Ambrette is an aromatic and medicinal plant in the Malvaceae family, which is native to India. The evergreen shrub grows well in India, and is cultivated in the West Indies, China and Indonesia. It is used as a spice in the East, and as a musk substitute in perfumery.
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.
It is a good choice when you are looking for a calming, grounding, oil, with its real value being in perfuming work, or the development of aphrodisiac , unisex , musk blends where it will add deep, provocative, notes without a distinct feminine influence, which is rare in aphrodisiac blends, which are usually quite feminine.
It is also known as an excellent cure for many ailment related to the stomach such as indigestion, acidity, cramps and other disorders. It blends well with amyris, bergamot, carrot seed, cedarwood, cognac, costus, frankincense, galbanum, guaiacwood, gurgun balsam, juniper berry and many more oils.
In the Philippines a decoction of the roots and leaves is taken as an emollient remedy for gonorrhoea and rheumatism. In Indonesia pulverized seeds mixed with powder provide a useful remedy to treat prickly heat.
Do not take any essential oils internally without consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.
Do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes or other concentrated essences onto the skin. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use essential oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner.
Use extreme caution when using oils with children and give children only the gentlest oils at extremely low doses.
It is safest to consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using essential oils with children.