Traditionally used as perfume. However, in Arabian countries, Ambrette seeds were added to coffee to enhance flavor. In China, the oil was used to reduce headaches, and in Egypt, it was used both to sweeten the breath, and when emulsified in milk, to ease discomfort from rashes. In India, roots, and seeds of Ambrette are considered valuable traditional medicines; the bitter-sweet, acrid, aromatic seeds are made into a liquid tonic. In India and Malaysia, pounded seeds are used to perfume hair, while seeds are also placed between clothes to keep away insects (in a similar manner as Patchouli). Seeds are burned as incense and used in making incense sticks. In the Philippines, a tea made of the roots and leaves is ingested for gonorrhea and rheumatism. In Indonesia, pulverized seeds are used for prickly heat. In traditional Vietnamese medicine, the plant is used as an anti-venom and a diuretic. Finally, the tuberous roots are sought after by the Chinese as a substitute for ginseng.
Therapeutic Properties Described in the Aromatherapy Literature
Appetite stimulant, Carminative, Digestive aid, General stimulant, Adrenal support*, Aphrodisiac, Ophthalmic, Cardiotonic, Stomachic, Diuretic, Anti-depressant, Antispasmodic, and Deodorant.
*Ambrette Seed essential oil is considered to be a powerful adrenal gland stimulator. It may be beneficial to use in combination adrenal rejuvenator to help those not feeling the effects of their morning coffee any longer, though is not recommended for use much afternoon so as to not keep one awake at night. Note: Ambrette may also be helpful in the targeting of anxiety, depression, nervousness and stress-related conditions. Considered an aphrodisiac because of the Ambrette Seed's musk-like oil aroma, it can also be included in most natural perfume blends designed for this purpose.