Amyris balsamifera is a plant native to the wooded area of Haiti and belonging to the Rutaceae family, that includes also oranges, lemons and grapefruits. The essential oil that is obtained through steam distillation of the wood and chopped sprigs of this evergreen small tree is called also West Indian sandalwood because of its aroma that reminds that of sandalwood but it is less deep, however it is cheaper and for this reason it represents a very interesting alternative. Let’s see the main uses.
Varicose veins, heavy legs
Amyris essential oil has decongestant properties for what concerns the lymphatic and venous system. For this reason it can be used in case of varicose veins, capillary fragility but also swollen and heavy legs. You can add 5 drops of this essential oil to a tablespoon of a plant based oil, such as, for example, wheat germ oil or sweet almond oil, and massage on the interested part.
Sedative, relaxing action
Amyris essential oil has a relaxing action, it acts against anxiety and stress. In addition to this, it can be helpful in order to relax the tired muscles and to soothe muscle pain. In order to benefit from these properties you can add two drops of essential oil to two tablespoons of a plant based oil you like and massage the part or, in alternative, you can prepare a restoring bath just by adding 10 drops of amyris essential oil to the water of the bath. There is also the possibility to diffuse the aroma of the essential oil in the room by using an oil burner, one drop each square meter.
Amyris essential oil is used to perfume the cosmetic products, such as, for example, the diy creams. It has also a protective action on the skin, it is able to stimulate the skin defenses and is antiseptic. It is suitable to be used together with other essential oils because it is a fixative in blends.