Making The Most of Jasmine
The flower oil of the Orient, jasmine evokes feelings of warmth and of passion. It’s romantic scent means that it is prized and valuable.
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 handpicked before dawn, and the essence is skilfully 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 new mother’s hormones, especially when combined with either rose of neroli oils.
Jasmine has skin softening proprieties and is beneficial to dry, especially when the condition is related to emotional stress. The rich aroma os jasmine incense can be used to fragrance a room with a relaxing and romantic atmosphere ideal if you are planning a candlelit dinner with someone special.
Active ingredients of jasmine oil
- Esters – Jasmine is extremely rich is esters, which can make up 70 per cent 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.
- Linalyl acetate and benzyl acetate give jasmine its warm floral fragrance.
- Jasmine is a great perfume oil as well as having therapeutic properties.