Aromatherapy Rose

ROSA GALLICA
ROSA DAMASCENA
ROSA CENTIFOLIA

The natural oil extracted from the petals of a rose is supposed to be amongst the priciest essential oils available. Rose essential oil possesses numerous therapeutic properties that help in boosting one’s physical and mental conditions. In addition, rose essential oil is known to be very co-active in blending with other natural oils. The aroma of rose essential oil is extremely long-lasting, so much so that even using a few drops of this oil will ensure that your small bottle lasts long.

Rose essential oil is obtained through a process known as solvent extraction of the freshly collected rose petals. There is little doubt why this essential oil is so expensive – approximately 5000 pounds of rose petals are required to obtain just one pound of rose oil. It is important to note that rose essential oil has high spiritual properties and has been used traditionally over centuries during different ceremonies. History testifies this aspect of the natural oil. In addition, as aforementioned, rose essential oil possesses several therapeutic properties. It is an effective remedy for sorrow, depression, unhappiness, lost love and the low periods in an individual’s life. Precisely speaking, rose essential oil has an uplifting effect on the mind and emotions.

The essential oil extracted from fresh rose petals through the solvent extraction process is highly beneficial natural oil for women. This oil not only facilitates in balancing their hormonal system but also helps in dealing with their emotional issues. Moreover, rose essential oil is a lavish ingredient in many perfumes, skin care products and massage oils as it adds the loaded fragrance of rose to these cosmetic products. Although surprising, use of rose essential oil helps to mend the wrecked capillaries, helps in treating susceptible and tender skin and is believed to be a fantastic tonic for the mature skin. Topical application of rose essential oil onto the skin makes it appear healthy and youthful.

As mentioned earlier, rose essential oil possesses numerous therapeutic properties. Some of them are mentioned briefly below and may be of use to you.

