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Discover the Uplifting, Relaxing Benefits of Buddha Wood

Looking for something for your mind, body, and spirit? Use products that include Buddha Wood! Keep reading and learn how this ingredient benefits your body AND your vibes.

Buddha Wood benefits your skin, body, and vibes - Fifth & Root

If seeing an ingredient like Buddha Wood on the back of your skincare products has you raising your eyebrows, you’re not alone. While it may not immediately ring any bells, it was commonly used by Aboriginal Peoples of Australia for medicinal purposes. Today, however, it’s gaining popularity for its meditative and relaxation qualities.

If a skincare ingredient that both relaxes muscles and puts you in a better frame of mind sounds too good to be true--think again! Read on and discover how Buddha Wood benefits your skin AND your vibes.

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What is Buddha Wood?

Buddha Wood (Eremophila mitchellii) actually goes by many names. Also called false sandalwood and sometimes even desert rosewood, this plant is a shrub or small tree found in certain parts of Australia. So, unless you live somewhere hot and dry with lots of sunlight, think again before trying to grow this plant yourself. 

Before it was formally described in any textbook, Aboriginal Peoples of Australia had been using this plant for hundreds of years. From what history has been able to piece together, they used Buddha Wood to treat cuts, as a mild pain reliever, and it was often used in different sacred ceremonies.

Today, we know a great deal more about this plant. Buddha Wood essential oils are mainly made up of bicyclic sesquiterpenes (a type of terpene, woo!). If you don’t have a degree in chemistry, don’t sweat it. Here’s the breakdown of why this class of terpenes is good news for you…

  • Sesquiterpenes are known for being anti-inflammatory.
  • They have bactericidal properties (they kill bacteria).
  • They tend to have stronger aromas, which is why the wood retains its pleasant aroma for so long.
  • They’re antioxidants.
  • This class of terpenes is particularly calming. 

A sesquiterpene that you’re probably more familiar with is beta-caryophyllene.  Well, maybe you’re more familiar with where beta-caryophyllene comes from--black pepper! You can also find it in clove oil, rosemary, and cinnamon, but no matter where you find it, the aroma is strong. Oil from other plants like cedarwood and myrrh also has high levels of sesquiterpene.

While this information is fascinating (at least we think so), what does it mean for you and your skin?

Buddha Wood has calming and relaxing properties - Fifth & Root

Buddha Wood Can Boost Calming/Meditative Vibes

With all those calming sesquiterpenes, it’s no wonder people have been using Buddha Wood to enhance their aromatherapy practices. Seriously! More and more people are reaching for Buddha Wood essential oils to help soothe and relax them. 

The woody, smoky, balsamic notes of this plant are particularly grounding. It should come as no surprise then that Buddha Wood is often associated with the root chakra. Feelings of self-doubt, fear, and anxiety are believed to be due to a blocked root chakra. So, if that sounds familiar, try adding Buddha Wood essential oil to any meditations designed to enhance your sense of safety, home, and security. 

Relax Your Body With Buddha Wood

The mild pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties of Buddha Wood make it particularly helpful for sore joints and muscles. Just imagine--soothing candlelight and the calming scent of Buddha Wood. Now, imagine gently massaging a buddha wood-infused salve into sore muscles. Did anyone else just feel their aches and pains melt away, or was that just us?

Plus, limonene (another terpene) enhances how well skin products can penetrate into the skin. So, combine Buddha Wood with limonene and you have a recipe for deep muscle relaxation. That’s why we’ve used Buddha Wood and a therapeutic blend of other terpenes in our Salvation All-Over CBD Salve

Salvation All-Over CBD Salve - Fifth & Root

We wanted a velvety, buttery salve that was beyond therapeutic. Combined with herbs like Calendula, St. Johns Wort, Arnica, and Gotu Kola, our salve is the answer to all our stressed, achy prayers. Not only does it help us combat sore muscles and inflamed joints, but it’s also spiritually uplifting and helps us feel more grounded and centered. 

Seriously, we don’t leave home without it. Sometimes we just need a good rub down after a physically taxing day. Other times we dab a bit on our temples and inhale deeply before morning yoga to help us feel grounded and ready to take on the day. However you use it, let it help you let go of worries, ease tension, and enhance your self-confidence. 

Soothe Your Mind, Body, and Soul with Buddha Wood

We know you’re running around, grinding on projects, and generally kicking butt (Proud of you!). But don’t forget to take some time for yourself. If you’re not taking care of yourself, how can you expect to tackle all those beautiful dreams and aspirations?

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