There isn’t a lot of research behind amber essential oil benefits. However, it’s an oil used extensively in aromatherapy and alternative medicine treatments and there is a lot of anecdotal evidence behind the reported health benefits.
Amber is an interesting oil. It’s made from fossilized resin taken from the bark of different trees. It’s not continually harvested from newer herbs and plants like most other oils. It’s believed that some of the trees amber is taken from are millions of years old, so it’s a special compound.
The properties and chemical balance of amber varies depending on the tree the resin came from. This doesn’t make a huge difference to batches of the product, but it’s another small factor that does make a difference.
The oil has a unique scent when being burned. It’s best described as smelling like sandalwood, and is very pleasant to diffuse around the home. It also carries some interesting health benefits as I will look into a little more.
Amber Essential Oil (Pinus Succinifera) 100% Pure Therapeutic Grade
Amber Essential Oil Benefits
Great for Hair and Skin
Amber oil is used by therapists to clean and rejuvenate skin, and give hair a lovely shine. It’s believed to stimulate new skin cells and give tired and ageing skin a more youthful and elastic look and feel. Some people also report that it lessens skin conditions like eczema and acne.
A lot of oils carry aphrodisiac properties. It often goes hand-in-hand with the blood stimulating and relaxing properties. Everyone are affected differently by aphrodisiacs, so you will have to try for yourself and see what you think!
For me, there are few things more mentally relaxing than diffusing some oils or putting a few drops in a warm bath and just relaxing. Amber can help you sleep better, relax your mind, compliment a meditation session, and reduce the effects of stress and anxiety.
With its analgesic properties, you can use amber oil to reduce pain. Mixed with a carrier oil you can make a massage oil and rub it directly into the area that’s painful, or you can just use the scent to breathe it in for an all-around relaxant.
Amber is actually used in a lot of perfumes and other scented products. Amber not only has a sweet and lively fragrance that’s pleasant on the nose, it’s a long lasting scent which makes it a desirable choice in scented products.
Strengthens the Immune System
A lot of therapists and aromatherapists swear by amber oil as a good choice for strengthening the immune system. A stronger immune system means you are fending off illness and annoying bacteria’s that drain you and open you up to more serious illnesses.
How to Use Amber Essential Oil
If you’ve brought some amber oil you have a few different options when it comes to using it. It often comes down to personal preference. Here are the most common and safest ways to use oils:
Diffusers are possibly the easiest and most convenient way to use oils. I am currently using the Pilgrim Anton Diffuser, you just add some water and a few drops of oil and leave it to diffuse a fine mist into the air.
Adding a few drops to a hot bath creates a relaxing experience. It allows the oil to come into contact with your skin as well as being breathed in. This is a good choice with amber due to its relaxing and pain reducing properties.
If you have someone on-hand to give you a massage then mix a few drops with a carrier oil and make a good massage blend. A nice, relaxing massage is the perfect way to relax the body and mind, and work away those aches and pains.
Precautions and safety
Different brands will have different ingredients in their oils so you should always perform a small area test on your skin for each brand you try. Amber is considered a safe oil and side effects are rare, so if you follow the guidance on the bottle you shouldn’t have any problems.
A few general guidelines to always be aware of when using oils:
- Never ingest oils unless you have been specifically told to do so by a medical professional
- If you are pregnant or suffering from any serious health conditions always seek medical approval before using oils
- Always dilute pure oils with carrier oils before applying to skin