  • Rose essential oil helps to augment an individual’s self-respect, optimism, self-belief, mental strength as well as facilitates combating depression effectively. In fact, this natural oil has been found to be very effective to treat melancholy or hopelessness among people enduring depression owing to some reason or the other. In addition, rose essential oil is also useful in alleviating nervous anxiety. Since rose oil is a potent anti-depressant, it may be given to patients suffering from severe depression and going through psychoanalysis. Administering regular doses of rose essential oil will help in bringing back hope and optimism to their life. In aromatherapy, rose oil is extensively used to raise constructive thoughts, spiritualism as well as feelings of bliss, cheerfulness, and optimism.
  • Use of the essential oil distilled from the fresh petals of a rose is also effective in providing relief from respiratory tract spasms, seizures in the intestines as well as muscular contractions in the limbs. Rose essential oil also facilitates curing convulsions, cramps, muscle pulls as well as spasmodic cholera, which is said to be a result of spasms.
  • Administering rose essential oil helps to comfort and soothe patients running a high fever. In such conditions, essential oil distilled from fresh rose petals acts as a sedative that calms inflammation caused by fever. In addition to calming down patients suffering from fever, rose essential oil is also useful in other inflammatory conditions that may be caused by microbial contagions, indigestion, consuming toxic substances, dehydration, and others.
  • Rose essential oil also possesses astringent properties which are great benefit for our overall health. The astringent property of this natural oil helps to fortify the gums, hair roots, tone up as well as enliven the skin, tighten the muscles, intestines and blood vessels. These actions of rose essential oil provide protection from the premature fall of tooth and hair, untimely wrinkles, lack of firmness of the intestines and muscles in the abdominal region and the limbs that may be related to advancing age. In particular, use of rose oil also aids in stopping the flow of blood from wounds and cuts since its astringent property helps to contract the blood vessels. In addition, owing to its astringent property, rose essential oil is also effective in treating specific types of diarrhea.
  • Rose essential oil is often considered to be the utmost aromatic and possibly a magnificent manner to heal your injuries and also protect them from turning out to be septic or catching any infection.
  • Apart from possessing effective anti-viral properties, rose essential oil is also considered to be an excellent bactericide. Hence, this natural oil is widely used to treat ailments, such as cholera, diarrhea, food poisoning, typhoid and other diseases that are caused by bacterial infections. In addition, the essential oil of rose is also effective in curing internal contagions caused by bacteria as in the case of the stomach, colon, intestines and the urinary tract. At the same time, this oil is equally effective in treating external bacterial infections of the eyes, ears, skin, and wounds.
  • Use of rose essential oil helps to enhance the flow of bile from the gall bladder and, at the same time, control the intensity of acids in the stomach and bloodstream. By regulating the acid levels in the stomach and the bloodstream, rose oil helps in protecting one from conditions like acidosis and acidity. In addition, augmentation in the secretion of bile facilitates digestion of ingested foods along with the acids exuded in the stomach.
  • Besides the uses of rose oil mentioned above, it is also effective in treating a number of problems associated with females, such as tumors, uterine discharges, irregular menses, bleeding and others. In addition, rose essential oil also helps to disinfect the uterus and helps the organ to function properly even during advanced ages. Most importantly, regular use of rose essential oil by women may also help to delay the onset of menopause.
  • It is important to note that it is almost impossible to get protection from different viruses or get oneself vaccinated against all the pathogens. This is primarily owing to the fact that majority of these pathogens, especially viruses, camouflage them each time they return and result in various ailments by hoodwinking our immune system. The viruses that cause cold and influenza are ideal examples of this vicious cycle. Hence, people often wonder what measures they ought to initiate in order to avoid these microbes and keep them in the pink of health. In such cases, it is best to use an anti-viral that acts as a protection against all types of viruses that may attack our system. The rose essential oil is one such effective anti-viral that provides a safeguard against different types of viral infections.
  • Rose essential oil also possesses stomachic properties, which means that it facilitates digestion of ingested foods in the stomach. In addition, use of rose oil also helps to alleviate stomach problems, calm down stomach inflammations, helps the stomach to function properly and also protect it from various infections. Moreover, this natural oil is effective in protecting the stomach from getting ulcers that usually occur as a result of the surplus production of acids and their subsequent release into the stomach.
  • The attribute of rose essential oil to heal wounds (also known as cicatrizant property) may be of immense interest to people who are very cautious and concerned regarding their looks. In fact, the cicatrizant property of rose essential oil is effective in erasing the scars caused by wounds or marks left behind by chicken pox, acne, and boils from the skin surface. This attribute of rose oil is also helpful in removing stretch marks as well as scratches caused during surgery, fat cracks that are usually related to pregnancy and childbirth.
  • The essential oil extracted from the rose petals also functions as a tonic or stimulant for the nerves. In fact, rose oil provides them with potency to endure shocks and, at the same time, safeguards them from several disorders owing to advanced age, injuries and other aspects.
  • The essential oil of rose also sanitizes the blood by facilitating the blood to get rid of toxic substances by neutralizing some of them. When the blood is disinfected and made toxin free, people are naturally protected from botheration, such as ulcers, boils, skin diseases, rashes and other problems.
  • The hepatic property of rose essential oil helps in maintaining the proper health and functioning of the liver. In other words, use of rose oil is very helpful for the liver. Rose essential oil not only helps to keep the liver robust but also ensures that it functions properly and is shielded from all infections. In addition, the hepatic property of rose oil also helps in treating problems, such as surplus secretion of bile and acids into the stomach, ulcers in the gastrointestinal system and others.
  • Rose essential oil is especially beneficial for women, as it helps to heal and alleviate several problems specific to them. For instance, use of rose oil encourages secretion of hormones, thereby, activating proper menstruations. This oil is especially useful for women who have been enduring hindered and/ or irregular menses. At the same time, rose essential oil also helps in providing relief from cramps, cures nausea, and fatigue and also diminishes pains generally associated with menstruation’s and menopause.
  • The hemostatic property of rose essential oil or its ability to stop bleeding may often be extremely helpful for people who have been suffering from hemorrhage (internal or external bleeding) following an injury or surgery. This characteristic of the essential oil distilled from the fresh rose petals expedites blood clotting or coagulation of blood on the surface of the wound and helps to stop the hemorrhage. This is a vital property of the oil since it can save the life of patients suffering from a hemorrhage.

GENERAL PROPERTIES

  • antidepressant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • aphrodisiac
  • laxative
  • rejuvenating
  • soothing
  • uplifting

BLENDS WELL WITH

  • chamomile
  • clary sage
  • geranium
  • jasmine
  • lavender
  • patchouli
  • sandalwood
  • ylang-ylang

GENERAL USES

  • abscess
  • aging skin
  • all skin disorders
  • anorexia
  • blood cleansing
  • broken capillaries
  • bulimia
  • coldness
  • comfort
  • constipation
  • coughing
  • depression
  • eczema
  • eye complaints
  • fever
  • frigidity
  • gall bladder
  • grief
  • headache
  • impotence
  • insomnia
  • jealousy
  • liver
  • menopause
  • migraines
  • mouth ulcers
  • nausea
  • nervous disposition
  • palpitations
  • premenstrual tension
  • respiratory problems
  • shingles
  • shock
  • sore throats
  • wrinkles

PRECAUTION

The essential oil extracted from fresh rose petal is one of the most expensive oils available in the market. Since, it is scarce, usually unscrupulous traders adulterate this natural oil by mixing it with other oils. Usually, geranium oil or geraniol is used to adulterate the essential oil extracted from fresh rose petals. Hence, while buying this essential oil you ought to be extra cautious that you are not being cheated. You ought to remember that adulterated rose oil does not possess any therapeutic property that is typical in the genuine rose essential oil.

