Amyris Essential Oil Profile

Amyris Essential Oil Profile

Hope Johnson
8 minute read

Amyris essential oil, also known as West Indian Sandalwood, is a popular essential oil that has a variety of uses and benefits. Much easier on the budget than Sandalwood made from santalum heartwood, the oil is extracted from the bark of the Amyris tree, which is native to the Caribbean and Central America.

Technical Information

amyris essential oil


  • Botanical Name: Amyris balsamifera

  • Common Name: Amyris, West Indian Sandalwood, Candlewood

  • Family: Rutaceae

  • Plant Part Used: Bark

  • Color: Light Yellow

  • Consistency: Thin

  • Extraction Method: Steam distillation

  • Aroma: Soft, Warm, Woody, Musty, Balsamic

Amyris essential oil has been used for centuries in traditional medicines and spiritual practices in the Caribbean and Central America. Native healers used the oil for its calming and grounding effects on the mind and body, as well as its skin-healing properties.

Chemical Properties and Main Components

Amyris essential oil contains several main components, including:

  • Valerianol: This chemical component is known for its calming and sedative effects on the mind and body. It is often found in essential oils that are used for relaxation and sleep support.
  • Patchoulol: Patchoulol is a terpene alcohol that is found in high concentrations in Patchouli essential oil. It has various benefits for the skin, such as promoting a healthy and youthful appearance.
  • Eudesmol: This sesquiterpene alcohol has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It is often used in skincare products to reduce inflammation and heal blemishes.
  • Eremophilene: Eremophilene is a sesquiterpene that is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is often used in essential oils for respiratory support and immune system health.

Specific Benefits of Amyris Essential Oil

Amyris essential oil is a versatile oil that has many specific benefits for health and wellness. Amyris Essential Oil is used by aromatherapists to relieve stress, aid in sleep, revitalize skin and jumpstart romantic relationships. With warm, woody, earthy aromas, many find Amyris Essential Oil uplifting, while helping to ground emotions and provide the confidence one needs to move forward with calm and ease. 

Amyris, also known as West Indian Sandalwood, is native to the West Indies and is traditionally used in perfumes, medicines, cosmetics, soaps, and incense. The trunks of the Amyris tree are full of potent resin, so much that the wood of the Amyris burns long and bright, earning it the nickname “Torchwood.”

Here's a specific list of the benefits of this amazing essential oil:

1. Relaxation and Stress Relief

Amyris essential oil has a calming, grounding effect on the mind and body. It is often used in aromatherapy blends to promote relaxation and reduce stress and anxiety.

This oily ally is a great choice for relieving stress. Diffuse Amyris Essential Oil to bring a calming and stress-reducing effect to your school, home, and work environments, helping you remain focused and improving cognitive function. 

2. Skin Care

Amyris essential oil is moisturizing and has anti-aging properties. It is often used in skin care products such as lotions, soaps, and creams for its moisturizing and rejuvenating benefits.

This oil makes a great addition to an anti-aging skincare routine;Amyris, diluted in carrier oil, is used by aromatherapists to create an uplifting radiance, help skin cells regenerate faster, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, add elasticity, and improve the tone and texture of skin. Amyris Essential Oil may have a little of the “fountain of youth” energy.

3. Respiratory Health

Amyris essential oil has expectorant properties and can help promote respiratory health. It can be used in aromatherapy or in a chest rub to ease coughs and congestion.

4. Insect Repellent

Amyris essential oil has insect-repelling properties and can be added to insect-repellent sprays or diffused to help repel insects and other pests.

5. Mood Enhancement

Amyris essential oil has a sweet, woody aroma that is known to promote emotional balance and enhance mood. It is often used in perfumery and fragrance blends for its unique scent.

6. Healthy Skin

Amyris essential oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties, making it a natural remedy to promote healthy skin. It can be added to skincare products or even used full strength on athlete’s foot or nail fungus.

7. Inflammation and Pain Relief

Amyris essential oil has analgesic properties, making it a natural pain reliever. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, making it beneficial for reducing swelling and inflammation.

8. Immune System Support

Amyris essential oil can help support the immune system, reducing the likelihood of cold and flu viruses.

