Rosewood Oil, Some Uses

Rosewood Oil, Some Uses

Brazilian Rosewood flowersRosewood oil (Aniba roseodora) is a lovely oil that is becoming harder to get due to the devastation of the rain forests in Brazil. It has a sweet, slightly rosy, yet woody scent to it. Also called Bois de Rose.

Aromatic influences: Peace, gentleness, calming and relaxing the nerves. Helps to relieve anxiety, stress, and balance the emotions. Soft, supportive, and nurturing.

Combines well with:

Most oils. Especially citrus, wood, and floral oils.

Ways to use it

  • Has an uplifting, woody scent.
  • If you can’t get it, you can mix Rose oil with Rose Geranium, Palmarosa, or Coriander.  You can also replace it with Linaloe Wood oil.
  • Great to use for deodorant.
  • Rosewood drawingEases headaches.
  • Very calming. Relieves nervousness and stress.
  • Promotes restful sleep.
  • Is great for skin care. It helps regenerate and moisturize skin.
  • To ease depression, diffuse 4 drops Rosewood and 2 drops Frankincense. (6)
  • Helps calm erratic energy and brings in feelings of stillness.
  • Non-toxic, non-sensitizing, and non-irritating.
  • Brings inner peace and harmony.
  • Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. That’s a great way to get started. And have fun with it!


Here are a few recipes involving Rosewood oil. To check for more, you can click on Rosewood in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

combing-hairDry Hair Treatment

  • 10 drops Sandalwood
  • 10 drops Rosewood
  • 5 drops Palmarosa
  • 2 tablespoons Jojoba

Massage approximately 1 teaspoon of formula into clean hair and scalp at one time. Make sure you get it into scalp and all of the way down to the ends of your hair. (Use more for long hair) It’s best to leave on for several hours to allow oils to penetrate. If you use formula before bedtime, wrap a towel around your head and leave on overnight. Wash hair with a natural shampoo and warm water. Use formula 2 – 3 times a week until you achieve desired results. Best to discontinue use of commercial shampoos and harsh chemicals on the hair and scalp. (5)

Boost Immune System

  • 4 drops Rosewood
  • 4 drops Cardamom
  • 2 drops Bergamot
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut OIl)

Massage formula into chest daily. (6)

The best ways to use essential Oils for massageNurture Body After Viral Infections

  • 4 drops Rosewood
  • 2 drops Neroli
  • 4 drops Tangerine
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Massage formula into your skin using slow, gentle strokes. This formula is good for chronic-fatigue as well. (6)

Mood Uplifting Massage

  • 5 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 4 drops Ginger Root
  • 3 drops Patchouli
  • 3 drops Rosewood
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Massage formula into upper chest, back of the neck, and shoulders. (5)

Running Physical Endurance Massage

  • 5 drops Rosemary
  • 5 drops Geranium
  • 5 drops Pink Grapefruit
  • 5 drops Celery Seed
  • 5 drops Rose
  • 5 drops Rosewood
  • 2 tablespoons Grapeseed oil

Go and exercise your usual exercises. Massage blend into muscles you have exerted in exercise. Wait an hour and then go and repeat your exercise. Use every time you exercise for a week. (5)

Far, Far Away Bath

  • 10 drops Rosewood
  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/2 cup Epsom Salts

Mix dry ingredients together then add essential oils and mix thoroughly. Store in a pretty bottle. Use 1/2 cup of mixture in a warm/hot tub of water. Soak for 20 – 30 minutes. For extra soothing for dry skin, add 1/2 cup powdered milk when pouring water into the tub. Your skin will feel like silk.(1)

Photo courtesy of Heidi Lee

Photo courtesy of Heidi Lee

Relax Mind Bath

  • 4 drops Rosewood
  • 2 drops Lavender
  • 1 tablespoon Jojoba

Add formula to a warm/hot bath, soak 20 – 30 minutes. Can also dissolve oils into 1 cup epsom salts and add to bath to help remove skin impurities. (6)

Body Powder

  • 20 drops Rosewood
  • 10 drops Orange
  • 2 tablespoons Cornstarch

Measure cornstarch into a glass jar then add essential oils. Tighten cap and let the powder sit for a day. Shake well before using. (5)

And finally,

Rosewood really is a lovely oil. The benefits are amazing and it is so very fun to work with. tell us what you think. What do you like to do with it? Add a comment down below. Let’s share it with everyone!



  1. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  2. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  3. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  4. The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by Gill Farrer-Halls
  5. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  6. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding
  7. Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art, 2nd edition, by Kathi Keville and Mindy Green
  8. Aromatherapy: An A-Z: The Most Comprehensive Guide to Aromatherapy Ever Published by Patricia Davis

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Hi!  Great to know more about Rosewood.  Thanks for the recipes.  I have two questions.  First, you suggest if we're unable to find Rosewood to mix Rose and a few other oils.  Would that apply to all the uses of Rosewood?  And second, is there a way to be sure the Rosewood we buy is harvested sustainably?  Thank you again for this great resource!