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28 January 2022 / Caitlin Devlin

Amyris Essential Oil: History, Uses and Benefits

Amyris essential oil can grant us younger skin and a more peaceful state of mind.

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West Indian Sandalwood shavings.

Sometimes called West Indian Sandalwood, amyris has gained a lot of notoriety as a sandalwood substitute.

The wood was actually mistaken for sandalwood until the late seventeenth century, when the leaves were studied and the error was realised.

Since then, amyris has been used to clean and treat wounds and support the respiratory system, and its fresh, woody scent has remained a popular alternative to sandalwood in perfumery.

It should be noted, however, that even though the scent of the two oils may be close enough to trade them for each other, they are distilled from different plants and therefore have different uses and benefits.

Amyris essential oil is great for skin.

Amyris oil contains many antioxidant components, namely valerianol and three types of eudesmol.

Antioxidants are not only useful for protecting the overall health of the body, but they can also be highly beneficial for skin. They can help to prevent inflammation and irritation as well as signs of premature aging, promoting a youthful appearance.

Amyris oil is also an emollient, which means that it can naturally soften the skin and improve texture. Its antibacterial properties can deeply cleanse pores and remove unwanted microbes from the skin, helping to prevent breakouts.

All in all, amyris oil can keep skin clear, young and glowing.

West Indian Sandalwood shavings (2).

It can help treat coughs and colds.

Amyris oil has often been used to treat coughs and colds over the years. Its anti-inflammatory abilities are useful for soothing sore throats, whilst its antibacterial properties can help it to attack the cause of the symptoms.

Research has also shown that amyris oil can be particularly useful when it comes to treating respiratory tract infections.

A study in 2021 found that amyris showed significant activity against nine pathogens responsible for respiratory tract infections, suggesting that the oil can help to quickly treat the responsible bacteria and efficiently clear up infections.

It’s a natural cleaning agent.

It’s well documented that amyris oil has strong antibacterial properties. The oil is often used to combat a wide range of pathogens in the body, on the skin and in the home.

One study in 2020 found that amyris oil actually showed stronger activity against the bacteria responsible for a staph infection than the known persister drug, tosufloxacin.

Amyris is also an effective insect repellent. It has historically been used to repel mosquitoes when diffused, sprayed, or used in candles, and research in 2010 also showed that it was repellent to two different species of ticks.

Using amyris oil in homemade cleaning sprays can help to keep both insects and harmful bacteria out of your home.

It relieves stress and promotes sleep.

Amyris is considered a calming, stress-relieving oil, able to reduce symptoms of anxiety and boost positivity.

It is also used to promote sleep and improve symptoms of insomnia, especially insomnia triggered by stress. Diffusing amyris in your living space can help to keep stress levels low and promote healthy sleeping patterns.

    Although it has a similar scent, amyris is far more than just a second-rate sandalwood. It is an incredibly useful oil in its own right, with many soothing, protective benefits for our bodies.

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    Amyris Essential Oil 10ml Bottle | Nikura

    Product Name

    100% Pure Amyris Essential Oil
    Botanical Name Amyris Balsamifera
    Scent Type Earthy
    Benefits & Uses Skin, Insect Repellent, Sleeping Aid
    Suitable for Diffusers? Yes, this amyris essential oil is perfect for diffusers.
    Suitable for Candles and Soaps? Yes, this amyris essential oil is perfect for candle and soap making.
    Extraction Method Steam Distillation
    Bottle Type Tamper proof and UV resistant


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