Rosewood is an evergreen tree found growing in the Amazon rainforest. The wood chippings from harvested trees are steam distilled to produce a floral scented essential oil. This essential oil is used in all sorts of products for its characteristic scent, as well as its activity against acne, cold/flus, headaches, skin conditions, fevers, infections, and wounds.
It's a useful and pleasant smelling essential oil, with a pale yellow colour and floral-spicy scent.
One of the most common uses for this herb is for its aphrodisiac qualities. Check this out for more information on aromatic aphrodisiacs like rosewood.
There is a problem, however, with the sustainability of rosewood essential oil. In the Amazon rainforest, stands of rosewood trees have a high market value, which has led to a significant amount of environmental damage in its collection. In order for the logging vehicles to get into a spot where rosewood is growing, it must cut a path, then, as the trees are cut down, they often take out many of the surrounding trees and vegetation with them. This inevitably leads to significant destruction of the surrounding rainforest.
Sustainability of rosewood harvesting is not impossible, and in fact there are farms that cultivate rosewood sustainably in the Amazon region. Often times it's unclear where the source of this essential actually comes from. When buying rosewood essential oil, be sure that it's taken from a sustainable source only, and not wild from the Amazon rainforest. Do your part and avoid suppliers selling environmentally damaging products whenever possible.
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