Jasmine symbolizes hope, happiness, and love in many religious traditions. Jasmine essential oil works by positively influencing the nervous system. Through aromatherapy or by penetrating the skin, Jasmine essential oil has an effect on a number of biological factors — including heart rate, body temperature, stress response, alertness, blood pressure and breathing.
One study found Jasmine can be as calming a valium. Brain scans showed the effect of a chemical called GABA on nerve cells was enhanced by the fragrances and helped soothe emotions and promote rest.
Jasmine is highly sought after in both the perfume industry and aromatherapy because it is very uplifting to the emotions.
The essential oil comes from the flower of the plan in a solvent extraction process. Solvent extraction can be used on every type of plant material but is most commonly used on flowers that are extremely fragile or cannot otherwise endure the high temperatures required for steam distillation. Such is the case with Jasmine.
Solvent extraction produces absolutes, which are different from essential oils because they can contain both aromatic and non-aromatic chemical constituents. Choosing the right solvent that will not is an important first step as many solvents can alter the absolute. It is important to select a solvent that will make minimal alterations to the unique fragrance and beneficial properties of the absolute and the resulting essential oil.
This video explains the process.
Jasmine Essential Oil History
The word jasmine comes from the Arabic word “yasmin,” which means fragrant flower. In India, Jasmine is known as the “Queen of the Night” where, for centuries, women treasured jasmine for its beautiful, aphrodisiac-like fragrance.
The plant has been grown as an ornamental and for its highly fragrant flowers for centuries in China, Japan and throughout Southeast Asia and Indonesia. Jasmine is also the national flower of Pakistan (commonly called Chameli).
In China, Jasmine flowers are commonly enjoyed as a tea and sometimes combined with green or black teas. In fact, “flowering teas” are hand woven from bundled tea leaves with a closed jasmine flower bud at the center, which appears to bloom as the bundle unfolds in response to steeping in hot water.
Jasmine flowers must be picked in early morning when their aroma is at its peak. An experienced picker can pick up to 15,000 blossoms a night. It takes more than five million Jasmine flowers to produce just one kilo of “pure jasmine absolute.” As a result, much of the Jasmine used in perfume is a chemical approximation.
Jasmine Essential Oil Uses
Renowned as the “King of Flowers,” Jasmine is prized for its delicate white flowers, which emit a highly fragrant aroma for up to 36 hours after being hand-picked. Extracting Jasmine is labor-intensive and must be done at daybreak when the flowers are most fragrant and have the highest percentage of components intact.
Due to the large number of flowers needed to produce a small amount of oil, Jasmine is highly sought after in both the perfume industry and in aromatherapy.
Jasmine essential oil provides a myriad of benefits, both aromatically and topically. Its esteemed fragrance can be calming, yet euphoric, instilling a positive outlook. Emotionally, Jasmine promotes feelings of joy, peace, and self-confidence. Jasmine is known to support healthy looking, radiant skin. Jasmine may also be beneficial in nourishing and protecting the scalp. Some other uses of Jasmine include:
- Evokes feelings of joy, peace, and self-confidence.
- Apply to pulse points to promote a positive outlook throughout the day.
- Dab one to two drops on fine lines and wrinkles and décolletage before applying facial moisturizer.
- Helps balance mood throughout the month.
- Nourishes and protects the skin and scalp with added nourishing and moisturizing benefits.
- Promotes a healthy-looking, glowing complexion.
- Reduces the appearance of blemishes.
Previously, Jasmine essential oil was only available during special doTERRA promotions. Now, Jasmine is a permanent product as a part of the doTERRA “Touch” line. Jasmine “Touch” comes in a 10ml roll-on bottle where Fractionated Coconut Oil and Jasmine absolute combine to
Directions for Use
You can diffuse Jasmine essential oil and apply it to your skin.
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Topically: Apply one to two drops to the desired area. You may want to dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or other natural oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
As with all essential oils, please be aware of possible skin sensitivity. Keep Jasmine essential oil out of the reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician before using Jasmine oil.