Description: Of the 15 species of this these hibiscus-like annuals and perennials, only ablemoschus moschatus is used widely as an herb. This species name comes from the Arabic abu-l-mosk, meaning "father of musk," due to the seeds musk-like aroma.
Since musk deer are an endangered species we encourage you to avoid procuring true musk or musk oil and try using these seeds instead. They add a wonderful musk-like aroma to any incense mixture.
Synonyms: ambrette seeds, rose mallow seeds, hibiscus seeds, hibiscus abelmoschus
Origin: Tropical Asia
Parts Used: seeds
Aroma Description: rich, sweet, slightly floral, heavy, musk-like, brandy-like, tobacco-like
Cosmetic Uses: perfumery, aromatherapy
Culinary Uses: leaves, new shoots and unripe pods (musk okra) are eaten as vegetables. Seeds flavor coffee, liqueurs, breads and spice mixes.
Medicinal Attributes: stimulant herb with insecticide properties. Relaxes spasms, treats digestive disorders, cramps, poor circulation, aching joints, and its oil is used in aromatherapy for anxiety and depression.
Element Association: Water
Magical Associations: Dreams
Planetary Association: Moon, Venus, Mars
Aromatic Note: Base note
Essential Oil: Yes, both an essential oil and absolute are made. Store in 50% alcohol solution in cool temperatures to prevent rancid notes developing from the fatty oils and acids in the oil.
Mixes Well: aloeswood, sandalwood, rose, tolu balsam, benzoin, calamus, cassia, cinnamon, clove, frankincense, galangal, galbanum, ginger, labdanum, lavender, myrrh, patchouli, saffron, spikenard, star anise, storax, vetiver, valerian root, etc.
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