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Jasmine Essential Oil: The Aromatherapeutic and Health Benefits of Jasmine Oil

I am a great fan of essential oils and herbs for everyday health and well-being.

Introduction

Jasmine has a wonderful, delicate and evocative scent. As a plant, it is beautiful and attractive. The flowers themselves are wonderful in any garden, and jasmine oil is one of the essential aromatherapy massage oils. Many aromatherapy products have jasmine oil as one of the main ingredients, and it is also used in wonderful skin-related blends such as jasmine soap, jasmine bath oil, and jasmine shampoo.

This article is about the history and origins, aromatherapy benefits, health properties and other uses of jasmine essential oil, together with some details of how to use it, and contra-indications. From the common species Jasminum grandiflorum, jasmine is a popular essential oil known by many pseudonyms. Derived from the Persian word “yasmin,” jasmine is also frequently known by names such as royal jasmine, Spanish jasmine, jati, or Catalonian jasmine.

Jasmine oil is extracted from solvent processes, which means jasmine oil must be separated with alcohol through a final steam distillation process. Because of jasmine’s chemical composition, this oil extraction results in over 100 chemical constituents, including benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, indole, benzyl benzoate, geraniol, phytol, and so forth. While many people use pure jasmine oil for an array of benefits, consumers can also take advantage of jasmine essential oil blends or aromatherapy products containing jasmine oil as a primary ingredient.

Picked jasmine flowers. This image is in the public domain.

Picked jasmine flowers. This image is in the public domain.

Historical Uses of Jasmine Essential Oil

With a soft, relaxing, and intoxicating aroma, jasmine oil has been used for cosmetic benefits for many years. For example, investigations suggest that ancient cultures used jasmine bath oil and jasmine soap both as a perfume and as a beauty treatment, believing that jasmine essential oil would improve one’s skin and hair appearance.

Historians have also found that jasmine is native to China and the northern regions of India. Eventually, the Moors brought jasmine to Spain, where the use of jasmine essential oil then spread to France, Italy, Morocco, Egypt, Japan, and Turkey. In addition to the aromatic and cosmetic uses, ancient cultures had many other uses for jasmine. For example, Arabs, Indians, and Chinese people used jasmine for medicinal benefits and also as an aphrodisiac.

Jasmine was an important part of various ceremonial celebrations. In China, jasmine flowers were used for making jasmine tea, while Indonesians have used jasmine as a popular food garnish. Regions of Turkey, on the other hand, were known to have made rope from the stems of jasmine, while building various tools and items with the plant's wood.

Jasmine Oil in Aromatherapy

People around the world continue to benefit from the powers of jasmine oil today. It is a common ingredient in aromatherapy products, and the wonderful scent is just the start of its properties. The benefits of jasmine essential oil include:

  • Promotes relaxation
  • Reduces stress / anxiety / tension
  • Decreases depression while elevating feelings of happiness/contentment
  • Boosts feelings of confidence
  • Eases difficulty / pain / complications of childbirth
  • Helps treat various sexual problems/concerns
  • Reduces coughing
  • Reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks
  • Increases elasticity of the skin
  • Offers anti-spasmodic benefits
  • Provides expectorant support
  • May offer sedative effects

Jasmine blends well with lots of other aromatherapy massage oils, including sweet orange, rosemary, clary sage, rose, and sandalwood.

Chinese painting on silk from the early 12th century, showing jasmine flowers in bloom.

Chinese painting on silk from the early 12th century, showing jasmine flowers in bloom.

Childbirth Benefits of Jasmine Oil

Jasmine essential oil’s ability to increase energy levels while boosting feelings of happiness can also provide advantages for women in childbirth. Specifically, jasmine oil has been shown to increase the speed of child delivery, as it commonly strengthens a woman's contractions while simultaneously reducing feelings of pain. In addition, jasmine essential oil also helps prevent and/or treat post-natal depression, while also stimulating the flow of a new mother's breast milk.

Sexual Support

With its calming effects, many people use jasmine essential oil to treat various sexual issues and problems. Specifically, the calming benefits of jasmine oil are often used to help decrease symptoms of premature ejaculation and impotence. Some even use jasmine oil to increase the body's sexual response and feelings of desire. This is a traditional use, especially in India and the Middle East.

