Do not use in: pregnant or breast-feeding women, children under the age of three years, persons allergic to one of the components (geraniol, linalool, limonene), persons with asthma without the advice of an allergologist before the first use.
1 drop of essential oil of tea tree, 1 drop of essential oil of rosewood, 1 drop of essential oil of marjoram, 1 drop of essential oil of neroli, 1 drop of essential oil of rosemary verbenone, 1 drop of essential oil of lemon verbena. Apply this mixture on the solar plexus, arch of the foot, internal side of the wrists and along the spinal column two times daily over two weeks.
Place 2 drops of essential oil of rosewood in a teaspoon of borage, sweet almond or evening primrose oil or in your usual skincare cream. NB: essential oil of rosewood is increasingly difficult to find (especially in organic quality), due to forest overexploitation. You may replace it by Asia rosewood (Cinnamomum camphora linalolifera, which has a very similar chemical formula) in all the recipes in this book.
CULTIVATION AND PRODUCTION
EXTRACTION AND YIELD
The tree was discovered in 1925 in the Amazonian forest, were Indians had always used it in their traditional pharmacopoeia. Since then, it has been overexploited, and in the 1960s, fifty thousand tonnes were felled every year. In Madagascar this frantic overexploitation caused a scandal and its export was forbidden (see p. 81). Rosewood which is a threatened species is now protected by the International union for conservation of nature (IUCN). Synonymous in the west with refinement and luxury, it has inspired writers from Balzac to Sharyn McCrumb, (The rosewood casket, 1999).
The properties, benefits and method of use are given for information; they cannot in any case constitute or replace medical information that only health professionals can provide. For any use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes, please consult your GP or pharmacist.