Amyris Balsamifera (Balsam Torchwood) Bark Oil
The Balsam Torchwood (Amyris balsamifera) is a flowering citrus tree cultivated in the West Indies and in Central and South America. Trees grow to a height of 18 meters and produce white flowers. Torchwoods are notable for their fragrant resin, which gives the trees their name as the abundance of oil in the wood makes it exceptionally flammable. Amyris oil is produced from the bark of the fallen, dried tree through steam distillation. The oil is used in fragrances, varnishes, cosmetics, soaps and incenses, while the wood can be used for torches or firewood.
Botanical name: Amyris balsamifera
Other names: Balsam Torchwood, West Indian Sandalwood, West Indian Rosewood
Main constituents: Valerianol, β-Eudesmol, 10-epi-gamma-Eudesmol, Elemol, Selin-5-en-7-ol (tent.), Selina-3,7(11)-diene, Zingiberene, ar-Curcumene, epi-alpha-Selinene