Ambrette seed essential oil is not one of the better studied essential oils when it comes to medicinal properties and health benefits. While the oil is sometimes recommended for anxiety, stress and other concerns, it is definitely most commonly used for its scent more than it active ingredients.
In terms of the effects, it seems to be perhaps closest to clary sage oil out of the other essential oils. This suggests that it might act similarly on specific hormones – oxytocin and testosterone. It may also perhaps impact serotonin similarly to lemon oil or GABA similarly to valerian root oil.
Serotonin is the feel good hormone produced in the brain. This is released when we eat, when we’re having a good time with friends and when we exercise. This encourages us to engage in that activity more often and it also helps to reduce pain and improve our enjoyment of the situation we’re in. It also happens to be very calming. This is because serotonin converts to melatonin in the brain – our main sleep hormone. This also happens to be why we feel tired after eating a big meal! Serotonin is also good for reducing pain as it is the brain’s natural analgesic.
Oxytocin meanwhile is the ‘love hormone’. This is the hormone that gets produced when we look at our newborn children, or when we’re spending quality time with our partner. It makes us feel warm, relaxed and loved. This would make sense as well when you consider that this scent is sometimes used for cramps – which clary sage oil also is.