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Musk Seeds

Abelmoschus moschatus

musk seeds for incense

Aromatic Note: Base note


The aromatic seeds of a single Hibiscus species, Ablemoschus moschatus, are prized for their musky aroma.

Musk seeds are also known as Ambrette, Rose Mallow, and Hibiscus Seeds.

Of the 15 species of these hibiscus-like annuals and perennials, only Ablemoschus moschatus is used widely as an aromatic 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. The seeds add a wonderful musk-like aroma to any incense mixture.


Family: Malvaceae

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.

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.

Medical Disclaimer: Information on this web site is for entertainment purposes only. This information is NOT intended as medical advice, or for use as diagnosis or treatment of a health problem, or as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical professional.


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