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Hibiscus abelmoschus Ambrette Malvaceae

Musk okra is an annual tropical herbaceous plant growing up to 2mtr (6') tall.
It has toothed leaves; yellow - or purple flowers.
The seeds are in a hairy, cornered pyramid capsule; these seeds have medicinal applications; as an antidote for snakebites; an emulsion from the seeds is considered to be anti-spasmodic and is used externally.
Extensively used as an insecticide and a aphrodisiac.
The oil of the seeds, with a strong musk odor, are also used in the perfume industry (now largely replaced by synthetic musk oils) and is used to flavor coffee. Hardiness
USDA zone 9B - 11.
Propagation
Seeds and cuttings.
Culture
Full sun.
Flowers year round.

Country of Origin: India
Extraction Method: Distilled
Parts Used: whole (uncrushed) seeds
Ambrette Seed Oil should be allowed to age for several months before being used in perfumes or flavors. By then, the initial fatty notes are subdued, and a rich, sweet, floral-musky, distinctly wine like or brandy like odor is developed with a bouquet and roundness rarely found in any other perfume material.

The odor has some notes in common with Cypress oil, Bulgarian rose oil, Clary sage and Cognac oil. There are certain tobacco like and 'over ripe fruit' like notes with great similarity to higher esters of decyl alcohol. The water-white or pale yellow oil displays a tenacity of odor which is almost incredible.

Ambrette Seed Oil finds application in perfumes of the more sophisticated type. Also known for the 'exalting' effect which they impart to perfumes, and for the unique bouquet they lend to perfume and flavors. This material blends excellently with Rose, Neroli and Sandalwood.

 

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