Monday, January 27, 2014

Jasmine Oil and Its Properties

Jasmine essential oil is extracted from Jasminum grandiflorum and is also known as royal jasmine. It originated from China and northern India. Currently France, Italy, Morocco, Egypt, China, Japan and Turkey are producing the best essential oils. The name Jasmine is derived from the Persian word 'yasmin'. The Chinese, Arabians and Indians used it for medicinal, aphrodisiac and other ceremonial purposes.

The pure jasmine oil is extracted from the small white star-shaped flowers of this evergreen shrub using solvent extraction. The flowers are picked at night, when the aroma is most intense. Jasmine essential oil has a very sweet, exotic, rich floral fragrance and is harmonising, sensual and asserting.

There are well over 100 constituents found in jasmine oil, but the main chemical components are benzyl acetate, linalool, benzyl alcohol, indole, benzyl benzoate, cis-jasmone, geraniol, methyl anthranilate and trace amounts of p. cresol, farnesol, cis-3-hexenyl benzoate, eugenol, nerol, ceosol, benzoic acid, benzaldehyde, y-terpineol, nerolidol, isohytol, phytol, etc.

Anti-depressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, anti-spasmodic, cicatrisant, expectorant, galactagogue, parturient, sedative and uterine are the main therapeutic properties.

This wonderful oil is very relaxing and highly beneficial to the emotions. It can be used to balance hot, dry and very sensitive skin types. It is also highly valuable as it greatly helps in boosting confidence and self-esteem of doubtful people.

Jasmine essential oil is used in severe depression as it soothes the nerves, generating confidence and optimism, while revitalizing and restoring energy. It facilitates in childbirth, providing relief in delivery pain. It is also very effective in post-natal depression and promotes the flow of breast milk. Due to its deeply soothing and calming nature, jasmine oil also helps with sexual problems such as impotence, premature ejaculation and frigidity. It also has a beneficial effect on the respiratory system, by soothing irritating coughs, hoarseness and laryngitis. It is greatly helpful with muscle pain, sprains, and stiff limbs. Further it aids in dry, greasy, irritated and sensitive skin, stretch marks and scarring.

In short, although expensive, this 100% pure jasmine oil has an exquisite fragrance, deeply relaxes, lifts depression, boosts confidence and eases childbirth. It helps with sexual problems, sooths coughing and improves skin elasticity, reduces stretch marks and scars.

Jasmine oil is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Due to its emmenagogue properties it should not be used in pregnancy. Excess usage of this oil could impede concentration, as it is deeply relaxing oil. It blends particularly well with Bergamot, Rose oil, Sandalwood oil and all Citrus oils.

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