Jasmine, whose botanical name is Jasminum grandiflorum , is a plant of the Oleaceae family that originates in the East. Its flower with its heady aroma is now widespread even in Europe, and especially in Italy and France, where it is used for the composition of perfumes and cosmetics.
Properties: antidepressant, aphrodisiac, relaxing, astringent, soothing.
Effective on anxiety, depression, skin care, nervous cough, decreased libido, female hormonal problems, nervousness, stress.
The plant is a perennial climbing shrub used for ornamental purposes to cover recinsioni or walls, and to adorn terraces. It has large elongated leaves, of an intense green color, with large white flowers that bloom from spring to autumn. The flowers have the characteristic of opening in the evening and closing in the morning.
The habitat best suited to the Jasmine plant are rocky and dry soils, in places with a mild climate.
The essential oil of Jasmine
The parts used are flowers. The essential oil of Jasmine is a very expensive oil because many flowers are needed to produce a minimum dose. The flowers must be collected in the summer or in the morning or late afternoon
13 uses of essential oil of jasmine
- To perfume your hair. Used since ancient times to perfume the hair, the essential oil of Jasmine lends itself to a deodorising function more than any other oil. If cultivated in the pot, 30 grams of flowers can be taken directly from the plant and then soaked for half an hour; then filter the water and then sprinkle it directly on the hair after washing, without rinsing; or you can pour a few drops of essential oil of Jasmine directly into the shampoo; for man it is possible to substitute jasmine oil with lavender essential oil. Once a week you can perform an invigorating treatment by combining 2 drops of essential oil of Jasmine in castor oil; it will stimulate the scalp and there will be a strengthening effect on the hair that will tend to grow faster. It is advisable to carry out the compress at least once a week, even on the eyebrows.
- In the water of the bathtub to have a relaxing effect. It is a good idea to put 10 drops in the water of the bathtub together with the salts, or the bubble bath, to have a relaxing and myorelaxing effect. Immersing the body in warm, perfumed water for at least 20 minutes will help to relax the muscles after a day’s work.
- In the massage. It can be used in Californian massage , the king of relaxation massages, together with sweet almond oil. Treatment should be repeated at least twice a week for long-term benefits.
- For the treatment of dry skin. In the case of dry and dehydrated skin we recommend facial treatments based on Wheat Germ Oiland a few drops of Jasmine. The synergy of the two plants will make the complexion immediately brighter and hydrated. Don’t forget to make a light scrub and immediately after a pack with collagen vial and Aloe mask .
- For the treatment of sensitive skin, dermatitis and psoriasis. In case of reddened skin it is advisable to carry out treatments by mixing 3 drops of essential oil of Jasmine in a nut of cream based on Calendulaand Hamamelis Oil . You can make compresses directly on the area, with warm bandages to leave on the skin for at least two hours. Repeat the treatment until the symptoms have subsided.
- To perfume the environment. To create a relaxing atmosphere, 5 drops of essential oil of Jasmine can be poured into a burning essence together with the essential oil of Melissa. This will have a calming effect on minds and a proactive note that invites dialogue.
- To prepare an invigorating herbal tea. Jasmine alleviates the soul, stimulates the imagination and dissolves fears. It is advisable to drink an herbal tea composed of a few leaves of Jasmine and passionflower, left to infuse in a cup of water for 5 minutes, after having boiled it. Strain the leaves and drink the herbal tea adding chestnut honey.
- In case of headache. Drink a cup of infusion of jasmine and lemon balm prepared by infusing 20 grams of dried flowers in 1 liter and a half of boiling water for 10 minutes. Filter everything and drink sipping slowly.
- To stimulate emotions. The Jasmine, thanks to its particular aroma, is able if inhaled to bring new joy and new feelings, increasing the attention towards the partner. In fact, it acts as a euphoric, keeping away anxiety and apathy. It can be used inside a room diffuser; it is advisable to dilute 1 drop of essential oil per square meter and to ventilate the room after its use.
- For hormonal problems. It is advisable to massage a few drops onto the abdomen every night one week before the menstrual cycle. Jasmine essential oil helps relieve premenstrual syndrome, stimulates the flow and benefits female sexual glands.
- Astringent. For acne, oily and asphyxiated skin, purifying face treatments can be performed with the addition of Birch for an astringent, soothing and sebum-balancing activity. Treatments must be carried out at least two days a week, while every night before going to bed, the skin must be swabbed with pads soaked in warm water and essential oil of Jasmine and Lemon .
- Scarring effect. Mix two drops of essential oil of jasmine and essential oil of carrotin sweet almond oil and gently pass over small cuts or bruises. This will have a soothing effect that will relieve the burning and an acceleration of cellular turnover and prompt healing.
- Insomnia. To combat insomnia, prepare an infusion in the evening before going to bed with jasmine leaves, Marjoram and Passiflora. In all, leave 20 g of infusion leaves in 1 liter of water brought to a boil for 10/15 minutes. Leave another 5 minutes on; strain and then drink before going to bed. It combines sleep and relaxes muscles and mind.
The Persians considered Jasmine the king of flowers; even the Indians considered it a sacred flower; in Sri Lanka, petals are sprinkled with Jasmine perfume and then spread out in front of the temples.Jasmine arrives in Italy around the fourteenth century, at the court of the Medici in Florence, where Cosimo I wanted to grow plants in his gardens.
Contraindications and warnings
Always use diluted. Do not use on pregnant women. Excellent instead to relax the uterus before giving birth.