Osmanthus is a flower which originated from China. It has a fruity and delicate aroma like that of apricots. The flowers may range from a silvery white to golden orange in color. The osmanthus absolute extract is prepared from the golden orange flowers.
The osmanthus absolute is a viscous liquid which is pourable and is greenish brown in color. It has a consistency like that of molasses. It blends well with bergamot, cardamom, jasmine and mandarin essential oils.
The osmanthus absolute is extracted using the solvent extraction method.
The chemical components of osmanthus absolute are
The osmanthus absolute is one of the most expensive of absolutes where a kilo of it can fetch around $4000. It is one of the main reasons why it is such a prized absolute and is only used in the most exotic of perfumes.
It is also said to be beneficial for the growth of hair and maintenance of skin by keeping it soft and supple. Osmanthus absolute also helps in getting rid of cough, a drop or two in the humidifier is enough to bring relief to nasal congestion.
It is also a known aphrodisiac which can be used to treat a number of sexual dysfunctions like impotence and a low libido. Osmanthus absolute is a well known anti depressant, it gets rid of stress and negative thoughts and helps build up a more positive self image.
The ancient Chinese believed in the spiritual importance of osmanthus. They believed that it led to a purity of soul, provided enlightenment and was a symbol of purity and innocence. Even to this day most aroma therapists stress its importance in disciplines like meditation which can help relax the mind and body and help in establishing tranquility of the soul.