Grade: Clinical/Fine Perfumery
Plant Part: Seeds
Perfume Note: Middle
Aroma: Warm, slightly spicy, nutty, maple syrup sweetnessBlends well with: Amyris, Ambrette, Balsam Peru, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cinnamon Bark, Cistus, Clove Bud Extra, Coffee, Coriander Seed, Helichrysum italicum, Labdanum, Neroli, Myrrh, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Spikenard Blue, Spikenard Green, Tonka Bean, Vanilla Bourbon CO2, Vetiver
Fenugreek CO2 Select extract is a difficult oil to source, it is quite rare as a CO2 Select extract. Most extractions are CO2 Total. This select extract of Fenugreek seeds produced under high pressure delivers an oil benefical to aromatherapy, skin and hair care, as well as perfumery.
In perfumery the aroma of this CO2 Select is warmly gourmond with distinguishing notes of sweetness likened to maple syrup with a hint of celery. Just a tiny amount can enhance gourmond, incense, fougere, chypre, and oriental accords. Try blending 1 drop Fenugreek with 5 drops Sandalwood. The result is rich and alluring; Fenugreek deepened the character and aroma of Sandalwood's sweet woody notes beautifully.
Fenugreek has long been associated in hair care where it is a revered ingredient in products geared towards strengthening hair and promoting growth. Fenugreek is also used in poultices for boils and cysts. This versatile oil is also said to aid in the regulation of diabetes by helping control blood sugar and decrease insulin resistance. It is also said to help lower the bad cholesterol level or LDL in the human body. Fenugreek has anti-inflammatory properties which help reduce pain caused by arthritis. Blending Fenugreek with a deeply penetrating oil, such as Castor oil, helps deliver its anti-inflammatory properties into tissues around joints and is one of the best pain relieving oils for the painful conditions of arthritis.
Regarding GC/MS, the chemist at the lab we use said they "do not run the GC/MS test on Fenugreek CO2. It is mostly heavy components and it tends to stick to the columns of the machine". He also stated "There is presence of Camphor, but we do not have a value for it. I would expect it to be minor." That being said we do not recommend its use while pregnant or with children 10 years and younger.
Aromatherapy use: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, arthritic pain, expectorant, carminative, laxative, diuretic, stomachic, stimulant
General use: Oil diffusers, natural incense, potpourri, massage oil, perfume, bath oil, bath salt, bath and shower gels, spa treatment oils and creams, soap making, candle making
Contraindications: Generally non-toxic, non-irritant, avoid during pregnancy, *not recommended for children under 10 years