Sandalwood Amyris Essential Oil comes from a small bushy tree with white flowers growing wild in Haiti. The essential oil is steam distilled from the bark and branches of Amyris balsamifera. Musty woody scent. Known to have antiseptic, soothing properties and can be used as a sedative.
- 'The botanical origin of the tree yielding this oil remained obscure until 1886 when Kirkby and Holmes identified striking differences between this plant and true Sandlwood by microscopic examination of the leaves. In recognition of this discovery the botanical name of amyris was changed from Schimmerelia oleisera to Amyris balsamifera, The locals call it 'candle wood' because of its high oil content; it burns like a candle. It is used as a torch by fisherman and traders. It also makes excellent furniture wood' - an excerpt from Complete Essential Oils by Julia Lawless.