Muhuhu oil, (African Sandalwood), Wild, Kenya
This tree is native to Tanzania and Kenya along the East African coast and into mountain regions. The hard wood is used for flooring. The off cut leftover material and sawdust is milled and steam distilled to produce the essential oil. While few definitive studies have been documented Muhuhu oil probably shares the therapeutic properties of other sesquiterpenes. Oils in this class are reputed to be antifungal, analgesic, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antibacterial, cicatrizing, cooling, grounding, hypotensive, sedative and warming. Since other sesquiterpenes derived from wood are cedarwood and sandalwood it is likely Muhuhu aromatherapy will evolve in that direction. In blending Muhuhu adds a woody smokiness not unlike Indonesian Vetiver, albeit a much finer aroma. It will also prove itself by vintage. Like other oils known for woody notes Muhuhu improves with age.