9. Natural Aphrodisiac

Amyris Essential Oil is a natural aphrodisiac as it enhances sexual desire, frees the mind from inhibitions, and increases sensations of joy and pleasure. Amyris also gives “torchwood” a whole new meaning, as it can be used to kindle the fire in romantic relationships.

Amyris Essential Oil has the power to align feminine energy with that of the moon. For men, Amyris Essential Oil offers the power to enhance virility. For both sexes, Amyris Essential Oil allows for the heart to be open in a receptive state of being, drawing us closer to our romantic partners, and enhancing attraction.

10. Relaxant and Sedative

Amyris Essential Oil helps relax nerves and muscles. Because of this, it is useful in relieving fears, anxiety, and phobias, as well as calming and removing painful spasms, cramps, and aches.

11. Sleep Therapy

Amyris Essential Oil is also used to assist with sleep. By allowing the body and mind to relax, Amyris Essential Oil helps sleep come faster, last longer, and allows the mind and body to feel rested and restored.

Amyris Essential Oil - West Indian Sandalwood (Amyris Balsamifera)

Amyris Essential Oil - West Indian Sandalwood (Amyris Balsamifera)


Botanical Name: Amyris Balsamifera Plant Part: Bark Method of Extraction: Steam Distilled Country of Origin: Haiti Color/Consistency: Light Yellow Color with Thick Consistency Aroma: Soft, Woody, Warm, Musty, Balsamic Perfumery Note: Base … read more

Is Amyris Essential Oil Safe for Children?

Amyris essential oil is considered safe for children when used in appropriate dilutions. However, it's always recommended to consult a qualified aromatherapist or healthcare professional before using essential oils on children.

Unique Recipes Using Amyris Essential Oil

Amyris essential oil is a versatile oil that can be used in many different blends. Here are a few unique recipes that use Amyris essential oil along with other complementary essential oils.

Below are a few recipes to get the most out of the many benefits of Amyris Essential Oil.

Amorous Amyris Diffuser Blend

Set the mood for romance with this aphrodisiac diffuser blend

  • 5 drops of Amyris Essential Oil
  • 3 drops of Clary Sage Essential Oil
  • 3 drops of Neroli Essential Oil

Add to your diffuser and enjoy!

Calming Body Blend

Calm the mind while also smelling delightful!

  • 5 drops of Amyris Essential Oil
  • 3 drops of Elemi Essential Oil
  • 3 drops of Tangerine Essential Oil

Add these essential oils to a glass bowl and top off with a preferred carrier oil. Mix oils gently until well blended. Apply behind ears, top of spine, and wrists for a subtle but delightful perfume and all day grounded support.

Anti-Aging Beauty Potion

You are gorgeous! But we all know the environment and sun can cause damage to our skin. So take some time for self-care and tap into the “fountain of youth” with this blend.

In a small pump container blend Essential Oils with Pomegranate Seed Oil. Mix gently. Then apply 4-5 pumps of the Anti-Aging Beauty Potion to the face using finger tips. For added benefits, use a jade roller for additional stress relief and gentle stimulation of collagen in the skin.

These unique recipes showcase the versatility of Amyris essential oil and its ability to blend well with other essential oils. Enjoy experimenting with different essential oil combinations to create your own unique blends. Always be sure to use high-quality essential oils. At Miracle Botanicals, we are diligent about getting real essential oils, but I have noticed many fakes flooding the market lately.

Chakras Affected by Amyris Essential Oil

  • Root Chakra (Muladhara): Amyris essential oil is thought to help ground and balance the energy of the root chakra, promoting feelings of safety, security, and stability.

Crystals that Compliment Amyris Essential Oil

Using crystals in conjunction with essential oils can enhance the energetic and healing properties of both. Here are some crystals that work well with Amyris essential oil:

  • Red Jasper: This crystal is known for its grounding and stabilizing properties, helping to promote feelings of safety and security. It can be used to balance the root chakra, which is associated with grounding and stability.

  • Lepidolite: This crystal is known for its calming and stress-relieving properties, making it a good choice for emotional balance. It can be used to reduce anxiety and promote restful sleep.

  • Hematite: This crystal is often used for grounding and protection. It can be used to balance the root chakra and help promote feelings of safety and security.

Combining these crystals with Amyris essential oil can enhance their healing properties and create a powerful, synergistic effect. Simply place the crystal near you while using the essential oil or use them together in a crystal grid.

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