Liquidambar Essential Oil
Liquidambar are ornamental deciduous trees with five-pointed star-shaped leaves and spiked fruits native to parts of North America, Mexico, and Central America.
- Botanical Family: Altingiaceae
- Other Common Names: Alligatorwood, Sweetgum, Hazel Pine, Styrax
- Part of Plant Used: Balsam, Resin
- Method of Extraction: Solvent Extraction
- Variations: Liquidambar is available as an absolute that is somewhat thick.
- Chemistry: Liquidambar is high in esters (cinnamyl cinnamate, 3-phenylpropyl cinnamate, benzyl cinnamate, cinnamic acid, cinnamyl alcohol, 3-phenylpropyl alcohol) and sesquiterpenes (beta-caryophyllene, styrene), sesquiterpene alcohols (delta-cadinol) and phenols (3-ethylphenol)
- Perfumery: used in natural perfumery, incense crafting
- Nervous System: eases stress, anxiety, and anger
- Respiratory: helps with respiratory ailments
- Skin: soothes irritated and inflamed skin conditions
- Energetics: clarifying for the mind, body, and spirit
- Spiritual: stimulates the Sacral Chakra and balances the Root Chakra
- Scent Profile: Mid to base note with a sweet floral balsamic aroma
- Longevity: The aroma of Liquidambar can last up to 400 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Balsamic, Resinous
- Blends well with: Angelica Root, Balsam Fir, Basil, Benzoin, Bergamot, Black Spruce, Champaca, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Clove, Davana, Frankincense, Galbanum, Jasmine, Laurel, Lavender, Mandarin, Neroli, Opopanax, Palo Santo, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Star Anise, Tobacco, Tuberose, Vanilla, Violet Leaf, and Ylang Ylang
- Moderate risk of skin sensitization
- Avoid use on children under 2 years old
Products Using Liquidambar Essential Oil
- “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.