10 Wonderful jasmine essential oil uses and benefits
The jasmine plant has a beautiful, delicately scented, white flower that can fill a garden with a sweet fragrance, and jasmine oil is one of the essential oils that can be used in massage, aromatherapy and is often included in many beauty products. Native to China and the northern regions of India, jasmine oil was once used as an aphrodisiac and that is just one of the amazing uses and benefits of jasmine essential oil, here are ten more…
1. It improves the mood
One of the most well-known benefits of jasmine essential oil is its ability to have a calming effect on the mind. According to the results of a study conducted by the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, the scent of jasmine oil causes the body to release the feel good chemicals that reduce anxiety.
2. It helps increase focus
As well as calming the mind, jasmine essential oil can also help to increase your mental focus. In one study it was found that baseball players who wore jasmine scented armbands during a game outperformed the players who did not.
3. It relaxes you and can help you sleep
Using jasmine essential oil in aromatherapy can also have a mild sedative effect. The scent relaxes the whole body and the oil can be used to help treat people who are suffering from insomnia. It has even been suggested that jasmine has an anti-depressant effect on people.
4. It has antibacterial properties
Jasmine essential oil contains some very powerful antiseptic, antiviral and antibacterial compounds, including benzyl benzoate, benzaldehyde and benzoic acid, which can be used to treat infections and wounds.
5. Jasmine oil is great for the skin
Jasmine essential oil softens and hydrates the skin and this, combined with its antibacterial properties, makes it ideal oil for use in a skin care regime, which can be especially beneficial for dry and dehydrated skin. It’s best to use jasmine essential oil diluted in a carrier oil, such as sweet almond oil, avocado oil, rosehip oil, jojoba oil or sesame seed oil; 2% dilution usually works best, which means 12 drops of essential oil should be mixed in 30 ml of carrier oil.
6. It helps to heal scars
Jasmine oil can be used to help improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Mixed in with a general moisturiser or a carrier oil, jasmine essential oil has a cicatrizer effect, which means that it will fade scars and blemishes on the skin, especially if you use it regularly.
7. It is a natural expectorant
Jasmine essential oil also has natural expectorant properties that help to clear away phlegm and congestion, when you have a cold. Combined with its ability to relax and calm you, this makes jasmine essential oil a great cold and flu remedy to help you get to sleep.
8. Jasmin oil as an aphrodisiac
Jasmine essential oil was traditionally used in the Middle East and India as an aphrodisiac. As well as increasing passion and desire, it was also believed to prolong the experience in men and was used as a treatment for premature ejaculation.
9. It eases the process of childbirth
It is also said the jasmine essential oil can ease the process of childbirth. It is said that the scent from the oil can strengthen the contractions, whilst, at the same time, reduce the pain experienced during childbirth. It’s best to consult your doctor before using jasmine essential oil though.
10. It can be used as an all-round beauty treatment
Jasmin essential oil has so any different properties that the ancients used it as a general, all-round, beauty treatment for many different purposes. They used to add it to their bath to soften the skin, use it as a hair treatment and, of course, they used it as a perfume too.
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