Jasmine essential oil is extracted from the flower of the night-blooming jasmine plant. It is actually an absolute, extracted from the flowers of the jasmine plant using a solvent, rather than steam distillation. Pure Jasmine absolute is expensive (ranging from $30 to $50 per fluid ounce).
Jasmine essential oil has a sweet, warm fragrance that uplifts the spirit and helps fight depression. It is considered one of the best remedies for anxiety, laryngitis, mental tension, headache, coughs, depression, labor pains, and irritated skin.
Jasmine essential oil is also used to treat stubborn wounds. It literally stops many infections (including tetanus) on contact. Jasmine essential oil gives quick relief from spasmodic coughs, cramps, congestion, asthma, breathlessness, and intestinal cramps.
Jasmine essential oil can improve the libido and is considered an aphrodisiac. It brings about romance and is often used in other cultures to perfume the bridal chambers.
Jasmine essential oil is great for the skin. It can greatly improve the appearance of scarring left by boils, acne, and chicken pox. It helps protect and heal cracked and chapped skin. Use in moisturizers, lotions, and creams for smooth, youthful looking skin. Jasmine is excellent for sensitive skin where other oils may cause irritation, burning, or rash.
Jasmine essential oil is a good expectorant. It gives relief from coughs by helping clear the phlegm in the respiratory tract. Use before bed for a restful nights sleep when suffering from colds and flu.
Jasmine is often used as a women’s tonic. It is good when treating painful menstruation or menopausal symptoms. Jasmine helps to reduce labor pain. It increases milk flow and is very good for lactating mothers and their babies. It helps protect from breast tumors and breast cancer. (Pregnant women should not use Jasmine essential oil until the labor process begins. Jasmine is a uterine stimulant and could bring about premature delivery.)
Jasmine essential oil is sometimes used as a sedative. It calms the body and mind to help bring about a positive outlook. When used in aromatherapy, jasmine essential oil can relieve anxiety, stress, annoyance, and anger. It is also used to treat addiction.
Jasmine is an evergreen plant that grows up to 35 feet. The vine has gorgeous star shaped white flowers that are picked during the night, when their fragrance is the most intense. The Jasmine plant originated in China and Northern India. Italy, Morocco, Egypt, China, Japan, and Turkey are currently the largest producers of Jasmine absolutes.
*Do not take essential oils internally without consulting a qualified professional. Always dilute essential oils with good carrier oil (such as almond or olive) and test on small area of skin before use. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedy especially if pregnant, nursing, or taking other medicines.
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