The sweet and musky smell of amber essential oil is a unique one. I would even say it’s different than most other essential oils simply because there isn’t really what to compare it to. And amber essential oil benefits the body in many unique ways, too, as you’ll see in a bit.
What Is Amber Essential Oil
As the name suggests, the amber essential oil is an oil made out of amber—the amber tree’s fossilized resin (Pinus Succinifera). You’ve probably seen it used in jewelry or novelty items (with the bugs floating inside).
But amber actually has some medicinal properties, especially when turned into an essential oil. Some medicinal properties of amber essential oil are:
- Pain Reliever
- Treats Respiratory Issues
Other than those, amber contains a vast composition of terpenes. Terpenes are plant compounds that have direct physiological effects on the body. It would be ridiculous to list them all since amber contains dozens. And their names are not exactly informative. Such as isolongifolol and thunbergol.
But just know that each terpene contains its own array of benefits, anything from appetite suppressant to anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.
Amber Essential Oil Benefits
As we’ve mentioned, the amber essential oil is an aphrodisiac. Which means it triggers the release of hormones in the body. And not just any hormones, the ones that are responsible for your sex life. Thus increasing your overall sexual desire and sexual pleasure.
The best way to gain those benefits is diffusing it or massaging it into the body before the act. Even if it doesn’t work for you (which it might), the delightful alluring smell of amber will still benefit by setting the mood.
Respiratory System Health
Amber essential oil benefits respiratory issues immensely. It’s known to provide relief for a stuffy throat, a nasty cough, and even asthma. You can even massage it directly onto your chest and neck, and the oil will soak in and heal. Just make sure to dilute it first.
You can also diffuse it throughout the room or, as an alternative, create your own vapors. Boil some water and pour into a bowl or fill your sink with hot water. Add a few drops, cover your head with a towel, lean over the water, and inhale.
Ease Anxiety & Depression
While amber essential oil may not be the ultimate essential oil for anxiety and depression (lavender is), it does a good job. And it can be used as a complementary treatment.
Other than the unique smell, which on its own, can soothe the senses, thus easing your anxiety and depression. The anti-inflammatory properties of amber can reduce inflammation in the brain, which is often a reason for anxiety and depression that people are not aware of.
Diffuse it with lavender oil for the ultimate relaxation blend.
Following amber’s ability to ease anxiety and depression, its soothing effects apply to the bed as well. If you’re having trouble falling asleep due to nagging thoughts, you might benefit from some amber essential oil in your bedside diffuser.
Again, blending in some lavender oil will do wonders.
Reduce Body Inflammation
Just as amber essential oil benefits anxiety and depression by reducing inflammation in the brain, it can also aid the rest of your body. When our bodies are stressed, they produce inflammation; it’s a normal biological response.
But if cells get too stressed, and inflammation goes too far. Maybe because of a biological condition such as arthritis, or someone doing too much sport. The inflammation produces pain. That’s where anti-inflammatory essential oils such as amber, turmeric, and peppermint, can help.
Mix them all together, along with a carrier oil (roughly 2tbsp for every two drops). And massage the painful area.
Better Skin & Hair
Amber essential oil benefits for skin and hair can be explained by its large content of tarpenes. These compounds rejuvenate dry and dull skin and help clear up clogged pores. For acne, the anti-inflammatory properties help by battling the inflammation.
For hair, the terpenes will stimulate and strengthen hair follicles, leading to less hair loss and stronger, healthier hair. All you need to do to get these benefits is to mix a few drops with your lotion or a (light) carrier oil. Or, for hair, simply add a few drops to your shampoo.
As we’ve mentioned, amber essential oil has an amazing and unique smell. And it’s actually often used in perfumes. Not only because of its smell but also because it’s a fixative, meaning its scent will stay for hours instead of minutes.
So, add some to your diffuser to make your room smell amazing, and add some to your lotion to make yourself smell amazing!
Better Blood Flow
When applied directly to the skin (diluted), amber essential oil benefits blood flow/circulation. This can be explained by some of the terpenes that have stimulant properties. These are the same properties that strengthen hair follicles and revive dry skin by stimulating and nourishing.
Amber Essential Oil Side Effects
- The stimulant effects of amber essential oil are not recommended for pregnant women as they may cause miscarriage.
- The oil may cause a rash for certain people, test a patch of skin before applying it on the body.
- Amber oil is not recommended for consumption.
- Since it affects circulation, people on medication should consult their doctor first.
- Only use high quality pure amber oil to get all the benefits and avoid unnecessary side effects.
Amber Essential Oil Blends Well With
- Rose Absolute
Amber oil benefits are clear; it has a wonderful smell, medicinal properties, and a bunch of terpenes that work wonders on your body. You can use it with a carrier oil, in a diffuser, in your shampoo or lotion.
Other than making you smell great, it will benefit your overall health. So, are you going to get some?
If you’re looking for another fantastic essential oil, check out our article about honeysuckle essential oil benefits.