Rosewood Materia Medica


Rosewood oil is a colorless to pale liquid with a sweet, floral, rose-like scent. In addition to linalol, it also contains cineol, terpineol, geraniol and citronellal. As rosewood oil’s high concentration of linalol occurs in the form of linalol acetate, it is an excellent fixative, and so has long been considered by perfumers to be one of their most important fixatives. Linalol acetate has also been used by the flavor industry to mask undesirable flavors, and by the livestock industry to repel pasture insects and fungal and bacterial pathogens.

The Indians of Amazonia have used rosewood medicinally for centuries primarily to treat wounds and rheumatic ailments. Ethnobotanists also note its use in the treatment of the following: acne; arthritis; catarrhal symptoms; colds; coughs; dermatitis; edema; fevers; frigidity; headaches; infections; leucorrhea; nausea; nervous tension; skin disease; venereal disease.

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20 pages excerpted from Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils.

Miasm: Malarial
Sefirah: Tiferet
Constitutional Type: Neurasthenia
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Core Perspectives: plant characteristics and historical perspectives; herbal medicine and aromatherapy; homeopathic remedy China; the color pink; astral body; spleen; neurasthenia; Malarial miasm; Tiferet.

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