Essential Oil Profile - Jasminum officinalis

10:50 PM Posted by jo

I love the smell of jasmine.  It is a very sensual, exotic, and relaxing aroma that makes you feel good. It eases any negative feelings and makes me feel so relaxed. Jasmine has long been used for its effect on the reproductive system. It is used as an aphrodisiac and to assist in childbirth. It is considered one of the most effective essential oils for depression, nervous anxiety, and restlessness. 

The aroma of jasmine is quite intense, and it doesn't change much in character during a smell test. To best describe the aroma I would say that the top note is rich, sweet, floral, and exotic but not overpowering. The middle note is floral, sensual, sweet and summery. Finally, the base note is sweet, floral, quite strong, pleasant, round and full-bodied. It is of course a very feminine aroma.

Jasminum officinalis is grown in certain part of India, China, Morocco, Italy and Egypt. It is also grown in South of France. 14 different species exists but the most commonly used in aromatherapy are Grandiflorum (officinalis) and J. sambac.

Jasmine has been used for thousands of years, and is called the Moonshine in the Garden in India. It has also been used in Hindu medicine for a long time. According to Battaglia, liver cirrhosis, hepatitis, and dysentery are treated with jasmine flowers in China.

Jasmine blends well with bergamot, clary sage, frankincense, geranium, lavender, orange, mandarin, neroli, palmarosa, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, and ylang-ylang.

Jasmine is a great oil for emotional problems, and according to Battaglia it is an anti-depressant. He also says it has historically been helpful in childbirth. Battaglia says if it is massaged in the back and the lower abdomen, it may relieve pain in the lower abdomen and strengthen the contractions.

According to Battaglia, Jasmine has historically been used to assist in the expulsion of the placenta. Its hormonal activity is useful in menstrual problems. According to Battaglia, jasmine has traditionally been a good oil for for the skin and may help in conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, and dry aggravated skin.

Except for the use in labor, jasmine is contra-indicated in pregnancy and breast-feeding. It should not be taken internally unless it is a steam distilled oil. Consult an expert before ingesting essential oils. Long term use may cause sensitization.


Johanna is an aromatherapist and she is passionate about educating people about health, essential oils, real food, natural remedies, and nutrition so they make healthier choices in their lives. 
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