Aniba roseodora is the source of Rosewood Essential Oil and from which it is distilled. It is a small evergreen tree now controlled as an endangered species by the Government of Brazil. It is highly valued and has been over harvested and over exploited and not much cultivated which has led to its endangered status. The Government in Brazil is now trying to cultivate it commercially. It has a reddish bark and heartwood. As a registered endangered species it can only be purchased ethically from Government sponsored auction in Brazil but this oil comes from sustainable sources in India.
It is often, because of the name, been confused with species of Dalbergia which is variously known as Brazilian Rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) or Indian Rosewood (Dalbergia latifolia) both of which are on the CITES register of endangered species too but have never been the source of the Essential oil of Rosewood and are not related at all . Rosewood Essential Oil comes ONLY from Aniba roseodora.
Reported Attributes of Rosewood Essential Oil:-
Traditional and Emotional uses reportedly include:-
It is regarded as a general balancer to the emotions and because of its distinctive scent it is highly valued in perfume.
Rosewood Essential Oil Blends Well With:-
Cedarwood, Frankincense, Geranium, Rosemary, Mandarin, Ylang Ylang.
Rosewood has been introduced to aromatherapy only recently.
Possible skin irritant