Jasmine is a sturdy evergreen shrub of bright green leaves with white star-shaped flowers. It is a native of Asia and Africa is one of the oldest and widely used scented flowers. Jasmine essential oil is extracted mostly from the common variety.
The flowers bloom only at night. They fill the night with a strong yet sweet and pleasing aroma. The essential oil is steam distilled from the flowers of the plant. Huge quantities of jasmine petals are required to prepare one ounce of essential oil. This makes the jasmine essential oil a somewhat rare and highly prized oil.
It has powerful characteristics as an antidepressant, an aphrodisiac, and also has confidence-boosting qualities. The Chinese drink jasmine tea daily and use it to cleanse the air in sick rooms while Egyptians use it to relieve nervous disorders, insomnia, and headaches.
Jasmine is thought to have aphrodisiac powers. It has been used throughout history by various cultures in ceremonies. The sensuously rich and exotic aroma of jasmine based massage oil can certainly be relied upon to evoke a romantic mood.
Jasmine oil, despite being expensive, is good for the skin. It encourages cell growth; increases skin elasticity and aids in healing minor to moderate burns. It is commonly used to treat dry and brittle skin such as eczema and dermatitis.
It is especially effective for people suffering from symptoms of apathy and fatigue as it helps in reducing fears. The aroma of jasmine essential oil has been shown to fight depression. The aroma stimulates the release of serotonin which causes a boost of energy and feelings of an uplifting of the spirit. Jasmine essential oil can also have a calming sedative effect.
Jasmine has also been used to set the mood for romance. It has been used in romantic settings for millennia and is associated with romance and desire. It’s aphrodisiac properties increase the libido and cause feelings of sexual desire.
It also helps with muscle spasm and sprains. Not only muscle spasms, but the spasms of a cough, cramps, congestion, and restlessness can also be relieved by the oil.
Its many healing properties act as an antiseptic and it has anti-inflammatory properties. When applied to the skin the antiseptic properties prevent infection. The anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce swelling. When placed in a diffuser and inhaled the essential oil can help fight respiratory infections as well as the cold or flu.
It is considered a base oil for blending with other essential oils. When blended with herbs like Clary sage, geranium, lemon balm, rose, rosewood, and sandalwood, it promotes the body’s natural way of healing, making it indispensable in the world of aromatherapy.
Jasmine essential oil when massaged on the abdomen during the later stages of labor strengthens uterine contractions and relieves pain.
Indulge yourself with a massage using a blended massage oil containing jasmine essential oil. Blend the following ingredients together well – 8 tsp grapeseed oil, 6 drops of jasmine essential oil, 2 drops each of tea tree oil, and neroli oil. Warm the oil for a warm and relaxing massage experience.
To create a soothing and refreshing hair oil for your scalp – blend 2 drops rosemary oil, 2 drops lavender oil, 2 drops clary sage oil, and 2 drops jasmine oil to 1/2 ounce base oil.