Amyris Essential Oil (Amyris balsamifera)


Amyris may also be referred to as West Indian Sandalwood. It is typically processed in South America, Central America and in the West Indies using steam distillation as a method for extracting oil from the wood & branches.


Amyris oil has antiseptic, sedative, decongestant, and emollient properties. It is beneficial for helping calm your mind and relaxing your muscles. This herbal oil helps in improving mental clarity and making you feel at peace.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description: Faintly woody, slightly sweet, reminiscent of Sandalwood
  • Common Name(s): West Indian Sandalwood
  • Synonyms(s) for Amyris balsamifera: Amyris funckiana, Elemifera balsamifera, Schimmelia oleifera

  • Botanical Family: Rutaceae
  • Botanical Genus: Amyris
  • Chemical Family: Sesquiterpenes, Sesquiterpenols
  • Major Compounds: Valerianol, a-Eudesmol, 7-epi-a-Eudesmol, 10-epi-Gamma-Eudesmol, Elemol
  • Perfumery Note: Base
  • Consistency: Thick
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
  • Color: Viscous pale yellow
  • Countries of Production: South America, Central America and in the West Indies
  • Indigenous Country: Haiti
  • Cultivation: Wild Harvested
  • Processing Methods: Steam Distillation
  • Part Typically Used: Wood & branches
  • Shelf Life: 4-8 years
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Benefits & Uses

Benefits of Amyris:

Antiseptic, balsamic, sedative, calming and an aid to stress relief. It has sedative properties and helps during meditation. Muscle relaxant, emollient, soothing agent, stimulant.

Therapeutic Benefits of Amyris:

Anti-anxiety Anti-septic Calming Cicatrisant Sedative

Other Uses for Amyris:

It has antiseptic, balsamic, sedative & calming properties and aids in providing relief from stress. It also acts as muscle relaxant, soothing agent, emollient and stimulant. Further, it is also used as a room fragrance or mood fragrance, fixative or as component of soap fragrance. It also has limited use in flavoring work especially liqueurs. Amyris essential oil has been used for wound washes, influenza, childbirth recovery, diarrhea.


Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Amyris:

If pregnant, nursing or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Discontinue use if skin sensitivity occurs. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use undiluted on skin. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use on broken skin or on abrasions. Do not use internally, unless directed by a licensed Aromatherapist or physician.

Safety Precautions for Amyris:

May be harmful if swallowed

Do not:


Safe for:

Kids 2+

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