My newest aromatherapy acquisition is Rosewood, and I’m really enjoying this essential oil! Rosewood has a beautiful rosy, soft, herbal, woodsy-green scent. I’ve noticed it pairs wonderfully with Lavender and Cedarwood.
The Rosewood oil I have is steam distilled from the wood of the Aniha rosaeodora ducke trees, one of many varieties of Rosewood tree. Sometimes called the "Trees that bleed", Rosewood trees are also used for furniture and musical instruments. They are on the endangered species list due to unethical harvesting, so wildcrafting of this oil is not sustainable. This is an oil you want to make extra sure that you are purchasing from an ethical and sustainable source. Responsible harvesters of Rosewood usually trim from the top of the tree and leave the rest of the tree healthy and able to grow.
Energetically, Rosewood is a Heart Chakra oil. Rub a drop over your chest or inhale deeply the aroma of this calming oil to open and soften the heart. Rosewood is grounding and calming. It can help with creating an optimistic mood and relaxing before bedtime as a sedative. Therapeutically Rosewood helps with immune support. It can be antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and an immunostimulant. Use it as a middle note in a perfume blend.