Essential Oils

Bursera Graveolens Oil

Derived from a “wild tree” found mainly in countries such as Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela is an essential oil known as Bursera Graveolens Oil.  This oil is extracted from a tree also known as “Palo santo” (in Spanish) belonging to the “Bursera graveolens” species in the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil is derived from the wood of the tree using the “steam distillation” process. In addition, this oil is clear to pale yellow in colour, and comprises of a citrus and mint like aroma.

A. Chemical constituents of the Bursera Graveolens Oil:

This oil is obtained from a “wild tree” called “Palo santo” belonging to the “Bursera graveolens” species in the plant kingdom. In addition, this oil comprises of organic compounds such as limonene (58.6%), alpha-Terpineol (10.9%), menthofuran (6.6%), carvone (2.0%), germacrene (1.7%), gamma-muurolene (1.2%), trans-carveol (1.1%), and pulegone (1.1%).

B. The uses and benefits of the Bursera Graveolens Oil:

There are a number of benefits that one can gain by using this oil. However, one should also consider the adverse reactions or side effects reported from its use:

1. Antioxidant:

This oil when used exhibits an “antioxidant” property and thereby when used serves by neutralizing harmful free radicals and inhibiting the process of oxidation.

2. Anti-inflammatory:

This oil when used also helps in suppressing inflammation and swelling, and thereby serves as an anti-inflammatory.

3. Anti-cancerous:

According to the latest research this oil also comprises of an “anti-cancerous” property which enables the lowering of oxidative stress, protecting cells, and thereby suppressing cancer.

4. Analgesic:

This oil when used helps in reducing pain caused by headaches, sprains etc, and thereby serving as an analgesic.

5. Antiviral:

This oil helps in inhibiting the growth of viruses when used, and thereby prevents viral infections.

C. The adverse effects of the Bursera Graveolens Oil:

There are a couple of adverse effects that may occur when this oil is used. They are as follows:

  1. The use of this oil could lead to allergic reactions such as skin irritation, rashes, hives etc.
  2. This oil usage when consumed internally could also lead to nausea and vomiting.

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