Ambrette Seed Absolute
Abelmoschus moschatus / Hibiscus abelmoschus
Ambrette Seed Absolute is a rich, woody, musky oil that is wonderful to work with and experiment with when creating exotic, oriental or masculine blends. It is also said to act as an aphrodisiac.
Although Ambrette Seed Absolute is said to be helpful in blends intended for aches and poor circulation, I tend to reach for Ambrette Seed Absolute most often for its use in natural perfumery and fragrancing.
Several sources mention that Ambrette Seed Absolute may also be helpful for reducing anxiety.
Ambrette Seed Absolute Benefits and Uses
- Poor Blood Circulation
- Low Blood Pressure
Source: Julia Lawless, The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (Rockport, MA: Element Books, 1995), 60-66.]
Common Method of Extraction
Plant Part Typically Used
Strength of Initial Aroma
Ambrette Seed Absolute smells musky and woody. It is rich with floral undertones.
- Farnesyl acetate
- Decyl acetate
- Dodecyl acetate
See Essential Oil Safety for a more complete list of typical constituents.
Source: B.M. Lawrence, Essential Oils 1988-1991 (Wheaton: Allured Publishing, 1993), 177-178. B.M. Lawrence, Progress in Essential Oils. (Perfumer & Flavorist 21 no. 4, 1996), 58. Sources cited in Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 193.
Ambrette Seed Absolute Safety Information
Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Ambrette Seed Oil. However, they precaution to avoid use of the oil if it has oxidized. Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended. [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 193.]
Ambrette Seed CO2 Supercritical Total Extract
In addition to being available as an essential oil, this botanical is available from a small number of reputable sources as a CO2 extract. CO2 extracts offer many advantages. However, they can have differing safety precautions than essential oils because the natural chemistry of CO2 extracts can differ from their essential oil counterparts. Not much safety information is documented from trusted sources for CO2 extracts. Use CO2 extracts with great care and do not assume that every CO2 extract has the same safety precautions as its essential oil counterpart.
General Safety Information
Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb's Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb's Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
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