Jasmine Essential Oil.
As a result of its importance to the fragrance industry, jasmine is often called the ‘king of perfumes’. In fact, an entire industry grew up around this plant in the Grasse area of France. Originally cultivated in the north-west of India, the scent of its flowers has been highly valued for centuries.
Jasmine is not an essential oil but an absolute. The flowers are too delicate to be steam distilled as the heat tends to destroy the odour. So a concrete is produced by solvent extraction. After the solvent is removed, the absolute is obtained from the concrete by separation with alcohol. The resulting oil is a dark orange-brown, viscous substance with a warm, heady, rich, floral perfume. An enormous amount of flowers are needed to produce a small amount of oil, and the production takes place mainly in France, India and Morocco. This oil is non-sensitizing, non-irritant and non-toxic.
The main effect of jasmine is on the emotions, it is the most uplifting of all the oils which will also promote a sense of relaxation and act as an anti-depressant. It will benefit most where there is a clear association between physical discomfort and psychological stress as it is soothing, calming and refreshing. Where there are symptoms of contraction, for example tense muscles or a tight chest, its relaxing properties make it an ideal choice. Jasmine blends well with clary sage, bergamot, rose, orange, sandalwood and ylang-ylang.
It is one of the classic aphrodisiac oils as a result of its uplifting and relaxing properties. The exotic perfume of jasmine oil creates an atmosphere of enjoyment and relaxation and if it is used as a sensual massage oil, it can be successfully employed in the treatment of both frigidity and impotence.
Using jasmine oil will ease cramps and menstrual discomfort and also can help relieve the pain of labour; for this you can either use it to perfume the room or dilute it in a base oil and massage over the lower back in between contractions.
In skin care, where dry, hot and inflamed skin is exacerbated during times of emotional stress, jasmine oil is your treatment of choice. It is also one of the few essential oils that may be applied to the skin undiluted as a perfume.
If you have been going through a period of grief and trauma, jasmine is eminently suitable as it helps to encourage an acceptance of life experiences and promotes relaxation and enjoyment.