Amyris essential oil is distilled from the wood of the tropical evergreen. Amyris tree can be found throughout the world, native to Haiti but now grows in parts of Asia, as well as the Caribbean and Central America.
The oil is extracted from wood chips of the tree. Its aroma is sweet and smoky. It has been used as a cheap substitute for East Indian Sandalwood (Santalum album).
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Amyris oil seems to slow the aging process and helps regenerate the skin. For this reason, it is often used in facial creams.
Amyris is antiseptic, balsamic, decongestant, emollient, muscle relaxant, sedative, and useful to soothe and soften dry, irritated skin. Used in massage oil or a bath it can ease sore and tired muscles.
It contains antiphlogistic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, balsamic, expectorant, fixative, hypotensive and sedative therapeutic properties. Used for lymphatic and veinous decongestant, to support the heart (tonic) and to treat haemorrhoids.
It also helps to deepen the breath and loosens tight muscles. It has been used to treat influenza and diarrhoea, and has been found effective as a mosquito repellent.
The essential oil helps with skin regeneration, and is an excellent home herbal remedy to treat wounds, dry skin and many other skin disorders.
It is important to note that the oil needs to be diluted in vegetable oil before applying it to the skin; it does not dissolve in water.
Amyris blends well with most other herb based essential oils and also with Benzoin, Clary Sage, Elemi and Frankincense. It is said to be very effective at alleviating cystitis and vaginal infections.
When used in a vaporiser, it helps ease anxiety and tension, insomnia, and acts as an aphrodisiac, relieving impotence and frigidity. It is used to treat coughs and colds, and bronchitis.