Ocotea essential oil (Ocotea quixos) is a relatively uncommon essential oil and not discussed in many aromatherapy books. Ocotea is steam distilled from the leaves of an evergreen tree native to South America.
You may also hear of ishpingo or ishpink essential oil, which is sometimes said to be the same as ocotea. However, ishpingo technically refers to the flowers of the Ocotea quixos tree, and ishpingo oil is steam distilled from the flowers/fruit calices.
Whether you're looking at ocotea or ishpingo, make sure the company is telling you how the oil is produced, so you know what you're getting. Sometimes an oil contains both the leaves and flowers.
Plant family: Lauraceae
Aroma: Sweet and spicy, slightly cinnamon-like. Some sources recommend the oil as a milder substitute for cinnamon essential oil.
Perfume/Aromatic note: Middle
Is ocotea safe to use during pregnancy? Probably not. Consult a professional.
Is ocotea essential oil safe for children? Do not use with small children. Consult a professional.
Aromaweb: Diffuse or inhale ocotea to balance emotions, help reduce anxiety and stress, and support spirituality and meditation practices. Applied to the skin, the oil may help reduce inflammation.
Eden's Garden: Use ocotea in skin care to cleanse, reduce redness, and soothe irritation. The oil also helps relieve stress.
Revive Essential Oils: Ocotea uplifts mood, calms and soothes, and helps reduce inflammation. The oil is useful for skin care. Suggested blends:
Note: I have read other internet profiles that claim benefits of ocotea include promoting weight loss, maintaining normal blood sugar level, improving digestion, preventing fungus, and maintaining heart health. However, these profiles do not include sources and I have been unable to verify these claims.
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