Cabreuva Essential Oil: Properties and Benefits

Here you will learn about cabreuva essential oil, its properties, benefits and uses.

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Properties of Cabreuva Essential Oil

Name

The botanical name of cabreuva is Myrocarpus frondosus.

You may sometimes see wild cabreuva oil for sale. It is the same thing. But verify the botanical name before buying this essential oil.
 

Color and Smell

Cabreuva oil comes from its wood chips. So you can expect the oil has a woody, sweet smell. And its color is usually pale yellow.
 

What’s in the oil?

The main compound in cabreuva essential oil are nerolidol. It can make up about 75% of the oil. Other important compounds include e,e-farnesol, and alpha-bisabolol.
 


Benefits of Cabreuva Essential Oil

There isn’t a great deal of research on cabreuva oil. But the compounds in the oil have been well studied. So the benefits of these compounds may translate to cabreuva essential oil.

Here are some of these benefits.

Cabreuva oil may be anti-cancer

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Two main compounds in cabreuva essential oil have demonstrated cancer fighting properties.

A 2010 study tested nerolidol on human breast and colon cancer cells. Nerolidol was able to inhibit the cancer cells and induce apoptosis (i.e. cell death).

Another study, done in 2011, tested alpha-bisabolol on 50 human leukemia cells. And alpha-bisabolol behaved just like nerolidol. It caused cell death of the cancerous cells.

Other studies (like this one) have shown bisabolol has anti-tumor and cytotoxic benefits.

So cabreuva oil may have cancer fighting properties because of nerolidol and bisabolol.
 

Cabreuva oil is antibacterial

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This is a proven benefits of cabreuva essential oil. A 2010 study tested a few essential oils including cabreuva, cedarwood, and myrrh on eleven types of bacteria. The bacteria ranged from animal and plant pathogens, food poisoning and spoilage bacteria.

All essential oils inhibited the bacteria under investigation. But, higher concentrations of cabreuva essential oil were necessary to see these effects.

So cabreuva oil has moderate antibacterial benefits.
 

It may be insecticidal

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A 1998 study tested e-nerolidol on the larvae of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. This mosquito is the vector for dengue fever and yellow fever.

The results showed e-nerolidol was very toxic to the larvae. So you can expect that cabreuva essential oil may have potent insecticidal effects too.
 


Uses of Cabreuva Essential Oil

You have seen the potential benefits of cabreuva essential oil. Now, let’s look at some ways to use the oil.

Inhaling
You can add one to two drops of cabreuva essential oil to your diffuser for a wonderful woody scent.

The oil also pairs well with other woody and flowery scents like cedarwood, sandalwood and rose essential oils.

Massaging
There have been reports of skin sensitization due to alpha-bisabolol. So it is even more important to do a skin patch test if it is your first time trying the oil. If you don’t see any redness, add one to two drops of the oil to one teaspoon of carrier oil and apply this mix to your skin.

More precautions
There are some sites that claim cabreuva essential oil has a hormone-like effect on the hypothalamus. This is the part of your brain responsible for hormone production. And others say, persons with prostate cancer should avoid the oil.

I have not seen any scientific studies that verifies these claims. Yet, you should be cautious nonetheless.

Raise these concerns with your doctor. And talk to him/her before using the essential oil. This is especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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