Jasmine is known as the “Queen of the Night”, with the word Jasmine coming from the Persian word Yasmin meaning a ‘gift from god”. The Botanical name is Jasminum Officinale and is also known by such names as Royal Jasmine, Catalonian Jasmine, Jati, and Spanish Jasmine.
Being tropical and subtropical, Jasmines is native to Asia, Africa, and Australia. There are 200 species of the Jasmine plant, each with its own disctinctions, but generally, the plant has white or yellowish flowers with a strong, sweet, romantic fragrance. Other than the way Jasmine is processed, it has many of the same properties as other essential oils.
The flowers of Jasmine are too delicate to process by steam distillation. The oil is extracted by the labor intensive methods of enfluerage or chemical extraction. The oil is considered much more luxurious as it takes a large number of flowers to make a small amount of oil. Jasmine flowers are usually gathered at night when the odor is the most powerful and blooming. The next step is to lay the flowers on cotton cloths soaked in olive oil and let them soak for several days. Then the liquid is extracted having the true essence of Jasmine. Most Jasmine Essential Oil is produced in India, Egypt, China, and Morocco. In India there some western and southern states that Jasmine is cultivated in private homes.
Jasmine Essential Oil Benefits
Licareol is one of the major odor components in Jasmine essential oil and has sedative, calming property. The following components are also what make Jasmine so beneficial – Benzoic Acid, Benzaldehyde, Benzyl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Gamma Terpineol, Benzyl Benzoate, Cis-3-Hexenyl Benzoate, Cis-Jasmone, Ceosol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool, Methyl Anthranilate, Eugenol, Indole, P-Cresol, Nerol, Nerolidol, Isohytol, and Phytol.
Listed are some of Jasmine Essential Oil’s benefits:
- Helps to alleviate depression
- Mood lifter– makes you feel happier
- Infection prevention– containing an anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal components
- Spasm relief – quick relief from cramps and muscle spasms
- Helps to relive coughs, asthma, congestion, and breathlessness
- Enhances sex drive –Jasmine Essential Oil’s aphrodisiac properties will boost your sex drive
- The cicatrisant properties will help to fade most scars
- Relief for PMS and pain associated with menstruation
- Jasmine oil will increase the milk in lactating mothers
- Jasmine’s calming effect helps to relieve anxiety and stress
- Great to keep smooth and soft skin
- Promotes a healthier uterus
- Jasmine can ease child-birth and ease the pain with labor
- Reduce wrinkles when used with your nightly face cream
- Treat dry itchy skin by mixing with favorite moisturizing lotion
- Increase blood flow through inhalation
- Jasmine essential oil’s fragrance can help balance out hormones
- Use as a sleep aid for peaceful and restful night
- Heals wounds with a few drops rubbed on the affected area
- Helps to cure acne with daily application
- Get rid of the painful boils by applying with a cotton ball a few times a day
- Reduces snoring when used with a diffuser by the bed
- Aids in narcotic addition rehabilitation
Jasmine Essential Oil Uses
There are many uses for the wonderful smelling Jasmine plant, here are some suggestions:
- For longer lasting application to the skin, just mix equal amounts with wheat germ oil
- Apply jasmine essential oil directly on the skin where needed.
- Place in a diffuser undiluted for a calming sweet aroma environment.
- Jasmine Essential Oil can be directly inhaled to ease congestion or coughs.
- Jasmine oil is used in quite a lot of cosmetic products, making it perfect to treat your skin and hair
- Try a Jasmine herbal tea for a comforting hot break.
- Add a few drops to your bath to relieve stress and tension.
- Just add few drops to your favorite hand lotion for daily skin rejuvenation.
- Great for muscle aches and pains, add a few drops to milk then rub on the affected areas.
- Feeling exhausted put a few drops on a cotton ball and inhale for a few minutes.
- For a sweet sensual atmosphere in your bedroom, put a small amount in your potpourri container.
- Use in aromatherapy for a restful night’s sleep.
- Inhale a few drops of the jasmine essential oil in hot water to clear the nasal and respiratory tracts.
- Keep your dry flowered potpourri moist with weekly drops of jasmine.
- In a lot of countries Jasmine flowers are used in regular worshiping and ceremonies. Women will also decorate their hair with the beautiful scent of the Jasmine flower as a tradition for wedding ceremonies.
- Try some of these great blending suggestions: Bergamot, Orange, Clary, Frankincense, Neroli, Geranium, Lavender, Mandarin, Palma Rosa, Rose, Rosewood, and Sandalwood.
Jasmine Essential Oil Side Effects
Jasmine essential oil does not seem to produce any side effects, but like many essential oils, it is not recommended for use with pregnant women or children. Some essential oils may cause irritation or allergic reactions in people with sensitive skin so it is wise to do a patch test before using regularly.