Sandalwood Amyris (Amyris balsamifera)
A warm woody oil, Sandalwood Amyris is a cheaper alternative to pure sandalwood, being a 50% blend of both Sandalwood and Amyris essential oils, but its properties are in no way inferior. Sandalwood Amyris is a natural disinfectant, and aphrodisiac, a detoxifier and an insect repellant. Use this oil to stave off the signs of ageing, boost your immune system and reduce feelings of anxiety.
What does Sandalwood Amyris smell like?
Similar in fragrance to sandalwood, Sandalwood Amyris is soft, woody and warm. It has high notes of pepper and ginger, that quickly fades to a delicate and weak, woody-vanilla aroma.
Where does Sandalwood Amyris originate from?
Native from the lush caribbean island of Haiti, amyris oil is distilled from the wood and branches of the evergreen Amyris balsamifera and is often referred to as sandalwood Amyris due to it being a cheaper alternative to genuine sandalwood.
Little known fact: Sandalwood is the second most expensive wood in the world and members of the Sandalwood genus are commonly known as “Torchwoods” on account of their highly flammable wood.
What are the properties of Sandalwood Amyris essential oil?
A stimulant for neural pathways, amyris oil improves cognitive function - great for improving concentration, memory retention and focus. With its uplifting scent and penchant for delivering clarity of mind, this oil is great to use for meditation, helping to focus the mind on your goals. Other fantastic qualities of the Amyris oil include:
- It is a natural antiseptic
- Has aphrodisiac qualities
- It is anti-aging
- It boosts the immune system
- It relieves stress, anxiety and helps to get a good night’s sleep
- It keeps pesky insects at bay as it is a natural insect repellent
- Helps relieve respiratory infections
- It detoxifies the body
- It freshens the aroma in the home - use as few drops to clean work surfaces for a fresher smelling home
How to use Sandalwood Amyris essential oil
Give you home a calming, positive aura by burning or diffusing Sandalwood essential oil. The fresh fragrance will infiltrate your home, leaving you and any guests feeling content and peaceful.
Add a few drops of Sandalwood Amyris essence to pot-purri to stave off any insects around the home. Burning or diffusing the oil will also have the same effect.
Mix Sandalwood Amyris with a carrier oil and massage into the chest to soothe a sore throat and chest and ease congestion. The antioxidant qualities of the oil also help to boost your immune system, helping you to fight off a troublesome cough or cold.
If you’re looking to detox your life, diffuse Sandalwood Amyris in your home. Inhaling the essence over a long period can aid the urinary and digestive system as well as stimulating the sweat glands. The antioxidants help you to cleanse your system and help you on your way to any physical gains you’re trying to achieve.
Sandalwood Amyris essential oil recipes
Stretch Mark Balm
Rapidly increasing body size can cause your skin to stretch, creating beautiful ripples across the body. Use this balm on your skin during pregnancy or weight/mass gain to prevent stretch marks, or use on new marks to aid skin recovery, turning them into silvery tiger stripes that you can wear with pride. The fragrant mix of Patchouli, Sandalwood Amyris and Sweet Orange oil will leave you with a woody, earthy and bohemian scent that also helps to clarify and clear the mind.
To create your own balm, melt the Cocoa butter, Coconut oil, Shea butter and Almond oil in a double boiler. Once fully blended, let the mixture cool. Mic the Sandalwood Amyris, Patchouli and Sweet orange oil together in a small bottle and roll between your hands to blend the oils thoroughly before adding to your butter mixture. Store in a sterile container in a cool, dark place. Melt the butter onto warm skin morning and night, focus on any darker marks and massage into the skin in small circles.
- 1 cup Coconut oil
- 1/4 cup Cocoa Butter
- 1/8 cup Shea Butter
- 1/8 cup Almond oil
- 15 drops Sandalwood Amyris oil
- 15 drops Patchouli oil
- 15 drops Sweet Orange oil
Top tip: You can substitute Patchoil for Neroli or Rose oil, for a more floral fragrance that will also firm and soften the skin.
Romantic Massage Oil
You’ll find a few of these across the Primal Story site, but this one is a personal favourite of ours. The earthy warming scents of Sandalwood Amyris, combined with Ylang-ylang’s, delicate custard-like fragrance melts away the initial punch of the orange and leads into the musky fragrance of ginger and sharp patchouli. It’s a perfect oil to transport you to exotic places and leave you with a smile on your face.
Blend your essences together before merging with a carrier oil. Massage over the body, focussing on pulse points and erogenous zones. What happens next is up to you, but make sure you store you oil in a sterile container in a cool, dark place.
- 8 drops Sandalwood oil
- 3 drops Orange oil
- 2 drops Patchouli oil
- 1 drop Ylang-ylang oil
- 1 drop Ginger oil
- Carrier oil of your choice
Oils to compliment Sandalwood Amyris oil
- Black pepper
- Clary sage
Anything to note?
Avoid using if pregnant or if you suffer from diabetes. The oil should not be digested as it can cause severe stomach upset and it can also cause skin irritation, so a patch test should be performed prior to use. Keep out of reach of children and store in a cool, dark place.