Rosewood essential oilis steam distilled from the wood of the Brazilian rosewood tree, which is an endangered species (buy it here). This tree is known botanically as the Anibarosaeodora. The oil produced from this wonderful tree is especially good for treating skin disorders and improving skin health, but it has many other great uses.
It has analgesic, antibacterial, anticonvulsive, antidepressant, antimicrobial, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, bactericidal, cephalic, deodorant, insecticidal, stimulant and tonic therapeutic properties. Rosewood EO can be produced from wood shavings from the tree as a by-product. Please make certain the rosewood oil you buy was sourced responsibly.
1. Get Rid of Acne
Mix 2 to 3 drops of rosewood essential oil into 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Moisturize with the blend twice each day after washing. You can use any type of carrier oil with rosewood. Jojoba is an excellent carrier oil for acne-prone skin as it helps regulate the production of sebum.
Sebum is the oily substance produced by our skin that causes acne. Argan oil also regulates sebum production but it is a lighter oil. You may prefer it, if you have oily skin.
2. Improve Skin Health and Appearance
Add 1 to 2 drops of rosewood essential oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and use it to improve your skin’s overall health and appearance. Put a few drops of the blend in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together to warm it up then lightly pat it over your skin. Again, any carrier oil is fine for use with rosewood. You might like to try rosehip or rosehip seed oil with rosewood. It is very good for the skin.
*A 1% to 3% dilution rate (1 to 3 drops of essential oil per teaspoon of carrier oil) is fine for everyday use.Stronger dilution rates should only be used for 10 days to 2 weeks at a time.*
3. Treat Dermatitis, Eczema and Psoriasis
Use a 2% to 3% rosewood EO/carrier oil blend to treat eczema and psoriasis. Apply the blend twice each day. Coconut oil is an excellent carrier oil for eczema and psoriasis conditions as it has healing benefits of its own.
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4. Reduce the Appearance of Scars
Apply the 2% to 3% rosewood essential oil/carrier oil blend to scars to improve their appearance. It actually enhances the skin’s ability to generate new, healthy skin cells. Rosehip oil is a good carrier oil for this use.
5. Improve Circulation
Practice rosewood essential oil aromatherapy to improve blood circulation. Put 1/4 to 1/2 cup of distilled water in your diffuser, add 4 to 6 drops or rosewood oil and turn it on for 30 to 60 minutes. You can also add 10 drops of a 5% rosewood/carrier oil blend to a warm bath for this benefit.
6. Prevent Irritation to Sensitive Skin
Apply a 1% to 2% rosewood EO/carrier oil blend to sensitive skin to prevent irritation from heat, cold and dry weather as well as other common skin irritants.
7. Reduce Anxiety and Stress
Practice rosewood essential oil aromatherapy to reduce anxiety and stress. Add 4 to 6 drops to your diffuser, along with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of distilled water, and enjoy a relaxing 30- to 60-minute aromatherapy session. If you suffer from anxiety when you are away from home, take the rosewood essential oil bottle with you and inhale the vapors directly from it when you feel your anxiety or stress levels elevating.
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8. Alleviate Fatigue
Use rosewood EO to alleviate fatigue. It provides this benefit in two ways: it relaxes you so you can get a good night’s sleep then it lifts your mood and helps you become more alert, putting a little pep in your step. Run your diffuser for 30 to 60 minutes before you go to bed then set it up so you can turn it on first thing in the morning. You can also add 10 drops of a 5% rosewood/carrier oil blend to warm bathwater and enjoy a relaxing bath before bed. Rosehip seed oil would be an excellent carrier oil for this use.
*Place a drop of a 2% rosewood essential oil/carrier oil blend on an inconspicuous area of skin andwait for at least a few hours to make sure you aren’t sensitive to it.*
9. Recover from Jet Lag
Practice rosewood essential oil aromatherapy to recover from jet lag more quickly. It helps your mind and body bounce back by helping you relax so that you can get a quick power nap here and there and also by boosting your ability to be alert when you are awake.
10. Get Relief from PMS
Take a warm, relaxing bath with 10 drops of a 5% rosewood/carrier oil blend added into the water for relief from emotional and physical discomforts associated with PMS. Rosewood aromatherapy can also help with this. Try applying a 2% to 3% rosewood essential oil/carrier oil blend to your abdomen and lower back for relief from cramps and lower back pain.
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11. Treat Bronchial Infections
Massage a 5% rosewood essential oil/carrier oil blend into your chest, throat and back to treat bronchial infections. Its therapeutic properties will absorb into your skin and waft up into your sinuses. Rosewood EO aromatherapy is also beneficial for upper respiratory infections. You can add equal amounts of rosewood oil (buy it here), eucalyptus oil (buy it here) and peppermint oil (buy it here)to coconut oil, olive oil and bees wax for a powerful vapor rub, too.
12. Reduce Fever
Practice rosewood aromatherapy or apply a rosewood oil/carrier oil blend to bring a fever down. Its cephalic properties cool the head naturally.
13. Treat Tonsillitis
Mix 1 to 2 drops of rosewood essential oil into an 8-ounce glass of water and gargle with it to help treat tonsillitis. You can also massage a 5% rosewood/carrier oil blend into the throat for this benefit.
14. Get Relief from Headaches
15. Alleviate Pain
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