Sean Explains the Importance of Jasmine -- Ask the Biologist With Sean
First of all, what exactly is Jasmine and why should you care about it? Jasmine is a sturdy, evergreen shrub of bright green leaves with white star shaped flowers. It also boasts a pleasantly sweet and floral aroma. Jasmine is native to Asia and Africa and is one of the oldest and widely used scented flowers.
What a rich history! But why all the hype? What makes Jasmine so sought after, and highly regarded, throughout the known world? Let's start with how rare it is to harvest.
Did you know that Jasmine flowers bloom only at night , and therefore, have to be hand picked at that time only? Well, now you do. In order to capture this most delicate, and extremely fragile, scent, jasmine essential oil is steam distilled from its flowers. Huge quantities of jasmine petals are required to prepare just one single ounce of essential oil. Are you getting the picture? In saying that it's rare. Extremely rare. Jasmine is rare, extremely valuable, and highly sought after in its oil form.
Now, why is its oil something so many find essential to acquire?
Jasmine is preferred for its powerful qualities that assist the body as an anti depressant and as an aphrodisiac. The Chinese drink jasmine tea daily and use it to cleanse the air in sick rooms. While Egyptians use it to relieve anxiety disorders, insomnia, and headaches.
Did you say it was an aphrodisiac? Yeah. That's way we said. We said that. Jasmine was believed by many ancient cultures throughout history to have aphrodisiac powers. Jasmine was used throughout different cultures in various ceremonies. The sensuously rich and exotic aroma of jasmine based massage oils can certainly be relied upon to evoke a romantic mood.
Jasmine oil, despite being expensive, does wonders for the skin. It encourages cellular growth. Jasmine also increases skin elasticity and aids in healing minor to moderate burns. This makes Jasmine a wonderful holistic healing herb. Jasmine is especially effective for people suffering from symptoms of apathy and fatigue, as it helps in reducing fears. It also helps with muscle spasm and sprains.
Jasmine, with its many healing properties, acts as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory agent, and a sedative.
Jasmine is widely used as an essential oil. It is considered as a base oil for blending with other essential oils. When blended with herbs like Clary sage, Geranium, emon balm, rose, rosewood and sandalwood, it promotes the body’s natural way of healing, making it indispensable in the world of aromatherapy.
Jasmine essential oil when massaged on the abdomen during the later stages of labour, strengthens uterine contractions and relieves pain, according to the Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7445940/#:~:text=showed%20that%20aromatherapy%20massage%20with,reducing%20labor%20pain%20(30).)
A Few Fun Ways to DIY Jasmine
For stimulating bath oil, try this oil - 1/2 cup soy oil, 5 drops of jasmine essential oil, 3 drops of juniper essential oil and content from 4 - 5 vitamin E capsules.
Indulge your self with a massage, blend the following ingredients well - 8 tsp grape seed oil, 6 drops of jasmine essential oil, 2 drops each of tea tree oil and neroli oil. Before application warm the oil.
To create soothing and refreshing hair oil for scalp, blend 2 drops rosemary, 2 drops lavender, 2 drops clary sage, and 2 drops jasmine absolute to 1/2 ounce base oil.
Stay Breezy, Breezers!
--Morgan (I helped!)