20 Health Benefits of Jasmine - Part 1
Jasmine is an extremely well-known flower and has a powerful but sweet, pleasing and intimate aroma. This is a common trait in flowers that bloom only at night. “Jasmine” is a name frequently given to girls, mainly in the Middle Eastern region and the Indian Subcontinent.
Jasmine - Love and Romance
The jasmine flower is often associated with romance and love. Poets often use the name Jasmine. Heroes in romantic novels and films frequently address their heroines by the name “Jasmine”.
The Jasmine flower blooms only at night and fills the environment with its unique and welcoming aroma.
Apart from the poetic uses and association with love, jasmine has some quite remarkable health advantages.
Let’s look at a few.
Jasmine Essential Oil comes from the flowers of Jasmine.
It has numerous scientific names including Jasminum Grandiflora (Royal Jasmine) and Jasminum Officinale (Common Jasmine). The oil, however, is extracted mainly from Jasminum Officinale.
The main elements of Jasmine Essential Oil are Benzoic Acid, Benzaldehyde, Benzyl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Indole, Benzyl Benzoate, Cis-3-Hexenyl Benzoate, Cis-Jasmone, Ceosol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool, Methyl Anthranilate, P-Cresol, Nerol, Gamma Terpineol, Nerolidol, Isohytol, and Phytol.
20 Health Benefits of Jasmine Essential Oil - Part 1
I’m sure you have seen the jasmine plant which features a beautiful, gently scented, white flower that fills gardens with a sweet, pleasant fragrance. Jasmine oil is a popular essential oil used in massage and aromatherapy and is also often contained in many beauty items. China and the northern parts of India is where you will mostly find jasmine. Jasmine oil has been used as an aphrodisiac and we’ll further explore this….
1. Improve Immunity and Fight Infections
Jasmine oil consists of active ingredients including benzaldehyde, benzoic acid and benzyl benzoate. These ingredients naturally fight harmful bacteria and viruses in the human body. They can also assist with avoiding sickness, skin irritation, fungus and viral infections.
Clearing of mucus and bacteria in the nasal passage may result by breathing in directly or diffusing jasmine oil in your house. Using it on your skin may also decrease inflammation, redness, pain and may decrease recovery time for wounds.
The aroma of jasmine essential oil has a pleasing and uplifting effect on the mind and has been known to positively fight depressive disorders. This can make you feel good. It can potentially invoke romantic and poetic feelings. Just like it has done in literary and music history. The aromatic effect of jasmine oil invokes the discharge serotonin, which leads to a boost in energy and an uplift in your mood.
3. Anxiety Relief
Mood enhancements and sleep improvement after using jasmine oil has been confirmed by numerous studies. Typically, used as aromatherapy treatment or applied topically to the skin has been shown to increase energy levels. Results have also shown that jasmine oil produces a stimulating effect on the brain. A survey published in Natural Product Communications revealed that jasmine oil applied to the skin over an eight-week period improved the mood of participants. An improvement in emotional and physical energy was also evident.
The reality is it’s the aphrodisiac properties of Jasmine Essential Oil which makes you feel romantic or perhaps in love. This oil puts people in the mood for love and can improve your libido and feelings of sexual desire. It is due to this property of jasmine oil’s aroma and also the fragrance of Jasmine flowers that it is associated with wedding nights, especially in the Indian Subcontinent where it is used to embellish the bride. Other sexually related problems like premature ejaculation, frigidity, impotency can be influenced by Jasmine Essential Oil. Its effect on hormones and some chemical reactions in the human body has led to millions of lovers around the world being able to thank jasmine essential oil for their newly improved sex life!
5. Increase Arousal
Tests using a placebo as comparison has shown jasmine oil resulted in heightened boost in physical signs of arousal. Breathing rate, body temperature, blood oxygen saturation, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure were all heightened in the research done on healthy adult women. Participants in the jasmine oil group also considered themselves more alert and much more vigorous compared to those in the control group. The research results show that jasmine oil can boost autonomic arousal activity mood levels.
Do you have scar marks or after spots left by boils, acne, or any other wounds? Jasmine Essential Oil is a cicatrisant and may diminish scar marks and after spots. It may also assist with removing fat cracks that often take place in pregnant mothers.
7. Help with Falling Sleep
Do you suffer from insomnia or are constant feeling tired and run down?
Jasmine oil exhibits a relaxing effect which may act as a natural sedative and help you sleep better.
A 2005 research published within the European Journal of Applied Physiology discovered that jasmine tea fragrance had sedative effects on both autonomic nerve activity and mood states. Breathing a combination of jasmine and lavender assisted decreased heart rate and can bring on feelings of calm and relaxation. This assists the process of dosing off helps ward off those restless nights.
A great relaxing combination would be to mix a few of drops of jasmine with other calming oils like lavender or frankincense in your diffuser.
Jasmine Essential Oil is also an excellent germ killing disinfectant. The properties including Benzaldehyde, Benzoic Acid and Benzyl Benzoate give jasmine its extremely effective germicidal, bactericidal, fungicidal and antiviral qualities. Although caution should always be exercised, it may be used on wounds and helps prevent them from becoming septic has shown to be effective in reducing possible infections from tetanus. When inhaled, it is known to reduce infections in the respiratory system and may even reduce the effects of coughs and colds.
Jasmine Essential Oil contains expectorant qualities which can help you have an undisturbed night’s sleep, even if you cough or cold symptoms. It gives relief from coughs by helping clean out the build-up of phlegm from the respiratory tracts. It may also reduce snoring by clearing congestion from nasal and respiratory passages.
10. Boost Concentration
Diffusing jasmine oil during the evening or rubbing it on your skin may help you wake with a higher energy level. The active ingredients in jasmine help increase your heart rate, body temperature stimulate brain activity. These all assist with active learning and problem solving. Including some in your bath wash or rubbing it onto your skin during your morning shower can ease you in to the day.
Some common Jasmine Oil Side Effects
Jasmine oil is all natural and is non-toxic, non-sensitising, and non-irritating. However, many people with certain allergic conditions or health problems can experience adverse reactions. Most people can safely use jasmine essential oil with no side effects or concerns. Pregnant women, unless in the delivery process, should avoid using jasmine essential oil, since the oil has emmenagogue properties. Emmenagogue can lead to increased blood flow around the pelvic region.
Excessive use of jasmine essential oil should be avoided.
Less is more with this oil, which is fine as it is among the most expensive of aromatherapy essential oils.