Xanthoxylum Essential Oil, is also known as Zanthoxylum, Tomar, and Timur Essential Oil. It is an intriguing yet much lesser known essential oil. Very little has been written about it.
The essential oil is typically steam distilled from dried fruits that resemble peppercorns. Steffen Arctander mentions that Xanthoxylum is known as “Chinese Wild Pepper” in the Far East. He describes the aroma of Xanthoxylum Essential Oil as “warm, woody, green-peppery and spicy” and that is it has an aroma that is reminiscent to cubeb and guaiacwood.
Xanthoxylum Essential Oil is abundant in linalol and limonene. It also contains about 6-10% of the ester methyl cinnamate which strongly contributes to the pleasantly fruity yet spicy aroma of the oil.
The uses for Xanthoxylum Essential Oil are not well documented, but its composition of linalol and limonene may make the oil useful in anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial blends and blends intended to support emotional balance.
- Steam distillation