Abelmoschus moschatus, (Abelmosk, ambrette, annual hibiscus, Bamia Moschata, Galu Gasturi, muskdana, musk mallow, musk okra, ornamental okra, rose mallow, tropical jewel hibiscus, Yorka okra) is an aromatic and medicinal plant in the family Malvaceae native to Asia and Australia.
Historical Uses: The 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.
Modern Uses: Relaxing 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.
Works well with Oriental and floral perfume bases. Ambrette Seed is “known for the ‘exalting’ effect which it imparts to perfumes.
- Anise (Star)
- Balsam of Peru
- Clary Sage
- Orange Blossom
- Tonka Bean
- Ylang Ylang
The scent alleviates anxiety, stress and tension. Use for calming, soothing and relaxation.
Can also assist in the treatment of insomnia due to its calming effects.
It is part of the Herbaceous-floral perfume group, and is considered to be a Middle to top fragrance note.
Dilute before using. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.
Ambrette is likely safe when taken by mouth in amounts found in food. The safety of taking larger amounts by mouth or applying ambrette to the skin is unknown. In some people, ambrette can cause skin irritation.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking ambrette if you are pregnant. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
It is possibly for nursing mothers to take ambrette by mouth or apply it to the skin. Ambrette seems to stay in mother’s milk, but the importance of this is unknown.
Diabetes: Myricetin, a chemical in ambrette, can affect blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully, if you have diabetes and use ambrette in amounts larger than the amounts normally found in food.
Surgery: Myricetin, a chemical in ambrette, might affect blood sugar and might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking ambrette at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.