Jasmine essential oil may be extracted from different jasmine species such as common jasmine (Jasminum Officinale) and Spanish jasmine (Jasminum Grandiflorum). They belong to the Oleaceae family, which has more than 200 specie types. This plant can reach a height of approximately 10 to 15 feet, bears dark green leaves and white flowers that usually blossom at night.
Jasmine is known for its sweet and heady fragrance, the oil sometimes referred to as “the king of oils” is one of the most expensive as its extraction is very lengthy and involves several different processes. Only the flowers are used for extracting the essential oil, and they have to be picked at night when the perfume is the most intense. It takes roughly 2,000 pounds of jasmine flowers to produce just one pound of essential oil. Jasmine’s exotic and uplifting perfume blends well with most other oils.
Jasmine essential oil is favored for:
- Stress – Well known for its calming properties, Jasmine may help reduce symptoms of irritability, anger, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia and depression. Promotes a feeling of calm and peace.
- Antiseptic – Known for its antiseptic properties, Jasmine is often used to protect wounds from viral and bacterial infections.
- Aphrodisiac – Jasmine contains mild aphrodisiac properties, helping one to feel more uplifted and sensual.
- Skin and Scars – Jasmine is widely used to help with acne, dermatitis, eczema and other skin conditions. This essential oil is a cicatrisant, and may help to reduce the appearance of scars and marks caused by acne, pimples and chicken pox.
- Cough and Cold – Jasmine may be used in reducing the symptoms of bronchitis, congestion, sinusitis and colds.