Amyris Essential Oil

Amyris balsamifera

Amyris is a genus of flowering plants in the citrus family, Rutaceae. The generic name is derived from the Greek word (amyron), which means “intensely scented” and refers to the strong odor of the resin. Members of the genus are commonly known as Torchwoods because of their highly flammable wood.

Amyris Essential Oil smells sweet and warm. It is reminiscent of benzoin and possesses a vanilla note with a woody, cedar-like character.

  • Promotes Good Sleep
  • Effective Insect Repellent
  • Eliminates Respiratory Conditions
  • Boosts Immune System
  • Prevents Aging
  • Improves Cognitive Function
  • Detoxifies the Body
  • Improves Aroma

The trunks of Amyris species exude elemi, a type of balsam (oleoresin) that contains elemic acids, liquid sesquiterpenes, and triterpenes such as α- and β-amyrin among other components. It is used medicinally and in lacquers. The wood is often used for torches and firewood. Its high resin content causes it to burn brightly, and it will burn well even when green. In addition, the wood is hard, heavy, close-grained, can take a high polish, and repels dry wood termites. Essential oils containing caryophyllene, cadinene, and cadinol are extracted from A. balsamifera and A. elemifera. These are used in varnishes, perfumes, medicines, cosmetics, soaps, and incense.


  • Perfumery/Fragrancing
  • Acts as a Fixative

Blends well with:

  • Benzoin
  • Bergamot
  • Cardamom
  • Carnation
  • Cedarwood
  • Champaca
  • Citronella
  • Clary Sage
  • Elemi
  • Frankincense
  • Galbanum
  • Geranium
  • Grapefruit
  • Jasmine
  • Lavandin
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Liquidambar (Styrax)
  • Nagarmotha
  • Nutmeg
  • Oakmoss
  • Orange (Sweet)
  • Palmarosa
  • Patchouli
  • Petitgrain
  • Rose
  • Rosewood
  • Sandalwood
  • Spikenard
  • Tangerine
  • Tuberose
  • Vetiver
  • Ylang Ylang

Amyris can help soothe your mind, bringing a sense of calm, after a tiring, long day. On top of its mind-relieving benefits, Amyris is also used to help with coughs and congestion problems and relieving stress & anxiety.

Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.

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