Tuberose Essential oil

Although tuberose may be an uncommon name in herbal medicine, it is well-known among manufacturers of the perfume industry. Since it blooms at night, it is popularly called ‘Night Queen’.

The beautiful fragrance of the flower makes it a valuable ingredient in perfumes; however, it is also gaining popularity in the world of aromatherapy for treating aches and pains and rejuvenating the mind.


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Organic tuberose essential oil is renowned for its aroma and fragrance. The mesmerizing fragrance is said to rejuvenate the mind and the body; it is also believed to possess aphrodisiac properties. Tuberose is scientifically known as Polianthes Tuberosa. It belongs to the Amaryllis family from the genus Polianthes. The name tuberose is derived from the Latin word ‘tuberosa’, which means ‘swollen’. The plant has thin leaves and large white heavily-scented flowers.


Tuberose is a native to Mexico and thrives well in countries such as France, India, China, Hawaii, and Morocco. Aztec healers refer to this as the bone flower because of its waxy, luminous white flowers. Hawaiians make use tuberose for leis. The flower also has immense use in the Ayurvedic tradition. It is used to increase emotional stamina of a person. In Indonesia, it is used to make soy sauce and soups. In other parts of the world, it is cultivated for its hypnotic aroma and has great potential in the ornamental flower market.

Physical properties

Tuberose essential oil has a rich, heady, and sweet floral fragrance and is somewhat spicy.

How to extract

Tuberose absolute is extracted from the petals of tuberose by solvent extraction. However, organic tuberose essential oil is extracted by enfleurage, which is an ancient method of extraction. Unlike solvent extraction process that involves using harsh chemicals, enfleurage is a gentle process. The aromatic oil from tuberose flowers is absorbed by pure palm oil. Once palm oil gets saturated with the essence of tuberose flower, it is mixed with pure cane sugar alcohol that separates palm oil from tuberose essential oil. By evaporating the mixture, pure organic tuberose essential oil is obtained.

Enfluerage is a labor intensive and expensive process. However, the aroma of organic tuberose essential oil extracted by the enfleurage method is similar to that of an actual tuberose flower.

Chemical composition

The chemical constituents of tuberose essential oil include the following:

  • Benzyl alcohol
  • Butric acid
  • Eugenol
  • Farnesol
  • Geraniol
  • Menthyl benzoate
  • Menthyl anthranilate
  • Nerol


Tuberose essential oil is nontoxic, nonirritant and nonsensitizing. However, if used in concentrated form, it may cause headaches due to its intense aroma. Since it is an absolute, it should not be taken internally. It also has narcotic properties and is often used in the perfume industry.


  • Owing to its fragrance, tuberose is used as the main ingredient in perfumes. Its intense, long-lasting and rich fragrance makes it a perfect choice.
  • The magical aroma of the oil is said to rejuvenate one’s body and mind, leaving you with a feeling of well-being. As such, it can be used to treat emotional stress and anxiety.
  • Organic tuberose essential oil also has powerful anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties.

Therapeutic Applications

Organic tuberose essential oil’s therapeutic application is limited to aromatherapy as an aphrodisiac and mood-lifter. Since tuberose essential oil has soothing effects on the brain and the nerves, and muscles, it is used to reduce stress, tension, depression, and anxiety.

  • Additionally, it is good for aches and pains.
  • Tuberose absolute also positively affects blood circulation, and thus provides enough heat to the body and helps to keep the respiratory system clean, by preventing collection of phlegm and catarrh.
  • The warming effect of tuberose oil also helps to counter cold in winters.
  • The oil could be used to avoid skin infections as cracks that appear on dried skin.
  • It can also be used to alleviate nausea.

Blends well with

Tuberose can easily blend with other essential oils. It blends well with essential oils such as Jojoba, mandarin, clary sage, bergamot, geranium, lavender, frankincense, neroli, orange, and sandalwood.

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