Rosewood Aniba roseodora is a member of the Lauraceae family. Rosewood trees grow and are harvested in the rain forests of South America, being native to the tropical areas around the Amazon River. They can reach a height of 125 feet and have a reddish bark and yellow flowers. Brazil supplies most of the world’s supply of rosewood. In order to prevent the extinction of these trees or the deforestation of the ecologically sensitive area, Brazil has put legislation into place that require distilleries to plant a new tree for each tree cut down. However there are other sources who say that this doesn’t happen. These sources have called for a ban on using this essential oil. One should keep in mind that most of the trees are felled for their wood and not for essential oil production. As the oil is distilled from wood chips, there are distillers who are using the off cuts from other industries using Rosewood for their steam distillations. The yield varies from around 0.7 – 1.2%. Rosewood contains around 90% alcohols linalool, geraniol, nerol, α-terpineol. The aroma is sweet, floral and woody and well with most essential oils, especially citrus, florals and woods.
Psychologically, rosewood can be helpful for nervous depression, nervous tension, stress related disorders, low energy and overwork. While on a physiological level it has been found to help a hang-over and jet lag. It can also be used for many skin conditions. On a subtle level Rosewood is said to open the Inner-Ear and promote compassion. Rosewood brings in positive energy and dissolves energy blockages. It can also promote self-acceptance. Rosewood can be used when one is feeling impatient about one’s spiritual progress or when one feels blocked in one’s spiritual growth. Rosewood is said to help balance one’s Heart and Soul’s desires with one’s physical needs and desires.
Contraindications:Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic.
Rosewood is now controlled as an endangered species by the Government of Brazil. It has appeared on the endangered species list since the early 1990s. It would appear that Brazilian legislation now requires one new tree be planted for each tree that is cut down.
Most people have moved to used Ho Wood or Ho Leaf instead of Rosewood.