Reviewed on 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

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


Ambrette is a plant. The seed of the plant, typically prepared as a tea, is used to make medicine.

Ambrette is used for stomach and intestinal disorders with cramps, loss of appetite, and stomach cancer.

It is also used for headaches, muscle spasms, hysteria, gonorrhea, and lung problems.

Some people use it as a stimulant. It has also been used to treat snakebites.

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

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

How does it work?

There isn't enough information to know how ambrette works.


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Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of ambrette for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

Side Effects

Ambrette is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth in amounts found in food. The safety of taking larger amounts by mouth is unknown.

Ambrette is also POSSIBLY SAFE when a small amount of the dilute oil is applied directly to the skin. In some people, ambrette can cause skin irritation.


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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.


Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)Interaction Rating: Moderate Be cautious with this combination.Talk with your health provider.

Myricetin, a chemical in ambrette, might lower blood sugar. Diabetes medications are also used to lower blood sugar. Taking ambrette along with diabetes medications might cause your blood sugar to go too low. Monitor your blood sugar closely. The dose of your diabetes medication might need to be changed.

Some medications used for diabetes include glimepiride (Amaryl), glyburide (DiaBeta, Glynase PresTab, Micronase), insulin, metformin (Glucophage), pioglitazone (Actos), rosiglitazone (Avandia), chlorpropamide (Diabinese), glipizide (Glucotrol), tolbutamide (Orinase), and others.


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.

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