Jasmine

Jasmine

Botanical Family: Oleaceae (olive)

Extraction Method/Origin: Absolute extraction from flowers (jasmine is actually an “essence” not an essential oil. The flowers must be picked at night to maximize the fragrance)—India

Chemical Constituents: Esters (up to 50%): benzyl acetate (<28%), benzyl benzoate (<21%), methyl anthranilate, methyl jasmonate; Diterpene Alcohols: phytol (<12%), isophytol (<7%); Alcohols: linalool (<8%), benzyl alcohol, farnesol; Triterpenes: squalene (<7%); Pyrroles: indole, scatole; Ketone: cisjasmone.

Properties: Anticatarrhal, antidepressant, and antispasmodic.

Common Primary Uses: THoarse (voice), Tpink eye, Tsensitive skin.

Historical Uses: Known in India as the “queen of the night” and “moonlight of the grove,” women have treasured it for centuries for its beautiful, aphrodisiac-like fragrance. According to Roberta Wilson, “In many religious traditions, the jasmine flower symbolizes hope, happiness, and love.” Jasmine has been used for hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, dysentery, depression, nervousness, coughs, respiratory congestion, reproductive problems, and “to stimulate uterine contractions in pregnant women as childbirth approached.” It was also used in teas, perfumes, and incense.

Other Possible Uses: This oil may help with catarrh (mucus), conjunctivitis, coughs, dysentery, eczema (when caused by emotions), frigidity, hepatitis (cirrhosis of the liver), hoarseness, labor pains, laryngitis, lethargy (abnormal drowsiness), menstrual pain and problems, muscle spasms, nervous exhaustion and tension, pain relief, respiratory conditions, sex, skin care (dry, greasy, irritated, and sensitive), sprains, and uterine disorders. Jasmine is an oil that affects the emotions; it penetrates the deepest layers of the soul, opening doors to our emotions. It produces a feeling of confidence, energy, euphoria, and optimism. It helps to reduce anxiety, apathy, depression, indifference, listlessness, and relationship dilemmas. As cologne, it increases feelings of attractiveness.

Body System(s) Affected: Emotional Balance, Hormonal System.

Aromatic Influence: It is very uplifting to the emotions and may help increase intuitive powers and wisdom. It may also help to promote powerful, inspirational relationships.

Application: Apply to Vita Flex Points and/or directly on area of concern; diffuse.

Oral Use As Dietary Suppliment: Generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA. Dilute one drop oil in 1 tsp. honey or in 4 oz. of beverage (i.e. soy/rice milk). Not for children under 6 years old; use with caution and in greater dilution for children 6 years old and over.

Blend Classification: Equalizer, Modifier, and Enhancer.

Blends With: Bergamot, frankincense, geranium, helichrysum, lemongrass, mandarin, melissa, orange, palmarosa, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, spearmint.

Odor: Type: Base Note (5–20% of the blend);Scent: Powerful, sweet, tenacious, floral with fruity-herbaceous undertones; Intensity: 4.

Note: One pound of jasmine oil requires about 1,000 pounds of jasmine or 3.6 million fresh picked blossoms. The blossoms must be collected before sunrise, or much of the fragrance will have evaporated. The quality of the blossoms can also be compromised if they are squashed. A single 1 lb. can of pure jasmine oil can cost from $1,200 to $4,500. In contrast, synthetic jasmine oils can be obtained for $3.50 per pound, but these synthetic oils obviously do not possess the same therapeutic qualities as pure jasmine oil. The above mentioned properties and possible uses are based on pure jasmine oil, not synthetic oil.

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