Guaiacwood Essential Oil

Latin name Bulnesia sarmienti – Family species Zygophyllaceae

guaiac woodGuaiacwood is also known as Palo Santo, Palo Balsamo, Parguay Lignum, and Guaiacwood oil is also referred to as Champaca Wood.

Guaiacwood is sometimes found written as two words: Guaiac wood.

Oil Selection Guide

Color – Yellow to amber or green
Viscosity – Viscous
Scent – tearose-like
Perfume Aroma – Base / middle note

Oil Source Information

Plant Type – Tree
Part Used – Wood (heartwood)
Countries of Origin – Paraguay, Argentina
Extraction Method – Steam distillation

Known Chemical Constituents

Guaiol, bulnesol, bulnesene, guaiene, patchoulene, guaioxide
Others have apparently been identified here: Towards a complete characterisation of guaiacwood oil

Applications and Uses

Aromatherapy uses unknown. Can be found in pharmaceutical products, soaps, cosmetics, perfumes, and as a flavoring in commercial food and drink.

Guaiacwood blends well with


Precautions / Contraindications

See Essential Oils Safety and Usage.

References and Resources

See Aromatherapy References and Resources page.

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