Tonka Bean

Dipteryx odorata

Origin: Venezuela
Family: Fabaceae
Part used: Seed

Commonly known as Brazilian teak, Dipteryx odorata is a species of flowering tree in the pea family. The tree is native to Central America and northern South America. Its seeds are known as Tonka beans and are black and wrinkled with a smooth, brown interior. These seeds are common fragrance additions to tobacco, perfumes and cosmetics. It has a medicinal reputation in the reduction of nausea plus the elevation of mood and libido.
Fragrance notes
A warmly complex, nutty aroma with elements of vanilla, wood, almond and tobacco. Subtle hints of gingerbread and pistachio.

Blending notes
Blends well with: Vanilla, Clary Sage, Geranium and Jasmine.
In South America, their country of origin, Tonka beans are considered a lucky charm. There's a complex ritual involving a dead snake, a tonka bean, a tree and a river - but we don't recommend this. Its use in French perfumery dates back to the 8th century. The seeds contain coumarin, which is the essence used for its fragrant flavour in food, liquor, cosmetics and tobacco production. It is often used as a substitute for vanilla. In South America, seeds are used in a traditional drink. Tonka Beans have been associated with medicinal tonics and treatments for cramps and nausea. They are also widely considered to contain aphrodisiac properties.

Please note: the traditional uses listed here are for reference only and should not be taken as recommendations for treatment, or cure, of any disease or medical condition. Therapeutic plant oils are used to support natural body processes towards improved health and wellbeing.
Emotional balance and calm
Add 7-10 drops to a diffuser.

Add a few drops to your favourite massage oil. Try it with Ylang Ylang, Vanilla or Sandalwood for a little extra spice.

Uplift mood
Add 7-10 drops to a diffuser. Add Lavender or Clary Sage for a healing effect. Add Vanilla and Geranium to encourage euphoria. Blend 2 drops each of Tonka Bean, Vanilla, Geranium, Clary Sage and Lavender in 10ml of Untouched Body Lotion and use as a massage treatment over three days.

Add a few drops to your bath pre-menstruation as a counter to mood swings. Combine it with Grapefruit for an extra lift, or with Chamomile Roman to assist relaxation and sleep. Therapeutic baths should not exceed 15 minutes
Safety considerations
Avoid use during pregnancy. Use in small dosage only. Safe to use with other medication when necessary. If accidentally ingested do not induce vomiting, follow with olive oil or milk and seek advice from a health specialist. Avoid contact with eyes - flush with water. Keep out of reach of children.

Please note: Therapeutic plant oils are used to support natural body processes for optimum health and wellbeing. The information here is NOT meant as a recommendation to cure any medical condition or disease.
Key ingredients
100% pure Dipteryx odorata, extracted seeds in alcohol, Venezuela
Key component
Coumarin, 3,4-Dihydrocoumarin