Jasmine essential oil is having a popularity peak in beauty these days. Jasmine masks, beauty oils and infused blends of body lotion and face mists are everywhere I look. Given all the rage- and the brilliant results I have seen in my own skin health- today we are exploring the very potent and beautifying and potentially healing powers of jasmine essential oil!
“Jasmine Essential Oil is extracted from the flowers of Jasmine, and it has variousscientific names including Jasminum Grandiflora (Royal Jasmine) and Jasminum Officinale (Common Jasmine). The oil is extracted mainly from the latter variety.” ~ Organic Facts
I’m loving Jasmine in my face oil.
According to Dr. Mercola, Jasmine absolute oil can regenerate your skin. “It can help in treating dry or dehydrated skin, eczema and dermatitis.”
So many beauty oils are cropping up filled with jasmine, they are worth exploring if you aren’t sensitive to the oil. (Always follow this protocol to check that you are not sensitive to an oil before using it…!)
Here is a great recipe for a jasmine oil facial mask from Homemade Face Masks:
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 3 drops of jasmine essential oil
The honey is super moisturizing and antibacterial, as is the coconut oil and oh, that luscious jasmine!
Jasmine may help with stress relief, too.
In a 2013 study entitled “The effects of Jasmine oil inhalation on brain wave activities and emotions”, published in the Journal of Health Research, it was found that inhaling jasmine essential oil can lift one’s mood by positively influencing the central nervous system. In this study, 20 (healthy) subjects inhaled jasmine oil, were connected to electrodes, and then asked to fill out a personal questionnaire. Researchers found that after smelling the jasmine oil, there was a significant improvement in cognitive-emotional responses and subjects felt an increase in positive affect, less stress and a feeling of being more awake.
Diffusing a blend of jasmine in the air – or smeling the flowers blooming- can be super-calming.
Jasmine may also be an aphrodisiac!
In a study conducted to test the stimulating effects of jasmine oil on a person’s autonomic nervous system (the part of the nervous system responsible for control of the bodily functions not consciously directed, such as breathing, the heartbeat, and digestive processes) , where jasmine oil was applied to the abdomen of 40 subjects, it was concluded that , “Compared with placebo, jasmine oil caused significant increases of breathing rate, blood oxygen saturation, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure, which indicated an increase of autonomic arousal.”
Adding a drop to your body oil could be awakening to creative energy as well!
Jasmine oil is composed of benzyl acetate, linalool, benzyl alcohol, indole, benzyl benzoate, cis-jasmone, geraniol, methyl anthranilate. It contains traces of p. cresol, farnesol, cis-3-hexenyl benzoate, eugenol, nerol, ceosol, benzoic acid, benzaldehyde, y-terpineol, nerolidol, isohytol and phytol.
According to Dr. Axe, you can inhale jasmine oil by placing it in a diffuser or apply it directly to your skin. The active components of Jasmine oil facilitate the body to fight against harmful bacteria, irritation, viruses, viral infections and combat illness and inflammation.
It may also help with curing colds.
Jasmine essential oil is composed of expectorants, which are substances that facilitate the removal of phlegm and other secretions from the bronchi produced by problems of the respiratory system such as bronchitis or even asthma. If you are battling a cold and/or cough, you can try filling a clean sink or pot with steaming water, drop in a few drops of jasmine oil and inhale. This is best to do before bedtime.
And… it smells so amazing!!!
Again, always test your oils for safety before using them in any way, always consult your doctor if you have a health condition and always err on the side of caution and stick to recommended doses of all aromatherapy. It is potent plant power!
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