AMBER ESSENTIAL OIL
Written by Slawomir Gromadzki, MPH
Amber essential oil is quite unique among essential oils because it is derived from amber, which is the hardened resin of thousands of years old ancient trees.
Since amber essential oil does not have any aroma, it is usually combined with oils that do, such as frankincense, sandalwood or cedarwood.
Numerous health benefits of amber essential oil come from the various active ingredients, including widdrol, succinic acid, sesquiterpenes, incensole, alpha-cedrene, and thujopsene [>].
TYPES OF AMBER ESSENTIAL OIL
Pure natural amber essential oil is very expensive – a few hundred pounds per ounce (28g). For this reason, most varieties on the market are a combination of amber resin and other essential oils. Other products, also sold as amber essential oils, contain only nature-identical isolates. Those identical isolates are substances chemically isolated from aromatic raw material or obtained synthetically. They are chemically identical to substances present in a natural product. While purchasing amber oil, it is therefore important to see what ingredients are included.
POSSIBLE HEALTH BENEFITS
IMMUNITY & INFECTIONS
Amber oil has antibacterial properties and may help to boost the immune system. Since this oil blends well with other antibacterial oils such as sandalwood, it can help prevent infections.
The antibacterial and expectorant qualities of amber essential oil can help to eliminate respiratory infections, soothe the throat and respiratory tracts, and suppress the production of mucus and phlegm.
Pairing amber oil with other oils such as eucalyptus, and diffusing the mixture directly into the air may be helpful in easing the symptoms of lung infections [>] and help clear the lungs due to its expectorant properties.
MOOD & MENTAL HEALTH
It is believed that some essential oils can be beneficial as a complementary treatment for anxiety and depression. These conditions may be caused or made worse by brain inflammation, thus reducing levels of various antidepressant hormones in the brain. Amber oil has anti-inflammatory properties which promote relaxation and focus. [>]
Inhaling amber essential oil, putting a few drops into a bathtub, or mixing it in with the massage oil and rubbing into the skin can help to relax the mind and soothe the nerves, promoting also a restful sleep. [>]
You can diffuse amber oil with lavender to have an even more relaxing experience.
There are certain antioxidant compounds found in amber essential oil that can help protect brain cells against oxidative damage and improve cognition. In addition, this oil also seems to help lower levels of stress hormones in the body, which promotes concentration and help prevent long-term degenerative diseases. [>]
LIBIDO & STAMINA
Traditionally, the amber essential oil has been used to boost male sex drive and is well known as an aphrodisiac. It is believed that the alluring aroma of this oil, when diffused in a room or home, can stimulate the release of hormones in the body, leading to better sex drive, fertility, and overall reproductive function. [>]
By affecting both circulation and the symptoms of anxiety, the amber essential oil can help increase the libido. [>]
The anti-spasmodic nature of this oil is believed to help soothe heart palpitations and normalize cardiovascular function. This is also aided by the antioxidant properties of amber oil, as it can strengthen blood vessels and lower levels of oxidative stress in the heart. These benefits are known to lower the risk of cardiovascular problems, heart attack and stroke. [>]
PAIN AND INFLAMMATION
Pain is often a symptom of inflammation, and once inflammation is addressed, the pain is reduced as well. One of the many elements of amber oil are sesquiterpenes which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. [>]
When it comes to pain, inflammation and spasms in the body, few oils are as beneficial as the amber essential oil. Traditionally used as a topical remedy to soothe aching muscles, eliminate pain and calm spasms in the muscles. Inhaling this oil can also help relieve inflammation in the bronchial tubes and stomach and intestines. [>]
Applying amber oil combined with peppermint and turmeric may ease arthritic joints and temporarily stop the pain of wounds.
The amber oil rubbed into the skin of the extremities promotes better circulation [>] and blood flow, oxygenation and delivery of nutrients and antioxidants to the body tissues that need it, resulting in higher cellular energy levels and improved organ function.
One of the signs of poor circulation is cold hands and feet. Amber essential oil helps increase circulation, blood flow and oxygenation in cold extremities. It also improves overall blood circulation. [>] In order to achieve this effect, use this oil topically. Simply mix two or three drops with a base oil such as castor, olive, coconut, almond, sesame or other oils and rob into the extremities for a few minutes.
Amber essential oil has anti-bacterial properties which can kill the mould and bacteria in the air, helping to keep the air fresh and help easy some respiratory and breathing problems. This benefit can be paired with other essential oils.
Children or pregnant women should not use amber oil unless stated by a physician. Amber oil works as a stimulant, so it could bring on early labour due to its intense chemical content.
People on medication for circulation issues should consult their doctor since it can affect the circulation of the skin.
Do not use amber oil if you have skin sensitivities. This oil may cause a rash in certain individuals. Before putting it all over your body, first apply a small amount of the oil to a patch of skin for about 3 hours, to see if any reaction occurs. Some individuals have experienced skin inflammation when using amber essential oil.
If you have highly sensitive skin prone to rashes or irritation, proceed with caution when using amber essential oil. The best way to avoid irritation is to combine amber oil with a good carrier oil (2-3 drops with one tablespoon of carrier oil).
Internal use of amber essential oil is not recommended, as it can result in stomach upset, nausea and vomiting.
Essential oils are not recommended for internal use but if you decide to try it internally, keep in mind that essential oils are very concentrated and you shouldn’t consume more than one small drop mixed with food, liquid or preferably one tablespoon of cold-pressed olive oil, raw coconut oil or other healthy food-grade oils.
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