Therapeutic Properties Described in the Aromatherapy Literature
- Considered an aphrodisiac because of the Ambrette Seed's musk-like oil aroma, it can also be included in natural perfume blends designed for this purpose.
- Noted aromatherapy uses include relieving fatigue, cramps, and poor circulation.1
Ambrette Seed in Research
The most common use of ambrette seed is in perfumery, but as with many essential oils, it contains compounds that may be of use for other therapeutic purposes. Studies have found that ambrette seed has significant antibacterial2, antioxidant3, anti-cancer3, and anti-diabetic4 properties and has potential to improve learning and memory and reverse neurodegeneration5.
Summary of Research Studies
- Ambrette seed oil and the compound ambrettolide, one of its main components, had significant antibacterial effects against multiple bacterial strains.2
- Ambrette seed exhibited strong antioxidant activity in vitro. It was also found to stop the spread to two cancer cell lines.3
- A study in rats showed that ambrette seed oil can improve insulin sensitivity in insulin resistant rats, suggesting that it may have potential as a diabetic therapy.4
- Ambrette seed extract was found to improve learning and memory in mice. It also reversed induced amnesia and is of interest for its potential in treating dementia and Alzheimer's.5
Ambrette seed oil is considered nontoxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing. If pregnant, breastfeeding, or intending to ingest the oil, please consult a physician. If using topically, as with all essential oils, test a small amount before applying liberally.
1 Harborne, Jeffrey B., and Herbert Baxter. Chemical Dictionary of Economic Plants. John Wiley & Sons, 2001.
2 Arokiyaraj, Selvaraj, et al. “Characterization of Ambrette Seed Oil and Its Mode of Action in Bacteria.” Molecules, vol. 20, no. 12, Dec. 2014, pp. 384–395., doi:10.3390/molecules20010384.
3 Gul, Mir Z, et al. “Evaluation of Abelmoschus Moschatus Extracts for Antioxidant, Free Radical Scavenging, Antimicrobial and Antiproliferative Activities Using in Vitro Assays.” BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 11, no. 64, 17 Aug. 2011, doi:10.1186/1472-6882-11-64.
4 Liu, I.-M., et al. “Abelmoschus Moschatus(Malvaceae), an Aromatic Plant, Suitable for Medical or Food Uses to Improve Insulin Sensitivity.” Phytotherapy Research, vol. 24, no. 2, Feb. 2010, pp. 233–239., doi:10.1002/ptr.2918.
5 Nandhini, S., et al.. "Memory strengthening activity on seeds of Abelmoschus moschatus." International Journal of Research in Pharmacy and Chemistry, vol. 4, no. 2, 2014, pp. 346-50.