Skin and Respiratory Benefits

When used on the skin or in breathing treatments, jasmine essential oil can stimulate incredible health and well-being responses. When used for the enhancement of respiratory health, jasmine oil can reduce coughs, hoarseness, and symptoms of laryngitis.

When applied to the skin, users will quickly notice a reduction in muscle pain and tension; jasmine oil can be used to reduce the pain associated with muscle stiffness, sprains, and other physical aches. The oil is therefore particularly useful for people who enjoy exercise and physical activities. Furthermore, when applied to the skin, jasmine oil can be used to reduce greasy skin, while simultaneously soothing dry, sensitive, and irritated skin.

Jasmine essential oil improves skin elasticity, which helps to reduce the visibility of scars and stretch marks. Jasmine oils can be applied to the skin with a mixture of the pure essential oil and a carrier oil, or by buying ready-mixed cosmetic preparations which include jasmine.

Jasmine flowers, shown close-up. This image is in the public domain.

Jasmine flowers, shown close-up. This image is in the public domain.

How to Use Jasmine

The benefits of jasmine can be obtained in various different ways, such as:

  • Vapour therapy (adding jasmine oil to burners or vaporizers)
  • Massaging jasmine oil into the skin
  • Adding jasmine oil to a bath or shower
  • Drinking jasmine tea
  • Using pre-blended aromatherapy products such as jasmine soap, jasmine bath oil, or jasmine shampoo
  • Adding the oil to standard soap, bath oil and shampoo to make your own jasmine products

Warnings Associated with Jasmine Oil Use

Jasmine oil is all natural, and it is known to be non-toxic, non-sensitising, and non-irritating; however, some people with specific allergies or health issues may experience rare reactions.

Aside from people with specific allergies, most people can safely use jasmine essential oil without any side effects or concerns.

Pregnant women (unless they are in the process of child delivery), however, should not use jasmine essential oil, as the oil has emmenagogue properties. Emmenagogue properties, which result in increased blood flow to the pelvic region, could cause complications for some women who are not yet ready to deliver.

Adding to this caution, people using jasmine oil should avoid using too much of the oil; an excess of jasmine essential oil can prompt the body to reject absorption of the oil’s properties.

So less is more with this oil, which is just as well, as it's among the most expensive of aromatherapy essential oils.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Comments

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on June 13, 2011:

This is a very useful and informative hub. I love the smell of jasmine. Jasmine tea is great. I used jasmine essential oil with almond oil for my massage treatments and the smell is so lovely. Thanks for sharing.

living earth from UK on February 23, 2010:

I loved reading this article. Such a versatile plant!

Maggie on December 30, 2009:

Do you know where I can buy the jasmine oil from France?

Ordinarymary on November 18, 2009:

Wonderful article and hub. Always prefer to use natural remedies, and believe that "an ounce of prevention..." often comes in herbal form. Thanks for the hard work and time that goes into keeping up this hub. Now to explore the rest of your pages!

Madahana Gadela on October 14, 2009:

mmmm..I'm lucky that I live in Damascus (Chem) of the Middle East whose streets are full of this tender and lovely flower..i've just finished eating a couple of nice little whities :)

Plants and Oils (author) from England on August 12, 2009:

That's a grea tip, thanks Tiara.

Tiara designs from undisclosed location on August 12, 2009:

If you mix one part jasmine with around 20 parts of jojoba you will have less risk of becoming allergic. When I first started learning 2 make perfume I wondered what all the fuss about jasmine was about- it is a bit pungent – in pure- oil forms but after I learned to thin it down woo whoo mixed correctly jasmine defiantly is an aphrodisiac. Again your hubs are delightful!

Plants and Oils (author) from England on August 10, 2009:

Glad you all like it. Peggy, there are several different species of jasmine, but they are closely related.

Amanda Severn from UK on August 10, 2009:

I used to grow Jasmine in the garden at my last house. It's always a cheery sight when it comes in to blossom. I had no idea that it might have so many uses! Thanks for some good information here.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 09, 2009:

Our next door neighbor has a jasmine vine growing on her back fence. But the flower appears to look a bit different from the ones in these photos. Must be different types of jasmine.

I like drinking jasmine tea.

Another informative hub. Thanks!

Sandy Mertens from Wisconsin, USA on August 09, 2009:

Very nice!

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