Type of plant: Perennial bulbous plant with tall, straight stems on top of which are highly fragrant, creamy-white, star-shaped flowers
Part used: Flowers
Method of extraction: CO2 and solvent extraction, enfleurage
Data: Tuberose is a night-flowering plant pollinated by moths. Despite the name, it’s not related to rose and derives its name from its tuberous root. Native to Mexico and Central America, the flower has been adopted in Hawaii, where the highly fragrant flowers are used as personal decoration, and in India, where garlands are offered to images of gods and goddesses. It’s said that the plant was brought to France in the sixteenth century by a missionary who then cultivated it in a monastery garden. The fragrance of tuberose is so intense it became a mainstay of the French perfume industry as it developed in Grasse, Provence.
Principal places of production: India, France, Egypt, Madagascar, Morocco
When buying look for: Viscous, deep yellow to golden amber-brown liquid with a creamy, deeply intense floral aroma and a very faint spicy, minty note
Therapeutic properties: Antidepressant, antimicrobial, calmative, carminative, hypnotic, relaxant, sedative, spasmodic, stimulant
Therapeutic uses: Muscular spasm, stress-induced conditions, physical tension, insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, anxiety, depression
Blends well with: Amyris, balsam de Peru, benzoin, bergamot, black pepper, cananga, cistus, clove bud, coriander seed, frankincense, galbanum, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, linden blossom, mandarin, mimosa, narcissus, orange (sweet), patchouli, peppermint, petitgrain, rose absolute, rose otto, sandalwood, spearmint, tangerine, vanilla, ylang ylang
Precautionary advice: May cause irritation on sensitive skins; a skin patch test is advisable. Best avoided during pregnancy and while breast-feeding. GRAS status.