Aromatherapy Jasmine - Discussion, Uses and Benefits
What are the specifics of aromatherapy jasmine usage?
Originating in the Middle and Far East, jasmine (Jasminum officinalis and J. grandiflorum) has been used by perfumers and written about by poets for centuries. The plant belongs to the olive family, and grows most often as a climbing vine.
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Ritual baths in India called for anointing with jasmine, in addition to other exotic spices, and the oil often featured in esoteric Tantric practices, hence its legendary reputation as an aphrodisiac!
In the Far East, notably India, China, and Indonesia, women traditionally rolled up jasmine blossoms in their freshly washed and oiled hair to impart the scent overnight. Native healers in India continue to use jasmine infused sesame oil to heal lesions and wounds, thus demonstrating its anti-bacterial properties.
In Buddhist practices, garlands of the blooming vine are used in ceremonies to symbolize devotional reverence. The name derives from ancient Persian, meaning "gift from God", and the evergreen flowering shrub has also been called "mistress of the night", or "moonlight of the grove", (Keville, 1999) as its heady fragrance reaches a heavenly crescendo in the late evening.
Due to the time-consuming production process, Jasmine oil remains one of the more expensive essential oils on the market. Producing an ounce of jasmine oil for aromatherapy jasmine use requires several weeks of intensive labor involving selection, harvesting (at dusk only as oil and seductive scent are at their peak), and skilled processing.
In addition, the flowers yield comparatively little oil, and until fairly recently it could only be released through steam distillation. The cost has become so prohibitive that the oil currently marketed is really the absolute, not the essential oil, and thus only suitable for fragrance purposes. The fragrance lends an important element to some of the world's best selling perfumes.
For aromatherapy jasmine usage, aromatherapists use jasmine essential oil to treat a wide variety of conditions, including ailments of the nervous system such as headaches, anxiety, insomnia and depression.
The scent acts as a sedative, and has also been found useful in treating muscle and menstrual cramps, spasms, and similar conditions. Studies have also shown that though the scent calms the nervous system, it also regulates brain waves and leads to enhanced mental functioning and acuity.
Jasmine tea, an East Asian drink infused with dried jasmine flowers, serves as a soothing restorative, yet many office workers enjoy their jasmine tea to enhance performance and reduce clerical errors.
Sensitive skin responds wonderfully to a floral facial spray enhanced with jasmine, in conjunction with other essential oils. When using aromatherapy jasmine as an antidepressant, calmative, or antiseptic, the essential oil can be used in an aroma lamp or in massage.
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