Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora)


Rosewood may also be referred to as cara-cara, pau rosa, pala rosa. It is typically processed using steam distilled as a method for extracting oil from the wood.

Essential Facts

  • Aroma Description:

    Floral Fruity Sweet Woody

  • Common Name(s): cara-cara, pau rosa, pala rosa
  • Synonyms(s) for Aniba rosaeodora: Aniba duckei, Aniba rosiodora var. amazonica

  • Botanical Family: Lauraceae
  • Botanical Genus: Aniba
  • Major Compounds: Linalool, a-Terpineol, (Z)-Linalool Oxide, (E)-Linalool Oxide, 1,8-Cineole
  • Perfumery Note: Middle
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
  • Color: Clear to Pale Yellow
  • Indigenous Country: Middle
  • Processing Methods: Steam Distilled
  • Part Typically Used: Wood
  • Vegan Vegan

Essential Details

Benefits & Uses

May be benefitial for addressing the following ailments:

Bronchia Bronchitis Convalescence Coughs Depression Eczema Headache Insect Bites Nervous Conditions / Tension Psoriasis Scar Tissue Spots ( Acne ) Stress

Therapeutic Benefits of Rosewood:


Cautions & Safety

Cautions when using Rosewood:

Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Rosewood Oil. However, they precaution to avoid use of the oil if it has oxidized. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 410.]

Safety Precautions for Rosewood:

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.