Aniba rosaeodora

Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora) is a tree from the Laureaceae family, native of the Amazon and Guyana.

  • Bath

  • Dermal application

  • Oral route

  • Respiratory route

Essential oil of rosewood is remarkably well-tolerated.

Do not use in: pregnant or breast-feeding women, children under the age of three years, persons allergic to one of the components (geraniol, linalool, limonene), persons with asthma without the advice of an allergologist before the first use.

1 drop of EO of tea tree, 1 drop of EO of rosewood, 1 drop of EO of marjoram, 1 drop of EO of neroli, 1 drop of EO of rosemary verbenone, 1 drop of EO of lemon verbena. Apply this mixture on the solar plexus, arch of the foot, internal side of the wrists and along the spinal column two times daily over two weeks.

Skin moisturising
Place 2 drops of essential oil of rosewood in a teaspoon of borage, sweet almond or evening primrose oil or in your usual skincare cream. NB: essential oil of rosewood is increasingly difficult to find (especially in organic quality), due to forest overexploitation. You may replace it by Asia rosewood (Cinnamomum camphora linalolifera, which has a very similar chemical formula) in all the recipes in this book.


Its fine grained, fragrant, pinkish wood is hard, compact and tough. It is used in perfumery and woodworking where several species of the Dalbergia genus are used, which also includes the rosewoods. In Brazil, the local rosewood is Dalbergia nigra. Another family, the Fabaceae, includes wood species which are commonly referred to as rosewood. This includes in particular Pterocarpus indicus, which refers to the rosewood from Burma. Thespesia populnea, of the Malvaceae family, is also called rosewood. The tree was discovered in 1925 in the Amazonian forest, were Indians had always used it in their traditional pharmacopoeia. Since then, it has been overexploited, and in the 1960s, fifty thousand tonnes were felled every year. In Madagascar this frantic overexploitation caused a scandal and its export was forbidden (see p. 81). Rosewood which is a threatened species is now protected by the International union for conservation of nature (IUCN). Synonymous in the west with refinement and luxury, it has inspired writers from Balzac to Sharyn McCrumb, (The rosewood casket, 1999).


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