23 November 2008

Our sweeter Jasmine Oil is from the sambac variety, produced from jasmine blossoms; 1000 pounds of blossoms (about 3.6 million fresh blossoms) produce one pound of Jasmine oil. The blossoms are collected before sunrise, and handled with care to preserve their delicate scent.

An absolute is extracted from Jasmine flowers, as they are considered too delicate to process through steam distillation. The advantage of the absolute is that the complete aroma of this wonderful flower is preserved in the resultant oil. There is no true Jasmine essential oil, as the flowers cannot be processed this way.

There are many species of Jasmine, up to 42 species have been recorded in India alone. somewhat-viscous liquid with a rich, warm, floral scent, with honey and 'tea-like' undertones.

Jasmine has been nicknamed 'Queen of the Night' and 'Moonlight of the Grove'; for centuries, women have treasured it for its seductive, beautiful fragrance.

Botanical Name
Jasminum officinalis

Origin
China and northern India

Color
Deep Brown with a Golden Tinge

Consistency/Viscosity
Medium

Perfumery Note
Middle

Aroma
Exotic and richly floral odor

Strength of Initial Aroma
Strong

Extraction Method
Extracted from the plant's flower using solvent extraction

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Benzyl acetate, linalool, benzyl alcohol, indole, benzyl benzoate, cis-jasmone, geraniol, methyl anthranilate and trace amounts of p. cresol, farnesol, cis-3-hexenyl benzoate, eugenol, nerol, ceosol, benzoic acid, benzaldehyde, y-terpineol, nerolidol, isohytol, phytol

Therapeutic Properties
Anti-depressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, anti-spasmodic, cicatrisant, expectorant, galactagogue, parturient, sedative and uterine

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • It is used in cases of severe depression and soothes the nerves, producing a feeling of confidence and optimism, while revitalizing and restoring energy
  • Jasmine oil facilitates delivery in childbirth: it hastens the birth by strengthening the contractions and at the same time relieves pain
  • It is effective in post-natal depression and promotes the flow of breast milk
  • Because of its deeply soothing and calming nature, jasmine oil helps with sexual problems such as impotence, premature ejaculation and frigidity
  • It has a very beneficial effect on the respiratory system, by soothing irritating coughs and helping with hoarseness and laryngitis
  • It is further helpful with muscle pain, sprains, and stiff limbs
  • Jasmine oil tones dry, greasy, irritated and sensitive skin, increases elasticity and is often used to assist with stretch marks and to reduce scarring
  • Depression, dry skin, exhaustion, labor pains, sensitive skin
  • Jasmine can be supportive in cases of anxiety, stress; skin conditions
  • Traditionally Jasmine oil has been used for uplifting the spirit, antidepressant, stimulating, beneficial for skin
Precaution
  • Jasmine oil is non-toxic, non-irritant and generally non-sensitizing, although some people do have an allergic reaction to the oil
  • Due to its emmenagogue properties it should not be used in pregnancy
  • Using too much of this oil could impede concentration, as it is a deeply relaxing oil
  • Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction
  • If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult a physician
Blend With
Bergamot Oil, Frankincense Oil, Geranium Oil, Helichrysum Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Melissa Oil, Orange Oil, Rose Oil, Sandalwood Oil and Ylang ylang Oil

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