Latin name: Amyris balsamifera
Source country: Caribbean, Asia
Appearance: Very thick yellow viscous liquid
Aroma: Soft, woody, deep, base note.
Derivation: Steam distillation of the bark of the tree
Chemicals: Mostly made up of sesquiterpene alcohols. The two main constituents are
valerainiol (25%-45%) and eudesmol (30%). There is a very large number of minor
chemical constituents including zingaberene, bisabolene, and elemol. The combination of
pure elemol and amyris has been shown to repel ticks.
Uses: Although it is classed as sandalwood, it is not therapeutically as effective as
mysore sandalwood - which is very expensive and endangered. Due to its extreme base
note it is widely used in perfumery as a base note and also as a fixative since it tends to
hold lighter more volatile aromas and release them slowly. In aromatherapy it is used
mainly in vapourising but it is used as a substitute for mysore sandalwood although the scent is less strong and less appealing. It blends well with other woody scents such as pine, frankincense, cedarwood oils. It is reputed to be quite effective in repelling mosquitoes - as opposed to some other essential oils.
Note: As with all pure essential oils, dilute appropriately with a suitable carrier oil
before using on the skin. Do not take essential oils internally