Well, it’s an essential oil called Eremophila mitchellii. This oil is commonly known as Buddha Wood oil. Also known as a poor man’s Sandalwood. It is uniquely Australian. It is oil used traditionally by the Australian aborigines.
I’m a guy who doesn’t sleep much. Using Eremophila mitchellii, I fall asleep the moment my head hits the pillow. I much prefer this oil to the popular floral, Lavender.
Eremophila mitchellii has an interesting, and distinctly Australian story.
The origins of buddha wood oil
Now, who thought essential oils are boring? The Latin, botanical name is interesting. Eremophila is made up of Phila—to love; and Eremo—a lonely place or desert. The mitchellii comes from Sir Thomas Mitchell, a famous, early explorer of remote regions (including deserts) in Australia. He was also an accomplished botanist.
Now, this Thomas Mitchell (15 June 1792—5 October 1855) was a colourful character. He undertook four major expeditions in the South-Eastern areas of Australia between 1831 and 1846.
And during these expeditions, he was responsible for mapping vast regions of Australia. Remember, the country was largely unexplored at that time. Each expedition was an incredible adventure.
Also, he was not an easy man to get along with. The Governor at that time, Charles Fitzroy, is quoted as saying “It is notorious that Sir Thomas Mitchell’s unfortunate impracticability of temper and spirit of opposition of those in authority over him misled him into frequent collision with my predecessors.”
Mitchell is also remembered as the last person in Australia to challenge anyone to a duel. In September 1851, Mitchell issued a challenge to Sir Stuart Alexander Donaldson because Donaldson had publicly criticised excessive spending by the Surveyor General’s Department. The duel took place in Sydney at dawn on 27 September with both duellists missing their marks. Only Donaldson’s hat was damaged in the altercation. Their seconds stepped in to declare that honour had been satisfied and the duel was abandoned.
The chemical side of things
Chemically, Eremophila mitchellii is interesting. It has a close chemical relationship to Agarwood The oils main components are three closely related sesquiterpene ketones—eremophilone; 2-hydroxyeremophilone; 2-hydroxy-2-dihydroeremophilone—none of which have ever before been discovered in nature. This makes Eremophila mitchelli oil unique.
Growing and harvesting
What attracts me to Buddha Wood oil is that it is wild harvested. Eremophila mitchellii grows wild in the drier parts of northern South Australia, eastern Queensland and northern-central New South Wales, Australia.
The oil is a fully steam-distilled product. They distil it from the heartwood and sometimes also the bark of the tree. This makes Eremophila mitchellii oil a truly ethical, sustainable and economical alternative to today’s modern fragrances.
The fragrance is distinctive. Woody and slightly smoky. Deep, exotic, with romantic undertones.
I find it a remarkably balancing and grounding oil. It makes a good alternative to Sandalwood, Eremophila mitchellii oil is often used in perfumery, especially in refined cologne for men.
Emotionally, Buddha Wood oil does wonders for people plagued by insomnia. I like to blend Eremophila mitchelli with Vetiver oil. I use a room spray before bed to encourage sleep. This calming, grounding essential oil can lead to clarity and peace of mind, which leads to deep sleep.
Available through Indochine Natural? No, not yet. It’s a rare and expensive oil, and I’m not sure if our current market is ready for it. I am also exploring various uses.
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Dr Mike Thair
Indochine Natural Sdn Bhd