Abelmoschus moschatus, Abelmosco, Abelmosk, Ambretta, Ambrette Plant, Egyptian Alcee, Gandapura, Graine d'Ambrette, Hibisco, Hibiscus abelmoschus, Kasturidana, Kasturilatika, Kasturi Bhendi, Ketmie Musquée, Latakasthuri, Latakasturi, Lata Kasturi, Lathakasthuri, Mushkdana, Muskadana, Muskmallow, Musk-Mallow, Musk Seed, Okra, Target-Leaved Hibiscus, Tindisha.


Overview Information

Ambrette is a plant. The seed of the plant, typically prepared as a tea, is used to make medicine. Oil from the ambrette seed has a musky aroma.

Orally, ambrette is used for stomach and intestinal disorders such as constipation, nausea, vomiting, upset stomach (dyspepsia), stomachcramps, loss of appetite, and stomach cancer.

It is also used orally for snakebites, headaches, depression, muscle spasms, arthritis, urinary incontinence, anxiety, sexual problems, gonorrhea, fluid retention, heart failure, and lung problems.

In foods, ambrette is an ingredient in vermouths, bitters, and other products.

In manufacturing, ambrette is used in perfumes, colognes, soaps, detergents, creams, and lotions. It has a musky fragrance.

How does it work?

Some laboratory research shows that certain ambrette seed and leaf extracts have antioxidant, anticancer, and antibacterial properties.


Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • Anxiety.
  • Arthritis.
  • Constipation.
  • Depression.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Gonorrhea.
  • Headaches.
  • Heart failure.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Lung problems.
  • Muscle spasms.
  • Nausea.
  • Sexual problems.
  • Snakebites.
  • Stomach cancer.
  • Stomach cramps.
  • Upset stomach (dyspepsia).
  • Urinary incontinence.
  • Vomiting.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of ambrette for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

Ambrette is LIKELY SAFE when taken by mouth in amounts found in food. The safety of taking larger amounts by mouth or applying ambrette to the skin is unknown. In some people, ambrette can cause skin irritation.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking ambrette if you are pregnant. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

It is POSSIBLY UNSAFE for nursing mothers to take ambrette by mouth or apply it to the skin. Ambrette seems to stay in mother's milk, but the importance of this is unknown.

Diabetes: Myricetin, a chemical in ambrette, can affect blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. Watch for signs of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and monitor your blood sugar carefully, if you have diabetes and use ambrette in amounts larger than the amounts normally found in food.

Surgery: Myricetin, a chemical in ambrette, might affect blood sugar and might interfere with blood sugar control during and after surgery. Stop taking ambrette at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.



We currently have no information for AMBRETTE Interactions.



The appropriate dose of ambrette depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for ambrette. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References


  • Du, Z., Clery, R. A., and Hammond, C. J. Volatile organic nitrogen-containing constituents in ambrette seed Abelmoschus moschatus Medik (Malvaceae). J.Agric.Food Chem. 8-27-2008;56(16):7388-7392. View abstract.
  • Liu, I. M., Liou, S. S., and Cheng, J. T. Mediation of beta-endorphin by myricetin to lower plasma glucose in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. J.Ethnopharmacol. 3-8-2006;104(1-2):199-206. View abstract.
  • Liu, I. M., Liou, S. S., Lan, T. W., Hsu, F. L., and Cheng, J. T. Myricetin as the active principle of Abelmoschus moschatus to lower plasma glucose in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Planta Med. 2005;71(7):617-621. View abstract.
  • Liu, I. M., Tzeng, T. F., Liou, S. S., and Lan, T. W. Improvement of insulin sensitivity in obese Zucker rats by myricetin extracted from Abelmoschus moschatus. Planta Med. 2007;73(10):1054-1060. View abstract.
  • Wojnarowska, F. and Calnan, C. D. Contact and photocontact allergy to musk ambrette. Br.J.Dermatol. 1986;114(6):667-675. View abstract.
  • Electronic Code of Federal Regulations. Title 21. Part 182 -- Substances Generally Recognized As Safe. Available at:
  • Gul MZ, Bhakshu LM, Ahmad F, et al. Evaluation of Abelmoschus moschatus extracts for antioxidant, free radical scavenging, antimicrobial and antiproliferative activities using in vitro assays. BMC Complement Altern Med 2011;11:64. View abstract.
  • Liu IM, Tzeng TF, Liou SS. Abelmoschus moschatus (Malvaceae), an aromatic plant, suitable for medical or food uses to improve insulin sensitivity. Phytother Res 2010;24(2):233-9. View abstract.

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