Guaiacwood Essential Oil
Guaiacwood is a small tropical tree with decorative olive or brown hardwood and is native to parts of South America.
- Botanical Family: Zygophyllaceae
- Other Common Names: None
- Part of Plant Used: Wood
- Method of Extraction: Steam distillation
- Variations: Guaiacwood is a very thick oil that needs to be warmed in order to be used.
- Chemistry: Guaiacwood is comprised of sesquiterpene alcohols (bulnesol, guaiol, 8-epi-α-eudesmol, β-eudesmol) and oxides/ethers (β-dihydroagarofuran, 4-epi-cis-dihydroagarofuran).
- Perfumery: used in natural perfuming, incense crafting, soapmaking, and candlemaking, also a perfume fixative
- Musculoskeletal: relief for inflammations
- Reproductive: soothes symptoms of PMS
- Circulatory: venous decongestant
- Lymphatic: helps to decongest the lymphatic system.
- Nervous System: calming for stress
- Skin: helps restore the skin
- Emotional: balancing and grounding for meditation
- Spiritual: supports the Root Chakra associated with security, survival, basic needs, grounding, and support and the Crown Chakra with the higher states of consciousness
- Scent Profile: Base note with a balsamic and musky aroma
- Longevity: The aroma of Guaiacwood can last up to 400 hours when exposed to air.
- Fragrance Classification: Animalic, Woody
- Blends well with: Anise, Benzoin, Cinnamon Bark, Cinnamon Leaf, Clove, Cypress Davana, Elemi, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, German Chamomile, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Jasmine Sambac, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Palmarosa, Roman Chamomile, Rose, Sandalwood, Sweet Orange, Vanilla, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang
- Blends with Aroma Chemicals, Isolates, and Fragrances for Perfuming: Amber, Dragon's Blood, Hedione, Isomuscone, Leather, Musk R1, Nag Champa, Rosamusk, Suederal
- None known
Products Using Guaiacwood Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.