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.
Women's Health and Jasmine Essential Oil
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.
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.
Jasmine essential oil can help women who suffer from irregular, painful or obstructed menstrual cycles or menopause by regulating periods and making them less painful. It can provide relief associated with the menstrual cycle such as irritability, mood swings, fatigue and nausea. Regulating your period is also a great way to balance hormonal levels in the body which can help with overall mental and physical health.
Protects the Uterus
Jasmine essential oil is known to promote the secretion of certain hormones that ensure proper functioning and good health of this special organ as well as toning it. After menopause, some women may experience tumor growths which can restrict the flow of oxygen, but with the use of jasmine oil, added protection from tumors is there.
Promotes and Eases Childbirth
Far and in between do we see mothers giving birth naturally. But for those who do may want to look into using jasmine essential oil as a natural remedy to reduce labor pain and ease parturition. Women using jasmine oil will find that the recovery process is less painful and the post-natal period is shorter as well. It can strengthen contractions during delivery and shorten the time it takes to deliver a baby.
Some women often times experience post-partum depression, but with the use of jasmine oil, they can better combat that condition due to the oil’s uplifting and antidepressant qualities.
For safety precautions of essential oils, please read: Essential Oils for Pregnant Women
*Please note, jasmine essential oil is NOT safe to use during pregnancy.
Jasmine oil is great for lactating mothers and their babies because it can increase milk secretion. Breastfeeding provides many benefits to newborn babies and their mothers not only through nutritious reasons, but it can be a way to bond with the newborn child.
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.
Have you ever used jasmine essential oils? Did the oils work for you? Let us know in the comments section below.
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