Jasmine oil is derived from Jasminum officinale by a process of solvent extraction. Jasmine is a flowering plant found primarily in India, some parts of China, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Its flowers have a strong fragrance, making it excellent in aromatherapy. The jasmine flowers are particularly famous for their pleasing or alluring scent and are associated with romance. It is also used in treating skin problems and in ancient times, it served as a remedy for numerous health conditions including depression, stress, and reduced concentration.
Benefits and Uses
The way a person feels, acts and thinks can be significantly affected by depression. Use of jasmine oil in aromatherapy or even when applied topically may help improve mood. Its strong fragrance can instantly uplift the spirit and contribute to a happy feeling. It may also help reduce the release of stress hormones and may contribute to the effectiveness of other treatments an individual may undergo for depression. While acting as an antidepressant, it can also increase blood circulation to the body and boost energy.
Acts as an Aphrodisiac
Low libido can be frustrating, and it affects many individuals. It could result from many factors including stress, hormone imbalance or even illness. Jasmine oil has a unique and erotic fragrance and can easily be massaged onto the skin in combination with a carrier oil to make the body relaxed thus contributing to increased arousal. The jasmine oil can also be used in a diffuser to create a romantic atmosphere and inhaling the fragrance can reawaken the senses.
Treats Respiratory Conditions
A cough and other respiratory conditions can easily be managed with naturally obtained essential oils like the jasmine oil. It can provide relief from a cough or a cold by loosening mucus and getting rid of microbes that are the primary cause of these conditions. In the end, more oxygen enters the lungs and breathing difficulties are ameliorated. Diffusing a few drops of this essential oil or even massaging a small amount onto the chest may help overcome respiratory conditions quickly.
Promotes Healthy Sleep
Jasmine oil may have a sedative effect, useful to promote sleep. It is also effective against stress and anxiety which are known factors that may reduce the quality of sleep an individual gets. Using jasmine essential oil for aromatherapy may help provide a calming effect that will, in turn, promote a healthy night’s rest. It can be diffused with other oils like lavender oil which also has soothing or calming properties for synergistic benefit. Just be sure to get up and head off to work in the morning!
Treats and Prevents Infection
An excellent antiseptic, jasmine oil can help heal wounds, preventing them from becoming complicated ulcers. It is also believed to be able to rid the body of harmful viruses and fungi and help fight illnesses. Candida (a fungus) and bacterial infections are prevalent but can be treated with the use of jasmine oil. In this way, the jasmine essential oil may help strengthen the immune system. It is best suited for topical infections, however, as it is impractical and unrealistic to expect it to cure systemic infections.
Refreshes The Skin
Jasmine oil helps fade scar marks and is useful in treating dry skin. Since it has antimicrobial properties, this oil may be useful in the revitalization of the skin, reducing inflammation as well as visibly eliminating signs of aging. Healthy looking and vibrant skin can easily be achieved by mixing a few drops of jasmine oil with your usual body lotion, and when applied, the skin will be left well-hydrated and less prone to experiencing itchy blotches.
Mental fatigue, as the name suggests can leave one feeling exhausted and may affect productivity and deplete energy. Jasmine oil can stimulate the mind and senses when inhaled and may help improve focus and memory. By inducing a calming effect on the body, focusing becomes very easy and, stability and reduced mental fatigue are experienced. Jasmine oil may also help sharpen the mind, boost alertness and minimize distractions, but is best served by combining with invigorating essential oils, such as lemon.
Improves Symptoms of PMS
Jasmine oil helps to treat PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) symptoms both physically and emotionally. Since it has antispasmodic properties, it may help to relax muscles especially when massaged together with a carrier oil unto the lower abdomen. Its sedative property also comes into play and can soothe and eliminate pain. Its strong scent may enhance hormonal balance and reduce the feelings of nausea. It may also be able to provide energy and improve blood circulation facilitating faster flow of menses.
In like fashion, its efficacy in managing symptoms of menopause are growing in popularity, with studies being done to verify it in Korea.
Eases Child Birth
Did you know that using essential oils may help with delivery? The calming effect of the jasmine essential oil can help deal with anxiety and pain. Healing from tearing during labor can also be hastened when this oil is applied to the lower abdominal area. By balancing hormones, the jasmine oil may be useful in dealing with painful contractions and create a relaxing atmosphere. It can also help provide energy and prevent tiredness during the delivery process and the post-partum window when many women grapple with depression and lethargy.
May Aid Lactation
Essential oils like jasmine oil can help soothe muscles naturally. Breastfeeding can be a struggle especially when a mother has to deal with low milk supply. A natural way to enhance milk secretion may be to use the jasmine essential oil. It may also help balance hormone levels and may be applied to the breast area when mixed or diluted with a carrier oil. Some suggest avoiding the nipple area when using essential oils. The jasmine oil may also help support a healthy night’s rest which will help balance hormones and stimulate sufficient milk production. Coupled with galactagogues and you have an effective remedy for low milk supply.
Prevents Inflammation and Spasms
Inflammation is a natural body response to an injury. To ease pain and reduce swelling, many essential oils including the jasmine essential oil may prove helpful. For quick relief, it can be mixed with a carrier oil and gently massaged onto the affected area. It may also have analgesic properties which are vital to reducing pain that results from joint inflammation. By helping to calm the body and relax the muscles, the jasmine oil can provide quick relief from spasms and may help remove fluid from sites of inflammation, thus stimulating a faster healing process. It may hold promise in management of psoriatic lesions as well.
Promotes Healthy Hair
Dry and damaged hair can easily be managed effectively with jasmine essential oil. It may be able to add moisture when massaged into the hair and strengthen the roots of the hair. It may also be able to tackle hair loss and reduce hair breakage. For better results and prevention of dandruff, this essential oil may be added to shampoos and conditioner. When applied regularly to the hair, hair growth and volume are improved, and the hair is shiny and soft.
The use of jasmine oil has not been associated with allergies, but the fact remains that essential oils are concentrated and must be diluted before applying on the skin. This essential oil can be used alone in small quantity or diluted to tone down its strong fragrance. Heavy usage of this oil should be avoided since some suggest that its overpowering flowery scent may have a strong sedative effect. Some persons are naturally allergic to jasmine and should avoid using this essential oil. If allergic reactions occur when using jasmine oil, it is best to speak to a health professional immediately. It can be applied on the skin when mixed with carrier oils and can be used with a diffuser. As with most essential oils, the jasmine essential oil should not be taken orally.