Aromatherapy: Healing with Jasmine

Regarded as the 'king of flower oils', jasmine is an effective aphrodisiac, bringing out inner desires and restoring sexual energy and confidence. Used as a massage oil or to fragrance a room, jasmine is soothing and uplifting. It warms the emotions, calms the nerves and dispels feelings of apathy, indifference and listlessness, replacing them with confidence, energy and optimism.

Harvest before sunrise

It takes eight million jasmine flowers to create a single kilogram of essential oil; they must be hand-picked before dawn, and the essence is skillfully extracted, using alcohol solvents to give the highest grade of essential oil.

Jasmine is a valuable oil during childbirth. It has been used for centuries by midwives to strengthen birthing contractions and speed up delivery. It also helps to balance the new mother's hormones, especially when combined with either rose or neroli oils.

Jasmine has skin-softening properties and is beneficial to dry, sensitive or inflamed skin, especially when the condition is related to emotional stress.

Active Ingredients of Jasmine Oil

Esters

Jasmine is extremely rich in esters, which can make up to 70% of the oil. Esters are the most relaxing chemical 'family' found in essential oils. They calm the nervous system and have anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.

Ketones

Jasmine contains low concentrations of the ketone jasmone. This contributes a warm, spicy odour and has potent therapeutic properties.

The Best Uses of Jasmine Oil

Soothing and stress-relieving jasmine is an excellent fragrance for uplifting your mind, soothing your body and enhancing your environment.

Perfect Skin Softener

Jasmine's softening effect on the skin makes it a valuable essential oil for both face and body.

Skin softening bath

Add 5-6 drops of jasmine oil to your bath water for a softening soak.

aromatherapy bathing

Soothe Stressed Skin

For dry, inflamed skin conditions, especially those triggered by stress, blend:
2 drops jasmine oil
1 drop lavender oil
1 drop chamomile oil
10ml aloe vera lotion or cream

Moisturising Blend

Smooth dry skin on your elbows and knees with a blend of the following:
2 drops jasmine oil
4 drops chamomile oil
4 drops sandalwood oil
20ml sweet almond oil
10ml jojoba oil

Magic Jasmine

Jasmine is known as the 'king of flower oils' and much folklore surrounds its heady fragrance.

In Europe, jasmine was thought to aid childbirth, because it could 'warm the womb' and facilitate birth.

Dried jasmine flowers are a traditional ingredient in charm bags to attract love.

In ancient times, burning jasmine leaves was believed to attract wealth, unless this was done in the bedroom, where they were thought to induce prophetic dreams.

Sensual Romance

Rekindle the romance in your relationship, using the deeply relaxing and sensual properties of jasmine.

Sensual Massage

aromatherapy massage

Delight your partner with a massage to release inhibition and encourage romance. Blend together:

5 drops jasmine oil
3 drops clary sage oil
6 drops rosewood oil
30ml grapeseed oil

Candlelit bath

Rosewood's uplifting action complements jasmine's aphrodisiac effects. Add the massage blend (above), minus the grapeseed oil, to your bath for a sensual, candlelit soak.

Romantic fragrance

Use this vaporiser blend to create a romantic mood:

2 drops jasmine oil
2 drops palmarosa oil
3 drops sandalwood oil

Jasmine for your Mind and Emotions

Jasmine is great for any stress-related condition as it can restore energy and confidence. Try these recipes to invigorate body and mind.

Boost energy

Tackle apathy with an all-over body massage using this blend of oils:
2 drops jasmine oil
4 drops clary sage oil
4 drops rosemary oil
5 drops sweet orange oil
30ml sweet almond oil
The jasmine and sweet orange oil will dispel any gloomy thoughts and encourage a more positive outlook, while the rosemary and clary sage will work to invigorate the mind.

Fight fatigue

To treat exhaustive stress, create a massage blend with a combination of the following oils:
1 drop jasmine oil
2 drops neroli oil
5 drops lavender oil
7 drops lemon oil
30ml grapeseed oil

Lift mood

For sufferers of depression, create a soothing and uplifting room fragrance to warm their emotions. Add the following essential oils to a room vaporiser:
3 drops jasmine oil
6 drops lavender oil
4 drops bergamot oil
The jasmine and lavender oils will work together to help ease anxiety and the bergamot will refresh the mind.

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