Essential Oil has a high linalool (80-90%) content which makes it very effective at easing conditions such as anxiety and stress. 

Mix with aloe and coconut oil at a 50:50 ratio and massage your hands and feet.

Other Oils for Anxiety

Main Page - Anxiety Treatment

Cold and Flu

Rosewood Essential Oil can be used to fight off a cold or flu because it is known to stimulate the immune system and fight off infections and fevers.

Use it daily along with fractionated coconut in a 50:50 blend over the lung bronchus areas of both feet.

You can also use it in an aromatic bath by adding 10-15 drops in a cup of Epsom Salts to the bath water. Alternately, you can add it to a foot bath.

Other Oils for Cold & Flu   Main Page - Cold & Flu

Emotional Balance

Rosewood Essential Oil works on depression, nervous tension, stress, headache and anxiety.

Massage your hands and feet with a 50:50 blend of Rosewood and fractionated coconut oil.

Take an aromatic bath using 10-15 drops of Rosewood in one cup of Epsom Salts.

Use a diffuser with 4-6 drops in a half cup of water.

Other Oils for Emotional Balance


Rosewood Essential Oil can help with a headache. see "Emotional Balance" above.

Other Oils for Headache/Migraine

Main Page - Remedy for Headache   Main Page - Migraine Remedy


Rosewood Essential Oil has analgesic, antibacterial and antiseptic properties.

It can treat insect bites, abrasions and minor cuts when applied topically. Soak a cotton ball with Rosewood and apply it to the affected area.

It can be used to regenerate tissue. This property makes it effective in the treatment of conditions such as:

  • acne
  • dermatitis
  • dry skin
  • scars
  • sensitive skin
  • wounds
  • wrinkles

Other Oils for Healing   Main Page Healing Oil


Rosewood Essential Oil can be used to prevent infection in minor wounds. It can also assist in speeding up the healing process.

Soak a cotton ball in the oil and apply directly to the injury. Serious injuries should be referred for medical attention.

Other Oils for Infection

Reproductive System

For PMS put 10-15 drops of Rosewood Essential Oil in a cup of Epsom Salts and enjoy a relaxing bath. This also works great for a vaginal fungal infection.

Other Oils for the Reproductive System

Respiratory System

Rosewood Essential Oil can help to strengthen your immune system so you can fight off a cold or cough.

Massage the respiratory areas of your feet daily with a 50:50 blend of Rosewood and fractionated coconut oil.

Put 10-15 drops in a cup of Epsom Salts and take a nice aromatic bath or use half the concentration and use it in a foot bath.

Very good for bronchial-pulmonary conditions.

Other Oils For Your Respiratory System   Main Page - Respiratory Problems


Rosewood Essential Oil helps to regenerate tissue so it can be used to remove or reduce scarring. 

Add a drop to a green clay masque for application to your face and neck.

For other topical applications, use it in a 50:50 blend with your choice of carrier oil.

It is very good for sensitive skin.

Other Oils for Scarring

Skin Treatment

Rosewood Essential Oil can be used to treat a wide range of skin issues or conditions:

  • acne
  • dermatitis
  • dry skin
  • scars
  • sensitive skin
  • wounds
  • wrinkles

For your face and neck, add a drop of Rosewood Essential Oil to a green clay masque once or twice a week.

Rosewood is safe enough to apply undiluted on wrinkles and sensitive skin but if needed you can dilute it with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut.    

Other Oils for Your Skin   Main Page - Skin Treatment

Stress Management

Rosewood Essential Oil can help with stress. see "Emotional Balance" above.

For stress while traveling take some Rosewood in an inhaler for use whenever needed.

Other Oils for Stress   Main Page - Stress Management

Combine With Other Oils

Blends well with:

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