What Is Tuberose Essential Oil?
Even essential oil aficionados may not be too familiar with tuberose essential oil. It is better known and used more in the perfume industry than in aromatherapy. However, like most essential oils it has a decent variety of fragrant and medicinal uses.
If you are unfamiliar with tuberose and its essential oil, this article will hopefully be of some interest to you.
Tuberose essential oil is derived from the tuberose plant known scientifically as Polianthes tuberosa. This perennial plant is a native of Mexico but is now cultivated for its fragrant oils in many other parts of the world including India, China, South Africa, Egypt and Morocco and France.
The tuberose plant grows elongated spikes around 18 inches in length which produce fragrant white flowers in clusters blooming upwards from the bottom of the plant’s spike. Its long green leaves are clustered towards the base of the plant while smaller leaves grow along its stem.
The flowers which bloom only at night have six petals and produce a beautiful, sweet and slightly spicy fragrance that many people find captivating and alluring.
Tuberose essential oil is derived from the plant’s blossoms as they are about to unfold since opened flowers tend to lose the oils quickly after cutting. On the other hand, even after being collected the buds continue producing their precious essential oil.
Tuberose absolute essential oil is extracted by a process of solvent extraction in order to ensure that the full aroma is captured. The oil is a dark orange viscous absolute oil that congeals when cool because of the natural wax contained by the oil. The oil has a rich, sweet aroma that reminds you of honeysuckle.
Like most essential oils, tuberose oil blends very well with many other oils. Try blending tuberose with bergamot, geranium, frankincense, clary sage, neroli, orange, ylang ylang or sandalwood essential oil.
Chemical Composition of Tuberose Essential Oil
Tuberosa essential oil owes its potential benefits to the range of chemical constituents found within. Its components include benzyl alcohol, eugenol, geraniol, nerol, farnesol, menthyl benzoate among others.
What is Tuberose Essential Oil Good For?
1) As a Deodorant
Tuberose essential oil is a common ingredient in perfumes because of its delectable fragrance but its powerful, long lasting scent also makes it an excellent natural deodorant.
In very hot climates where people tend to perspire more, tuberosa oil is a popular choice to keep nasty body odors under wraps. Its rich, floral fragrance lasts well and can keep you smelling sweet through the day.
2) For The Skin
Give your skin a natural treat with tuberose essential oil. It can be used to moisturize your skin helping you achieve a soft, healthy appearance. By gently massaging your skin with water and tuberose oil, your skin will retain its moisture for longer and may benefit your appearance especially if you use it regularly. Tuberose oil works especially well on dry skin.
Tuberose essential oil also has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that might help treat common skin conditions like acne or psoriasis. It can also be applied to your feet to help treat cracked heels.
3) To Spice up your Love Life
If you need to pep up your love life and get into the right mood for romance, tuberose essential oil has a reputation for being an effective aphrodisiac. Inhaling its rich vapors in the evening or adding a fee drops to your bath water might help put you in just the right mood for love.
Like all essential oils, the tiny aromatic molecules reach the brain’s limbic system when inhaled and they can have a dramatic effect on mood. That is why so many essential oils work so well to deal with anxiety and depression. The limbic system is also responsible for enhancing sexual desires and for some people tuberose may be just what they need.
Of course, tuberose may not have the desired effect for everybody but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that essential oils diffused at night can genuinely get couples in the right mood.
There are also claims that it has the ability to enhance proper blood circulation can help treat men with erectile difficulties.
Unfortunately there is no evidence that tuberose can cure you of sexual dysfunction but there is no harm in giving it a go. Also claims that the tuberose flower gets its names like night queen and queen of the night because of its aphrodisiac qualities are not true. It is so called because the flowers blossom at night.
4) Relaxing and Calming
If you are feeling anxious or stressed out, essential oils can be an incredible natural blessing. Unlike most powerful pharmaceuticals, using essential oils to treat your system does not bring with it the risk of side effects or dependency.
Essential oils like tuberose can help relax the nerves and calm the mind. Tuberose essential oil has mild sedative effects and if you diffuse this wonderful oil at night, it may even help you sleep more easily.
When it comes to emotional health, you will find that what works for one person does not necessarily work for another. There are many essential oils that can be effective for stress, anxiety and depression so you may need patience and a little trial and error.
5) Muscle Relaxant
Massaging tuberose essential oil into your muscles can help improve blood flow and soothe your aches and pains. It may also help alleviate stomach cramps and pain caused by a woman’r monthly period.
Before applying tuberose to your skin make sure that you dilute it properly in a suitable carrier oil. You should also perform a patch test on a small area of skin to ensure you are not allergic to the oil,
According to studies, tuberose essential oil possesses excellent antibacterial and anti-fungal properties making it suitable for treating various conditions. Studies have demonstrated that tuberose is effective against several strains of bacteria. (1) Another study showed it was effective against certain fungal strains. (2)
7) Blood Circulation
Its ability to improve blood circulation makes tuberose essential oil an effective treatment for joint pain and rheumatism as well as many other conditions caused by poor circulation.
How to use Tuberose Essential Oil
There are many ways to use tuberose essential oil to get the best out of it.
- Inhalation : You can inhale this very powerful, fragrant oil from your diffuser to help ease your nerves and help you get a good night of sleep.
- Massage : Combine your tuberose oil with a suitable base oil like coconut or sweet almond and massage the mixture into your skin to improve circulation and ease muscle pains.
- Bath : Simple ad a few drops to your bath tub and let the goodness sink in.
Tuberosa essential oil is not regarded as toxic and is likely safe to apply topically. However, there are some precautions you should be aware of.
- Do not take tuberose essential oil internally. It is never wise to consume essential oils because they are so strong.
- Make sure that you dilute the oil with water or a carrier oil before applying it topically.
- Perform a patch test on a discrete area of skin before going ahead with a larger topical dose.