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Zanthoxylum Essential Oil

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Zanthoxylum Essential Oil (Zanthoxylum armatum)

Zanthoxylum has been used for centuries as Ayurvedic medicine & a spice in culinary dishes such as soups.  Zanthoxylum essential oil may be used for balancing the digestive system, relaxing an overstimulated nervous system.

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-microbial
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-spasmodic
  • CNS Relaxant
  • Digestive Aid (Stomachic)
  • Mild Analgesic
  • Supports immune system

Aromatic Scent: Pungent, uplifting lemon zest, expressing wooden undertones.

Dr. Nick Notes

Zanthoxylum (AKA Xanthoxylum) is a small shrub or tree that grows wild in the hot valleys of the Himalayas. The fruits of Zanthoxylum bear the Tomar Seed which are ground up and added to cultural culinary dishes and also touted in Ayurvedic formulation as a digestive tonic and relaxant.  In Ayurvedic medicine, Zanthoxylum is used to support liver imbalances; research supports that the phenolic compounds contained in the Tomar Seed have hepatoprotective properties.

Healers of the Himalayas have used Zanthoxylum essential oil primarily for respiratory conditions and improving vocal quality due to its stimulating and moistening effect on the larynx. Due to high Linalool content in the essential oil, Zanthoxylum oil may also be very therapeutic for infections, pain, swelling, spasms, and calming an overstimulated nervous system. Cultural use also supports it’s benefits of soothing an upset stomach and aiding with menstrual cramps.

How to Use

  • Add to massage oils, salves, skin creams, or dilute in carrier oil to support relief of irritated skin, muscle swelling & mild aches / pains.
  • Add 1-3 drops to food or beverage to ease upset stomach, enhance digestion or ease hormonal cramps in women.
  • Combine Zanthoxylum essential oil in aromatherapy blends to calm an overstimulated nervous system.
  • Diffuse into an environment using your favorite diffuser, start with 1-5 drops.  Enjoy combining with other spices (ie. cardamom)!
  • Using an Essential VAAAPP, apply 1 drop into device. Gently heat device & Inhale with 1-3 breaths using vaporization - Stimulate the lungs, soothe the throat, relax the nervous system


Linalool is non-toxic. Zanthoxylum essential oil may be mildly skin sensitizing when the oil is aged (linalool content). Due to limited research it is advised to avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Blends Well With: Angelica Root (CO2), Black Cumin (CO2), Black Pepper, Black Spruce, Blood Orange, Himalayan Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Elemi, Frankincense Carterii (CO2), Geranium, Ginger (CO2), Lavender, Palo Santo, Rose Absolute, Rosemary Cineole, Royal Sandalwood, Turmeric (CO2), Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Cultivation: Conscious Cultivation / Pesticide-Free
Country of Origin: Nepal
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Parts of Plant Used: Leaves

Terpenes: Linalool, 2-Decanone, β-Fenchol, 2-Tridecanone, β-Phellandrene, Sabinene, α-pinene

~ In Gratitude ~


  • Tisserand, R., Young, R., & Williamson, E. M. (2014). Essential oil safety: a guide for health care professionals (2nd ed.). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.
  • Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Properties of the Essential Oil and Extracts of Zanthoxylum alatum Grown in North-Western Himalaya. Sanjay Guleria, A. K. Tiku, Apurva Koul, Sahil Gupta, Gurjinder Singh, V. K. Razdan. ScientificWorldJournal. 2013; 2013: 790580. Published online 2013 May 28.

** These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product. **


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