Jasmine (Jasminum Grandiflorum, Royal Jasmine)
| Jasmine is a very-very famous flower. It has a strong but sweet, pleasing and romantic fragrance, which is very common in those flowers which bloom at night and fills the surroundings with its typical fragrance. This flower is often associated with romance and love. |
The flower oil of the Orient, jasmine evokes feelings of warmth and of passion. Its romantic scent means that it is prized and valuable.
Regarded as the 'king of flower oils', jasmine is an effective aphrodisiac, bringing out inner desires and restoring sexual energy and confidence. Used as a massage oil or to fragrance a room, jasmine is soothing and uplifting. It warms the emotions, calms the nerves and dispels feelings of apathy, indifference and listlessness, replacing them with confidence, energy and optimism.
It takes eight million jasmine flowers to create a single kilogram of essential oil; they must be hand-picked before sun-rise, and the essence is skilfully extracted, to give the highest grade of essential oil.
Jasmine is valuable oil during childbirth. It has been used for centuries by midwives to strengthen birthing contractions and speed up delivery. It also helps to balance the new mother's hormones, especially when combined with either rose or neroli oils. Jasmine has skin-softening properties and is beneficial to dry, sensitive or inflamed skin, especially when the condition is related to emotional stress.
The rich aroma of jasmine incense can be used to fragrance a room with a relaxing and romantic atmosphere. It is ideal if you are planning a candle lit dinner with someone special.
Jasmine is extremely rich in esters, which can make up 70% of the oil. Esters are the most relaxing chemical 'family' found in essential oils. They calm the nervous system and have anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.
Jasmine contains low concentrations of the ketone jasmine. This contributes a warm spicy odor and has potent therapeutic properties. It is also a beautiful perfume oil as well.
Jasmine's softening effect on the skin makes it a valuable essential oil for both face and body. Add 5-6 drops of jasmine oil to your next bath for a softening soak.
The health benefits of Jasmine Essential Oil:
Anti Depressant: The aroma of this oil has a pleasing, uplifting effect on mind and fights depression. This makes you feel happy and awakens romantic and poetic feelings in you.
Anti Septic: It is a very good anti septic and disinfectant. Its constituents like Benzaldehyde, Benzoic Acid and Benzyl Benzoate have very effective germicidal, bactericidal, fungicidal and anti viral properties. When externally applied on wounds, it prevents it from being septic and effectively checks infection from tetanus.
Anti Spasmodic: Jasmine Essential oil is good in treating and relaxing spasms. It gives quick relief from spasmodic coughs, cramps, congestions, asthma, breathlessness and even spasmodic cholera as well as intestinal cramps and pains resulting from spasm.
Aphrodisiac: Actually it is the Aphrodisiac property of Jasmine Essential Oil that makes you feel romantic. This oil brings you in mood for love and also enhances your libido. Due to this property of aroma of Jasmine Oil and fragrance of Jasmine flowers, it has been in use during First Nights, particularly in the Indian Subcontinent where it is in practice to decorate the bride and the First Night Room with these flowers and use its oil to spray in the room. It also helps cure problems such as premature ejaculation, frigidity, impotency etc.
Cicatrisant: Worried about the scar marks, after spots left by boils, acne, wounds, pox etc.? Jasmine Essential Oil can help fading away of those scar marks and after spots. It can also help you against those fat cracks.
Expectorant: The expectorant property of Jasmine Essential Oil can help you have a better and sound-less sleep even when you are suffering from cough and cold. It gives relief from cough by helping clear the accumulation of phlegm in the respiratory tracts as well as from snoring by clearing congestion of nasal and respiratory tracts. So you don’t need to keep awake and cough endlessly in the night, nor do you have to snore in sleep.
Emenagogue: This property is meant to give relief to those women who suffer from irregular, obstructed and painful menses or an untimely menopause. The emenagogue property of Jasmine Oil makes periods regular, clear and less painful and also help push back menopause. It also gives relief from the other problems associated with menses such as fatigue, annoyance, nausea etc.
Galactogogue: It increases milk secretions from breasts and is thus very good for lactating mothers and the feeding babies. This property also helps protect from breast tumors or breast cancer.
Parturient: This Essential Oil of Jasmine facilitates and eases birth and reduces labor pain. This feature can be very beneficial in today’s scenario when a normal delivery is a rare sight and most of the cases are resolved through Caesarian method.
Sedative: It calms down body, mind and soul and brings forth your positive and constructive emotions. It gives relief from anxiety, stress, annoyance, anger and depression as well as from inflammations.
Uterine: This oil is good for uterine health as it tones it up and promotes flow of certain hormones which ensure good health and proper functioning of uterus. It also helps protect it from tumors, particularly after menopause, by restricting flow of estrogen.
Other Benefits: It is good for skin and keeps it smooth and free from cracks. It can be used to free people from narcotic and other addictions. It also cures muscle pain.
Few Words of Caution: Pregnant women should avoid using this oil since it is an Emenagogue. It is highly relaxing and sedating and thus heavy doses should be avoided. Again, those who are allergic to Jasmine should avoid using it.
Blending: Essential Oil of Jasmine blends well with essential oils of Bergamot, Sandalwood, Rose and citrus fruits such as Orange, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit etc.
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herein is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not
been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or
prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements,
it is always advisable to consult with your own health care