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  • Monograph - Amyris

    Monograph - Amyris

    Amyris (Amyris Balsamifera)

    This Amyris is wildcrafted in India and is part of the Rutaceae family.

    It is often referred to as being similar to sandalwood which many are familiar with.

    Amyris is steam distilled from the bark of fallen and dried trees.

    Chemical Composition

    Amyris contains valerianol (22 percent), beta-eudesmol (17 percent), gamma-eudesmol (11 percent) and elemol (10 percent).Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety(United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 212.] Caryphyllene, cadinene and cadinol. [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 82.]

    Cautions and contraindications

    Safety Information: Tisserand and Lawless both indicate that Amyris Oil appears to be non-toxic. [Robert Tisserand, Essential Oil Safety (United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone, 1995), 212.] [Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 82.]


    Amyris is used to help lift the spirit. I use it for clients with depression. It is also an excellent choice in a blend for diffusing during meditation. If you like making natural perfumes you will love this as a fixative.

    Therapeutic Actions

    Amyris oil has antiseptic, sedative, decongestant and emollient properties.

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