Used to treat depression, low libido, and reduce stress; jasmine oil has been referred to as a mood booster and stress buster. Whether through aromatherapy or by applying on the skin, jasmine oil is reported to have a positive impact on the nervous system. It is credited as benefitting heart rate, body temperature, alertness, blood pressure, and breathing.
Derived from the jasmine flower, jasmine oil has been used for hundreds of years to help people detox, and correct respiratory and liver problems. Called the “queen of the night,” the jasmine flower is known for its strong scent at night and is known to boost libido. In one study, participants stated they experienced an increase in positive thoughts and feelings, a reduction in their experience with stress, and a renewed sense of being more awake and romantic.
In another study, it was discovered that jasmine oil was beneficial in balancing hormones. As a phytoestrogen oil (meaning it has a similar construct as estrogen), it is capable of addressing symptoms related to menopause, PMS, and other hormone-related illnesses. Some use the oil to reduce pain associated with pregnancy and childbirth.
Unlike other oils, jasmine oil does not require a carrier oil. In fact, it is recommended that the oil be used undiluted. The deal is, jasmine is not an essential oil. Because it is processed through soaking with a solvent, and not pressed or distilled, it is an absolute or enfleurage oil. Whether you apply it directly to the skin or drop it into a diffuser, jasmine oil is said to have antiviral, antibiotic, and antifungal components. In fact, in some Asian countries, jasmine oil is used to fight hepatitis and skin disorders.
For the most part, there are no negative side effects related to jasmine oil, but it is always best to do a skin test. When using for the first time, mix the oil with a carrier oil to rule out any allergies. One source cites that it is not recommended that jasmine oil be taken orally, yet another says that some culinary chefs add jasmine absolute oil to foods for flavor. Another caution; because the oil helps with relaxation, use it in small doses until you know how it will impact your ability to concentrate.
Some choose to mix jasmine oil with jojoba or coconut oils to mask its strong scent. This is a good idea if you are susceptible to headaches, rashes, or nausea due to strong flowery smells. Because jasmine oil impacts a woman’s hormone levels, it is always a good idea for pregnant women, or women being treated for hormonal issues, to discuss things with their doctor. Lactating women using jasmine oil may notice a decrease in milk production. This would be helpful when it is time to wean the baby.
When shopping for jasmine oil, you may notice a variety in price. The price seems to depend mostly on what brand you choose. It is always a good idea to look for brands that are ethically sourced. Do your research.
So, before leaving you with a DYI recipe, let’s re-cap the benefits of jasmine oil:
- Can help relieve depression and anxiety symptoms
- May increase arousal
- May help boost immunity, concentration, and mood
- Can help with insomnia
- May help relieve symptoms associated with menopause, PMS, and pregnancy and post-pregnancy issues
- Can reduce respiratory infection symptoms
- May help with wound care and reduce scarring
And now for that recipe: Homemade Jasmine Oil Perfume
- 30 drops jasmine oil
- 5 drops vanilla essential oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil
- 5 drops orange essential oil
- 2 tablespoons vodka
- 1 tablespoon orange blossom water (or distilled water)
- Mix the essential oil blend with the vodka in a glass mason jar or bottle and leave it out on a countertop for two days. Keep it covered and somewhere that’s room temperature and away from the sun.
- Add the orange blossom water or distilled water and stir together. Add the mixture to an old perfume spray bottle or regular aluminum spray bottle. Keep the mix somewhere around room temperature, and use it on your skin, clothes, sheets, rugs, etc.