What are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are organic compounds extracted from the bark, flower, fruit, leaf, seed or root of a plant or tree and have several healing properties. The oils in the plants are made up of very small molecules that can penetrate your cells, and some can even penetrate the blood-brain barrier. These oils are highly concentrated and have a strong aroma and can be used in aromatherapy and their benefits range from mental to physical healing.

What Is Jasmine Essential Oil?

Jasminum officinale or jasmine essential oil has been used for hundreds of years in parts of Asia and is known to enhance your mood, balance hormones and help us overcome stress. The oil is derived from the very small jasmine flower and has a strong, yet sweet, pleasing aroma and is often associated with romance and love. The flower only blooms at night and fills its surroundings with an alluring and unmistakable aroma.

Jasmine essential oil is used often used in aromatherapy due to its antidepressant, aphrodisiac, sedative and expectorant properties. In medicine, it is commonly used for its antispasmodic, cicatrizant, galactagogue, emmenagogue and parturient properties.

Traditionally, jasmine oil has been used to help the body detox and relieve liver and respiratory disorders. It has also been used to help relieve pain associated with pregnancy, childbirth and menopausal and PMS symptoms. The oil can act as an aphrodisiac, help with sleep, increase alertness, and fight symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety.

Not only are the aromas of the flowers quite pleasing, the oils that give off the fragrance offer some great health benefits as well. Here are a few of jasmine essential oil’s benefits. 

Benefits of Jasmine Essential Oil

Depression, Anxiety and Stress Relief

It has been shown that through aromatherapy using jasmine essential oil, we can significantly improve our moods. The aromas of this oil have a very uplifting effect on the mind which is something we need when dealing with stress, anxiety or depression. It can make us feel happy when we may feel at our lowest and it can potentially awaken romantic and poetic feelings. The aromas of jasmine essential oil stimulates the release of feel good hormones including serotonin which can give us a boost of energy and the feeling of being uplifted.

Sedative Effect

When you need to slow down after a long day, try using jasmine essential oil. Jasmine oil helps calm the body down as well as the mind while bringing forth constructive and positive emotions. This oil can help relieve your symptoms if you are suffering from stress, depression, anxiety, aggravation, or anger.

Increase Arousal

No wonder why this flower is associated with love and romance, the aromas of jasmine essential oils act as an aphrodisiac and can put us and our partners in the mood. It can increase our breathing rate, body temperature, blood oxygen saturation and systolic and diastolic pressure associated with sexual arousal. It is also known to help cure problems such as frigidity, premature ejaculation, impotence and other sexual desires.

Relieves Insomnia

The sedative properties of jasmine essential oil can help us fall asleep when we are tired but can’t quite seem to get some shut eye. Inhaling jasmine can help bring about feelings of calm and relaxation- an important step to falling asleep. Once asleep, this oil helps us stay asleep allowing for uninterrupted, long, peaceful and restful sleep. When we get a better night’s sleep, we can be more productive in our work and personal lives.

Boosts Concentration

It is known that jasmine essential oil has significant stimulating and arousing properties. When inhaled, or rubbed on the skin topically, this oil can help wake us up and boost our energy. Properties in jasmine oil have been shown to increase body temperature, heart rate and brain activity, all of which are helpful and needed for active problem solving and active learning.

Improves Immunity and Fights Infections

With antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, jasmine essential oil can help boost immunity and fight illnesses. When applied externally, jasmine oil can help disinfect wounds and help eliminate potential infections from accumulating. It can help reduce inflammation, redness, pain and speed up wound healing. Internally, it is known to reduce infections in the respiratory systems helping to relieve cold and flu symptoms.

Reduce Cough

Jasmine essential oil is an expectorant and can help clear out unwanted mucus in our respiratory tracts caused by colds, the flu or other respiratory infections. It can help eliminate snoring by clearing out congestion in our nasal passages and respiratory tracts. This oil can also help relieve intestinal pains and cramps from the result of spasms in other parts of the body.

Relaxes Spasms

Jasmine essential oil has antispasmodic properties that can help treat and relax spasms. It can provide quick relief for those suffering from spasmodic cramps, asthma, congestion, breathlessness, or coughs.

Improve Symptoms of Menopause and PMS

By using jasmine essential oils in aromatherapy or applying it directly to the skin, it can help decrease emotional and physical symptoms of menopause and PMS naturally. It can decrease pain from headaches and stomach cramps, decrease nervousness, weakness, mood swings and insomnia related to menopause and PMS.

Learn more on how jasmine oil can help with women’s health 

Skin Care

In cosmetics, jasmine oil can be used as a natural remedy for some skin conditions. Those suffering from inflammation, dry skin, psoriasis, oily skin can find great relief when they add jasmine oil into their regimen. If you wish to have anti-aging, skin revitalization or just need general skin care, jasmine essential oil can help with that as well.

Jasmine Essential Oil Precautions

Jasmine essential oil has an intense flowery aroma in which they prefer to dilute with a carrier oil to create a more subtle fragrance but in general, jasmine essential oil is safe to use, even without being diluted. But as with all essential oils, some people may experience different skin irritations, headaches, nausea or allergies when using this oil. This is particularly true if you have sensitive skin or are using an essential oil for the first time.

Although jasmine essential oil has many benefits to provide pregnant women, nursing women and those who have hormone-related problems. it is highly advised to speak with your doctor before using jasmine essential oil. It is recommended to only use jasmine oil for aromatherapy and topical use only.

When choosing jasmine essential oil, be sure to read the label carefully. It costs thousands of dollars to manufacture 1 pound of jasmine oil, so to cut overhead, some may add in fillers. Be sure you are getting 100% therapeutic grade essential oils and the label reads Jasminum officinale. 

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