Today's Spotlight: Background, "Benefits" & Uses for Jasmine Essential Oil
Jasmine Essential Oils
Jasmine essential oil offers a sweet aromatic, floral aroma, which is derived from tiny white flowers of the common jasmine plant. This jasmine plant is also known as Jasminum officinale. The plant originates from Iran, and is believed to have several health benefits, when used in aromatherapy (diffusers) or absorption through the skin.
Some people consider this to be a very romantic type scent profile. Jasmine essential oil can also be found in some popular perfumes, alcohol and other sweets.
The extraction of Jasmine oils from the plants is different from some other essential oils. Sometimes certain types of extraction like steam distillation can damage the delicate jasmine flowers, so solvent extraction is a way to extract the oils.
The process involves putting flower petals in an ethanol solvent. They rotate and leave it in the solvent for a while to produce fragrance molecules. The distillation of the liquid leaves behind pure jasmine oils and the use of solvents gives a higher yield and keeps the more water soluble components intact. These would otherwise be lost in distillation.
Some of the popular touted benefits of this oil is improving mood, helping to relieve stress and anxiety symptoms, hormonal balance, and as a sleep aide.
Uses Of Jasmine Essential Oils
· Using for Face Care: You can add jasmine essential oils to your face and body using carrier oils. A 2017 analysis looked at jasmine oil and it's abilities to potentially help with skin conditions, like dry complexions, inflammation, oily skin and psoriasis. This same study also reveled that jasmine essential oils can be used for revitalization, oily conditions, and general skin care.
· How to Use for Body Care: You can add 4 to 5 drops of this oil to every 5 ml of your body lotion, however dosage also may depend on your age and overall health conditions. You can mix in skin loving oils like jojoba, sweet almond or even avocado oils to name a few. Apply the mixture to your body thoroughly as a massage oil blend.
Benefits Of Jasmine Essential Oils
1. Decreases Menopause Symptoms
Jasmine oils, have for a long time been believed to help menopause symptoms, however there does not seem to be 'extensive' scientific studies to prove this to be true.
One study in 2008 used essential oils, including jasmine, in aromatherapy massage over an 8-week period in women. The study suggested (based on data) that massages with these oils may help with relieving specific symptoms such as hot flashes, depression and pain in climacteric women.
When the oils are massaged into the skin and vapors inhaled they are said to stimulate the limbic system. The limbic system is important for controlling emotions, and is why essentials oils and there aromas are said to help calm the body, boost mood, and even relieve symptoms of anxiety and stress.
A massage (using jasmine oils) therefore is said to be an excellent way to reduce symptoms of menopause.
Like several other essential oils, jasmine oils have been found to have antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties that help fight against various germs. This antiseptic property makes jasmine another popular oil when discussing it's uses against various forms or strains of infections, such as E.coli, L. casei & multiple strands of candida, as one study found in 2018.
Other studies have found certain compounds in jasmine oil (like oleuropein), that may help in fighting infections and hence helping to boost immune function.
When diluted and applied to the skin or oral infections, it can help treat wounds. Unlike some essential oils, jasmine oil has been studied a number of times for it's anti-bacterial properties. We do not however, condone any ingestion of essential oils, here at RN to Zen.
One assessment in 2008 of current literature, stated that high grade jasmine oils are applied to treat ulcers, & remove corns. The review found that there is some amount of antibacterial activity and mechanism of action of Jasminum sambac against E.coli.
Jasmine oils have the potential to increase behavioral arousal. A study in 2017, discussed jasmine as being one of the diluted essential oils used in aromatherapy body massage and inhalation, which was used in evaluating depression symptoms.
There were mixed results for the effectiveness of the five inhalation studies, 2 of which showed positive benefits for postpartum women exposed to the aromatherapy inhalation.
There was also an increase number of reported beneficial effects and improved depressive symptoms shown in studies where massage was carried out in combination with aromatherapy.
According to the Journal of Health Research 2012, jasmine oil is a widely used and preferred odor in aromatherapy in Thailand. A study was carried out to examine brain wave changes to examine effects of jasmine oil on central nervous system function.
The results showed that positive emotions, like feelings of well-being, and romance were increased. Negative emotions like feelings of fatigue, were significantly decreased.
According to some accounts, ancient Chinese culture used Jasmine as a natural aphrodisiac, and fertility booster. Some studies have indicated that jasmine tea is good for the body during pregnancy.
Maybe this is why jasmine is heavily used in perfumes and has been linked to romance, as well, has the name "Queen of the night".
Side Effects of Jasmine Essential Oil
Jasmine is one of those oils that has long been said to be safe for external use without causing irritation. As always we here at RN to Zen don't discuss nor suggest the ingestion of any essential oil. We discuss them in the form of external applications. It's always important to follow the recommendation from a healthcare provider before using essential oils for treatment of any ailments. We do not encourage or support stopping any current treatments to regimen with essential oils without consulting a healthcare expert.
Please be cautious in using any essential oil when pregnant. Always consult a medical expert.
Do not use on children.
Always dilute with a carrier oil, and test a small area of skin before application. If an negative reaction or irritation occurs, stop use immediately nd consult with a medical expert.
Jasmine oil will most likely continue it's trend in popularity, if not just for the potential health benefits, but for the shear fact it gives off a lovely aroma, that is universally liked.
Like with any discussion on essential oils and effects of aromatherapy, it's important to research each oil, if you're looking for specific health benefits to see if it may be right for you. But, most importantly is to check with your doctor when combining them with any of you current regimens.