A Gift from God?
I’m always looking for inspiration for blog topics. I was inspired this past week when I heard someone at work speaking about using Jasmine EO (topically) as part of the healing process for an injury she had endured. I was keen to jump in and do the research. I am so glad I did. As it turns out, Jasmine EO has a ton of benefits.
It has been compared to valium for its ability to produce a calm state of mind. The most interesting thing I learned, however, was how it can be used to enhance the sensual side of life……and yes, I mean sex.
Jasmine gets its name from the Persian word “Yasmin”. The meaning is best translated as “Gift from God, God’s gift”. Ok, that’s pretty interesting! If it was considered a gift from such a revered entity, it must be something special!
The scent of Jasmine EO can be described as sensuous, warm, intense, sweet and exotic. The aroma is so wonderful that women from India will often weave the flowers into their hair. In fact, it has such an alluring scent that many perfumers utilize it in their products. It is used as a middle note in Chanel No. 5. Click here to learn about aromatic notes
Jasmine essential oil can be used for many things, like reducing stress and relaxing muscles and nerves, but it seems it is most known for its ability to enhance the libido. As far as I understand the popularity of Jasmine throughout history is likely due to this.
Know your Jasmine Varieties
The Jasmine plant is native to warm, temperate climates. Its genus has about 200 species but only two are used in the creation of Jasmine EO. In the world of aromatherapy these two types are known as Jasminum officinale/grandiflorum and Jasminum sambac.
Many essential oil suppliers refer to this type of oil as the traditional jasmine. This particular plant is a “day-blooming” deciduous vine that can grow up to 15 feet tall. It grows in many places including Western China, Nepal, the West Indies, Europe, India and parts of the United States.
The scent of Jasminum officinale/grandiflorum is rich and considered very warm.
This plant is often referred to as Arabian Jasmine, although it is not grown in the area known as ancient Arabia. It is a small, evergreen shrub that continually blooms and grows in warm and humid climates. It is believed to originate in western China and Tibet. I found this plant to be most interesting as it blooms only at night and is pollinated by moths! Fascinating!
The scent of this flower is less sweet than the jasminum officinale/graniflorum and has a heady green scent with a touch of citrus or herbal tones.
Interesting to note, although Jasminum sambac has the same therapeutic qualities as Jasminum officinale/grandiflorum, it is considered to be more sensually powerful. Some of you may want to keep that in mind! lol
Interesting Facts about Jasmine
During my research, it was clear to me that Jasmine was recognized as being useful as an aphrodisiac, I came across other interesting facts as well. A few of them are:
- The Jasmine flower is referenced in many ancient stories, especially stories about Persia, China and Egypt
- China’s royalty revered this flower; it was traded along the Silk Road.
- Among other uses, China believed Jasmine was capable of clearing the air of pollutants in sick rooms (This was before the discovery of bacteria).
- Jasmine has played a large part in the making of perfume, even as far back as Cleopatra.
- In Catholicism, the Jasmine flower can be related to Mary as a symbol of purity.
- In Hinduism, Jasmine is regarded as the “perfume of love” and the flowers are also used in offerings to their deities.
- Ancient Egyptians used Jasmine to promote a restful sleep, calm nerves and ease headaches.
- The Jasmine flower can be spotted in Italian Renaissance paintings.
- Jasmine is the official flower in the state of Hawaii.
- Jasmine is the National Flower for the following countries: Pakistan, Indonesia, Syria, Thailand and the Philippines.
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The Nighttime Flower
Jasmine essential oil comes from what is considered, by some, to be a very sacred flower. In folklore and stories of old it was thought to enhance the magic of nighttime. It was and is still used by some people to enhance dreams and attract spiritually pure love (not one night stands).
As noted above, Jasminum sambac blooms only at night, some people plant them outside their bedroom windows to allow the scent to waft through as they sleep.
I also learned that some varieties of Jasmine have predominate blooming periods during the time of a Waxing Moon. Very interesting!
As mentioned above, moths are in large part responsible for the pollination of night blooming Jasmine. This was new to me, I did not realize that moths do this. In addition to the scent, the white flowers act as reflectors of the moonlight, thus attracting the moths to land and partake of the nectar. The pollen grains stick to the moth’s body and are distributed when the moth flies from one flower to the next. Cool!
Jasmine as an Aphrodisiac
Jasmine has a long history of being used as an aphrodisiac. Due to the wonderful aroma, it is often used in bridal accessories and room décor of young newlyweds. According to a few articles that I read, this is still the case in the Indian Subcontinent.
Despite the lack of research and studies (as is the case with essential oils at this time), there are many that believe the scent of Jasmine can aid with conditions such as premature ejaculation, frigidity and impotence.
Give it a try the next time you are planning a romantic evening. Jasmine can be diffused into the air or mixed in a carrier oil for a relaxing sensual massage. Try blending it with other essential oils that are thought to have aphrodisiac qualities such as:
- Cedar wood
- Ylang Ylang
So, if you or your partner are in need of a little boost in this area, maybe you should treat yourself to some sweet smells to get yourself back in action. 🙂
Other Benefits of Jasmine Essential Oil
Although Jasmine seems to be commonly known to act as an aphrodisiac, it is thought to benefit us in other ways as well. It is believed to have the ability to:
- revitalize, restore and balance energy
- regulate menstrual cycles
- reduce menstrual pain
- reduce lethargy
- reduce mood swings
- treat dry and aging skin
- treat eczema and dermatitis
- help to fade scars and stretch marks
- relieve anger, anxiety and stress
- improve sleep quality
- relieve spasms
- relieve muscle cramps
- relieve intestinal pains
- ease coughs
- prevent infection
- act as an expectorant
Purchasing Jasmine Essential Oils
Before you purchase this oil, there are a few things to know. Firstly, Jasmine in its pure form is extremely expensive. It takes about 8000 flowers to make one gram of essential oil. That is a lot of flowers!
As with anything you buy, you need to be careful and read the labels. Jasmine essential oil is often blended with other pure oils, including carrier oils. Buying Jasmine as a blend is much more economical and it allows you to still enjoy the benefits without paying outrageous amounts of money.
Some synthetic Jasmine EOs are considered to be beneficial for us despite them being reproduced in a lab. I found this little piece of information interesting …a future article topic! Synthetic vs Natural EOs!
To Sum Up
It appears that Jasmine essential oil can be helpful to us in numerous ways. The focus for many people is the power it can have on the emotions and psyche. We live in a fast paced modern world, who wouldn’t want a natural way to help us cope? Diffusing oils and giving massages to the ones we love is a fabulous way to utilize the gifts that nature has to offer us. You should really give it a try.
I look forward to the day that scientific research proves the validity of the benefits of essential oils. For now, we have history to look to and we can test things ourselves.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this article. If you have thoughts about the above information, I would love to hear from you. Please feel free to use the comment box below.
I wish everyone a healthy and happy week ahead. Take good care!
Angela (founder of Your Aromatherapy Store)
I would like to remind you that essential oils are very POTENT and should be used with common sense and caution. Always read the labels. If you are currently taking any prescribed medication it is recommended that you speak to your doctor before using essential oils.
If you are concerned about allergies, you may want to perform a patch test on your skin.
It is also good to be aware that some essential oils are photo toxic. Avoid the sun as necessary when using these oils.
Please know that some oils are not recommended if you are pregnant or nursing.
Essential oils are considered “complementary and alternative medicines” and are not always a substitute for professional medical intervention and advice. If you are experiencing severe physical or mental illness it is best to contact a medical professional.