Tonka Bean

Dipteryx odorata


THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: antiseptic, anti-coagulant, anti-spasmodic, aphrodisiac, expectorant, stimulant, carminative, diaphoretic, febrifuge

RESONANCE: physical, emotional


PART UTILIZED:seeds, bark


APPLICATION: Dilute and apply anywhere on the body. May be used as a perfume due to its wonderful, sweet aroma.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: The aroma of tonka bean is very sweet, rich, sensual and vanilla-esque with caramel notes.

EMOTIONAL – SPIRITUAL – MENTAL ASPECTS: The natives of South America refer to tonka bean oil as the Oil of Initiation.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Due to its wonderful smell, Tonka Bean oil has been used widely in the perfume industry. It is fairly new on the essential oil market, though it has been in use in South America for a long time as an extract made by soaking the beans in rum. Traditional herbal uses of Tonka Bean include treating ear aches, coughs, lung congestion, asthma, and for treating cuts, bruises, rheumatism, and even snake bites. Tonka Bean is a fixative oil and blends especially well with citrus and floral oils. Tonka Bean is a natural aphrodisiac. The active ingredient in Tonka Bean essential oil is coumarin which is a blood thinner and is used to prevent blood clotting. Coumarin also acts as a natural pesticide.

CAUTION: This oil should be used in small amounts due to the coumarin content, and should absolutely not be used internally. Information regarding the use of tonka bean during pregnancy and lactation is lacking.

This information is for educational purposes only, it is not intended to treat, cure, prevent or, diagnose any disease or condition. Nor is it intended to prescribe in any way. This information is for educational purposes only and may not be complete, nor may its data be accurate.
As with all essential oils, never use them undiluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier.


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