is an aromatic and medicinal plant in the Malvaceae family, which is native to
India. These seeds have a sweet, flowery, heavy fragrance quite similar to that
of musk. Despite its tropical origin the plant is frost hardy. The evergreen
shrub grows well in India, and is cultivated in the West Indies, China and
Indonesia. Its used as a spice in the East, and as a musk substitute in
perfumery. In India it is popularly known as Mushkdana or Kasturi Bhendi. Oil is
extracted from the musky, kidney- shaped, fully ripened seeds. The oil should be
allowed to mature for a few months before use in flavours or fragrances, to
allow the fatty acid notes to subdue and a rich, sweet, floral-musky almost
wine-like or brandy like odour to develop.
When ambrette uncrushed/whole seeds are distilled, a liquid essential oil is
produced, the crushed seeds yield a solid (so called concrete), the latter oil
contains a high amount of palmitic acid. A true concrete is also produced.
Ambrette seed is very grounding. Traditionally, it cures cramp, indigestion,
acidity and other stomach complaints, and treats headaches and nerves. In
aromatherapy, it is effective for anxiety, depression, fatigue or other
stress-related conditions. It is also good for cramps, muscular aches and poor
moschatus seed oil, Hibiscus abelmoschus l. seed oil, Annual
hibiscus, Bamia Moschata, Galu Gasturi, Muskdana, Musk mallow, Musk
okra, Musk seeds, Ornamental okra, Rose mallow seeds, Tropical jewel
rich, floral musky
of Initial Aroma:
bergamot, carrot seed, cedarwoods, cognac, costus, frankincense,
galbanum, guaiacwood, gurgun balsam, juniper berry, lavender, mandarin,
mimosa, myrrh, orange, patchouli, peppermint, spruce.
oil was formerly highly appreciated in perfumery, but has now been
largely replaced by synthetic musks. The Chinese used it to treat
headaches, and in Egypt it is used to sweeten the breath and as an
emulsion in milk to treat itches.
and stimulating powers are attributed to the oils. The seeds are used to
give flavor to the coffee of the Arabs. Also some use to treat Cramps,
fatigue, muscular aches and pains, anxiety, depression and other nervous
complaints, some use in perfumery and flavourings.
toxic, non irritant, non sensitizing.