Cabreuva oil is obtained by steam distillation of the wood of Myrocarpus frondosus. It is known locally as Incienso Rojo.
It is a large tropical tree growing up to 15 metres high. It grows wild throughout the northern part of Paraguay.
The wood has many attributes including a floral, almost rose type odour and is commonly used in perfumery. It is high in nerolidol with around 55% naturally occurring.
Despite the tree being able to be harvested all year, local weather (both heat and rains) can cause prolonged periods of gaps in harvesting; meaning supply is not always as constant as it may appear it should be.
The oil also has antiseptic qualities and is found in some traditional topical products to treat minor wounds.
Overall supplies in 2017 have been a problem but as we leave the year there is a little optimism that the situation is improving. It very much depends on the demand patterns as in some months when demand is low there isn’t a great problem but in other months when there is some demand there is almost a crisis. Let’s hope the markets stay balanced in 2018 so we don’t run into the same issues experienced in 2017.
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