Tuberose is not a very popular name in the world of herbal medicines. In fact, it is very popular and priced among perfume manufacturers. Its flower has a beautiful fragrance, which is active at night, which is the only time that this flower blooms. Due to this, tuberose is popularly known as Night Queen, Mistress of the Night, or Raat ki Raani, as it is known in Hindi. It grows well in Central America and India and is in high demand in the countries of the Indian Subcontinent, Middle East, and Africa in order to make perfume.
Its scientific name is Polianthes tuberosa and its essential oil is extracted from its flowers by a solvent extraction method. The main components of tuberose essential oil are benzyl alcohol, butyric acid, eugenol, farnesol, geraniol, methyl benzoate, menthyl anthranilate and nerol.
Health Benefits of Tuberose Essential Oil
The various medicinal properties of this essential oil are as follows.
Justifying its romantic and sensual names that include Night Queen and Mistress of the Night, this oil behaves as an aphrodisiac. It is commonly used as an aphrodisiac both in aromatherapy as well as in herbal medicines. The very strong, intense, and intoxicating floral fragrance made with the essential oil of tuberose fills the atmosphere with romance and builds an atmosphere of love. This oil is found to be very effective in treating frigidity and a lack of libido. Certain components of this essential oil stimulate those parts of the brain that are responsible for arousal, sexual feelings, and libido, both when used in aromatherapy or taken orally (there are very rare examples of oral administration of this oil, since the aroma is very strong).
It also relaxes the mind, which is a pre-requisite for successful sex, as tension and stress are two of its biggest enemies. Furthermore, it has a warming effect on the organs because it increases circulation of the blood, which helps cure erectile dysfunctions and impotency.
Eliminates Bad Odor
I don’t think that I need to explain its deodorant properties. This essential oil, which is world famous for its use in perfumes, certainly doesn’t need any explanation about its function as a deodorant. The rich, intense, and long-lasting floral fragrance is an ideal choice for a deodorant, which is why it is so popular in countries with hot and humid climates, as they have to frequently deal with sweat and the resultant body odor.
Relieves Stress & Anxiety
The pleasant fragrance and various chemical components of this oil have relaxing effects on the brain, nerves, and the muscles. It calms people and gives relief from stress, tension, anxiety, depression, anger, nervous afflictions, convulsions, cramps, spasmodic coughs, and diarrhea.
This essential oil is good for sedating inflammations, particularly those pertaining to the nervous system and the respiratory system. However, to have this sedating effect, it should be used in relatively high dilution. Animal research published in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity further elaborated that tuberose not only has strong anti-inflammation properties, it is also antioxidant in nature.
Increases Blood Circulation
Tuberose essential oil stimulates and increases blood circulation throughout the body, thereby inducing a warming effect. This effect counters the feeling of cold in winters, keeps the respiratory system warm, prevents the deposition of phlegm and catarrh, increases activity, and also helps to cure sexual disorders.
In addition to the benefits described above, this essential oil can also be used to keep the skin free of infections and cracks, in-hair oils (this does not suit everyone and may cause headaches) to counter nausea, and also reduces the tendency of vomiting and the effects of foul smells in certain areas.
A Few Words of Caution: It is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. However, since it does have a very strong and intense aroma, it may cause headaches and can be slightly irritating to the nerves if used in higher concentration. Hence, very mild doses should be used for best results.
Blending: In most cases, the essential oil of tuberose is found blended with the essential oil of Jojoba, since in pure form its fragrance is excessively strong and overpowering. It also forms good blends with the essential oils of bergamot, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, lavender, mandarin, neroli, orange, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, and vetiver.