Jasmine Essential Oil
Aromatherapy is a complementary therapy (or, more controversially, an alternative medicine), that uses aromatic compounds for several purposes, from altering mood to improving one’s psychological or physical well-being.
Each oil, consisting of plant materials and aromatic plant oils will have been carefully mixed to suit the client’s needs – be it calming, stimulating, relaxing or healing. It’s up to the therapist, in consultation with the client, to mix the particular blend for the client’s needs, and decide on the method of use. Sometimes application is through massage, others inhalation or water immersion – all in order to achieve the desired results.
This month, we’re looking at JASMINE OIL… often called the ‘King of Oils’ with its soothing and sensual aroma appealing to both men and women. Just think of warm nights and the heady scent of Jasmine in the air – irresistible!
The name comes from the Persian word ‘Yasmin’, meaning ‘gift from God’ – and it’s a deserved reputation, being one of the most expensive oils to buy. Around 8 million hand-picked jasmine blossoms are needed to produce 1 kilo of essential oil! It’s also vital to harvest them at night, when their scent is at its most powerful. However, although at the more expensive end of the scale, because of its high concentration, you only need to add a small amount to the base oil, in order to maximise it.
The Properties of Jasmine:
Antiseptic, aphrodisiac, antidepressant, antispasmodic, expectorant, sedative, tonic, uterine.
The Uses for Jasmine
Jasmine essential oil is a calming, soothing and revitalising. Great for soothing nerves whilst banishing severe depression and restoring energy and optimism.
These same soothing and calming properties are also very helpful with sexual problems such as impotence and frigidity.
It’s an aphrodisiac! And also boosts confidence and reduces fear and anxiety.
A beneficial oil for soothing coughs, sore throats and laryngitis.
Helps ease muscle aches and pains, sprains and stiff limbs.
Jasmine is useful for regulating menstruation and easing painful periods.
It can also help speed up delivery in childbirth, as well as relieving pain.
And when the baby has arrived, Jasmine essential oil can help ease post-natal depression too.
It also helps improve elasticity of skin – being great for treating stretch marks and scars. It suits all skins from dry and sensitive to irritated.
Ideas For Home Use
Use a diffuser or burner – pop in a few drops and feel your anxiety or nervousness lift. It’s also a beneficial ‘add on’ when treating addictions.
A hot bath and a few drops of this amazing oil can work wonders on muscle aches, pains, strains and stiff limbs. Try adding the drops into a small amount of milk first (essential oils mix better with fats).
Use blended in a base oil, cream or lotion to help reduce stretch marks and scarring.
This oil should not be used during the first 4 months of pregnancy.