The jasmine essential oil is derived from the white flowers of the common jasmine plant, also known as Jasminun officinale. The flower is believed to originate from Iran, but can now also be found in tropical climates.
Jasmine oil and components of synthetic blends of jasmine essential oil have properties that offer a number of health benefits. Though it’s a popular home remedy used to treat everything from depression to infections, it’s best known as an aphrodisiac.
Jasmine oil is a popular home remedy believed to have a number of health benefits. While not all of the benefits have been scientifically proven, many have.
There is evidence that aromatherapy can effectively reduce depressive symptoms. A study that looked at jasmine essential oil found that when compared to a placebo, jasmine oil increased behavioral arousal.
This included significant increases in blood oxygen saturation, breathing rate, and blood pressure. The participants in the jasmine oil group also reported feeling more alert. The researchers concluded that the stimulating and activating effect of jasmine oil could be useful for relieving depression and improving mood.
Jasmine oil used in aromatherapy massage was found to be particularly effective.
Another study published in the Journal of Health Research examined the effects of jasmine oil inhalation on the central nervous system and mood. When inhaled, jasmine oil affected brain activity and mood states and the participants reported feeling more positive, energetic, and romantic.
You can reap the mental benefits of jasmine oil aromatherapy by using it in massage oil or in a diffuser, or by inhaling it directly from the bottle.
Jasmine oil made from various species of the plant has been found to have antibacterial properties. Its antiseptic effects have been extensively studied and found to fight various bacteria.
In another study, the oil showed antimicrobial activity against several oral microorganisms, including E. coli, L. casei, and S. mutans. It also worked as an antimicrobial agent against all strains of candida, the bacteria that cause oral thrush.
Jasmine oil may be effective in treating and preventing infections when diluted and applied to the skin or used as a rinse for oral infections, such as oral thrush.
Jasmine’s romantic scent has long been believed to have an aphrodisiac effect. It’s been worn as a fragrance, and in parts of India, jasmine flowers are often included as décor at weddings in the newlyweds’ bedroom to set the mood for romance.
There is little scientific evidence to back its effects as an aphrodisiac. We do know that inhaling jasmine or using it in aromatherapy massage improves mood and has been reported to increase romantic and positive feelings, as well as energy levels.
These things could, in theory, prime someone for romance and sex. Also, its stimulant effect on brain waves may make a person more alert to sexual cues, possibly increasing blood flow to the penis, according to a small study that looked at the association between odors and sexual response.
If you’re hoping to spice things up in the bedroom with jasmine oil, try dabbing some of the oil on your neck. Your body heat will enhance the scent. You can also add a few drops on bedding, to a warm bath, or to a diffuser in the bedroom.
Jasmine is used as a home remedy to treat spasms in various parts of the body, from cramp-producing stomach spasms to spasmodic cough.
There’s very limited scientific evidence on jasmine oil’s ability to reduce spasms. One study did find it effective in reducing labor pain when diluted and used for massage. Even though the evidence is limited, using jasmine oil to massage muscles certainly won’t hurt and may provide some relief from spasms.
Jasmine oil may have a cicatrizing effect and promote wound healing through the formation of scar tissue. We know that jasmine oil has antiseptic properties that are beneficial in treating skin infections.
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Applying diluted jasmine oil to minor wounds, such as small scratches and cuts, may help them heal faster.
Decreases menopause symptoms
Essential oils for menopause relief are not new. They’ve been used for years to treat symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and depression.
Though the evidence on the effect of jasmine on menopause symptoms is very limited, it has been shown effective in improving mood and reducing depression.
A small study found that aromatherapy massage once a week for eight weeks greatly reduced menopause symptoms. The massages were performed using a combination of essential oils of jasmine, lavender, rose, and rose geranium in a carrier oil.
If you’re looking for natural ways to reduce symptoms of menopause, regular aromatherapy massages using the same combination of essential oils may help.
Galactagogues are herbal or synthetic substances that may promote lactation. The jasmine flower is a popular home remedy believed to improve lactation.
Lactating mothers in parts of South India wear strings of jasmine flowers in their hair because of its association with increased lactation and delayed ovulation.
Some experts believe that the brain effects of jasmine inhalation may be connected to hormonal changes that result in increased lactation. This theory remains unproven and there is no scientific evidence linking jasmine to increase lactation.
While some evidence has confirmed that jasmine oil can increase alertness and energy levels, evidence also shows that it can have a calming effect.
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In a more recent pilot study, people with generalized anxiety disorder were asked to inhale jasmine essential oil for 5 minutes a day over 10 days. Jasmine essential oil appeared to significantly bring down the elevated state of mind and improve symptoms such as insomnia, palpitations, and irritability.