Rosewood

Ficus obliqua on Rosewood

Latin:  Aniba rosaeodora

Family:  Lauraceae

Parts Used: Heartwood

Taste/Energetics:  Warming, aromatic

Properties:  Analgesic, antidepressant, antimicrobial, circulatory stimulant, analgesic

Actions:  Coming from the rosewood tree in Peru and Brazil, rosewood is commonly converted into essential oil and material for woodworking.  The extreme over harvest of this tree leaves it deeply endangered and therefore this is an herb that frankly should not be used.  I felt it is was key to mention, however, as it has such a long history of use and continues to be used by many aromatherapists.  There is a move on to try and cultivate it sustainably.  Rosewood is incredible smelling with a grounding, relaxing and uplifting quality.  It is blended in oils and used topically in massage formulas and as an analgesic.

Dosage:  Until it is sustainably available, avoid.