The jasmine oil or absolute is produced by collecting thousands of blossoms overnight, when the aroma of the flower is at its most intense. It is said that, it takes 8000 jasmine sambac blossoms to create a single millimeter of oil. A concrete is first made from the jasmine flowers by solvent extraction, from which an absolute is obtained, by separation with alcohol. The essential oil is then produced from the absolute by steam distillation. Absolutes are even more concentrated than essential oils, and their shelf-life is much longer than the essential oil.
Jasmine oil, is one of the the most expensive and exotic oils used in today’s perfumery. Jasmine is considered to be the “King of Oils” as it is the the most masculine of all the floral oils. The colour of Jasmine oil is light or dark amber. It blends with many oils, but to maintain its fragrance, it is best used alone or with a mild oil. It is said to blend particularly well with sandalwood and citrus oils.
Health Benefits of Jasmine Oil
Jasmine oil is beneficial in treating many health problems. It is a powerful antiseptic, sedative and tonic. It is also possesses anti bacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. The antibacterial properties of Jasmine sambac essential oil, helps in combating bacteria and other harmful microbes causing infectious diseases. A 2008 study on ‘Antibacterial potential assessment of Jasmine essential oil against E.Coli’ confirmed that jasmine oil contains antibacterial activity.
It is useful to treat skin infections. It soothes the body, helps to alleviate dry skin and is very good for sensitive skin. It is used as a massage oil in creams and lotions. A study on the antifungal avtivity of Jasminum sambac against Malassezia sp and non-malassezia sp isolated from human skin samples, concluded that, “J. sambac may be used as an alternative treatment against Malassezia-associated skin infections.”
It is also used in aromatherapy to lift up the mood. Jasmine oil increases alertness and improves mood. It is recommended for breathing difficulties, coughing and nervous debility.
At the psychological and emotional level, the sedative property of the jasmine oil is said to soothe and calm the mind and body. It is also considered a strong aphrodisiac.
It is anti-inflammatory in nature and is recommended for any kind of physical pain. ‘Preliminary Studies on Anti-Inflammatory and Analgesic Activities of Jasminum sambac (L.) Aiton in Experimental Animal Models’ have proved that Jasminum sambac extracts exhibit anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive (reducing sensitivity to painful stimuli) properties that are helpful in treating muscular aches, rheumatism, back pain, headache and inflammation.
- Jasmine oil gives relief from poisonous stings. Just apply the oil on the affected area.
- Jasmine oil is a natural remedy for relief from pain or inflammation. Mix 2 drops of jasmine oil with 1 ml of olive oil and apply gently on the inflammed area.
- To control negativity and depressed emotions, inhale the aroma of Jasmine sambac essential oil. It helps to pacify the senses.
- For treating tension, fatigue, anxiety, and postnatal depression, add 2 drops of jasmine oil to a vaporizer or diffuser to inhale.
- To get relief from pain and inflammation, mix 2 drops of Jasmine sambac oil with 1 ml of olive oil and massage gently on the painful area. You can also add 2 drops of jasmine oil to warm bathing water, or to a hot compress.
- Add 2 drops of jasmine oil to your regular cream or lotion and massage it gently on your body to treat dry skin, and for getting rid of scars.
- Jasmine sambac oil is extremely good for the skin and it acts as a natural tonic and improves the skin health. To remove excess oil and blemishes from the skin, add a drop of Jasmine sambac oil to hot water and steam regularly.
- Jasmine oil is considered a great anti-depressant. Adding two drops the oil in warm bathing water, or to a massage oil, helps to inspire positive thoughts, strengthen the mind and boost your confidence.