At the same time, you ought to keep in mind that rose essential oil should never be used by pregnant women since it has emmenagogic (a medication that has the ability to stimulate menstrual discharge) properties. Moreover, this natural oil should not be used by cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. This oil is useful in alleviating headaches when used in gentle or diluted amounts. However, the effects can be reversed when rose essential oil is used in high concentrations for the same purpose.

Aromatherapy Sweet Orange

CITRUS SINENSIS

The sweet orange tree (botanical name Citrus sinensis) belongs to the Rutaceae family. This herb is also known by the name of Citrus aurantium var. dulcis. This is a very familiar evergreen tree having lesser spines compared to the Seville orange or the bitter orange tree. Sweet orange is a small tree, akin to a shrub, and has a grayish-brown bark and the tree is not as hardy as the Seville orange tree. The branches of this tree spread out into a somewhat regular hemisphere. The sweet orange tree bears evergreen leaves that are oval shaped and grows alternately to a length of three to four inches. On the upper side, the leaves are green and glossy, while pale in the reverse side. The flowers of this species are potently aromatic, while the sweet orange fruit is almost earth-shaped, somewhat rougher and darker compared to the common varieties of citrus. According to ancient records, the fruit was first mentioned in the writings of Arabs. Aromatic, the volatile oil is extracted from the peels of the sweet orange oil, which is also known as the Oil of Portugal.

Sweet orange essential oil is among the various citrus oils that have several therapeutic properties and, hence, is used extensively in aromatherapy. Use of this natural oil not only cures several ailments and disorders, but it also possesses the invigorating features of solar energy which infuse into our body and the nervous system. This natural oil extracted from the peel of the sweet orange fruit also enhances the clarity of the mind and emotional balance. In fact, sweet orange essential oil is especially beneficial during the harsh winter months. Use of sweet orange essential oil facilitates in sorting out as well as liberating our deep emotional concerns. Unlike many other essential oils, the oil of sweet orange is very inexpensive and one can afford to use it generously in the home. In effect, use of this oil brings in a relaxing and soothing effect on the nerves and, thereby, helps one to have a sound sleep.

The distillate of the sweet orange is obtained from a tree which is said to be native to China. However, the species has been introduced to various other regions of the world and is now cultivated commercially in the Mediterranean region, France, the North and South America and Portugal. Sweet orange essential oil is highly uplifting and its use helps to give a feeling of being alert and cheerful, while remaining relaxed. Sweet orange oil also soothes the nerves and the digestive system and alleviates stiffness from throbbing and tense muscles when a blend of this oil is massaged on the affected areas. In addition, the oil of sweet orange also helps to purify the blood, thereby, detoxifying the system and renewing the skin. This attribute of the oil helps one to maintain his or her youthful appearance.

It may be noted here that sweet orange essential oil is perhaps among the most extensively used citrus essential oils. This oil is obtained from an assortment of orange trees that are actually much smaller and less tough compared to the bitter orange tree. Sweet orange essential oil is obtained from the peel of the orange fruit by a process known as cold compression. Alternately, sweet orange essential oil may also be extracted through distillation of the fruit peels. However, sweet orange essential oil obtained by distillation is more prone to oxidation quickly compared to the oil that is extracted by the cold compression process.

Sweet orange essential oil has a variety of uses in aromatherapy. For instance, this natural oil is used to cure oily skin, constipation, bronchitis, colds, flu, insomnia and stress. Some of the therapeutic properties of sweet orange oil and the essential oil extracted from the aromatic blossoms of the bitter orange tree are common. In addition, sweet orange essential oil and orange blossom essential oil also share a number of common properties.

The essential oil obtained by cold compressing the peels of the orange fruit is known to be vivid and glowing oil that brings in pleasure and warmness to the mind, facilitating people to relax and sleep. This oil is especially beneficial for children as it helps to induce sleep among them at night. Sweet orange oil is highly effective in strengthening the immune system. At the same time, it helps to cure and combat colds and flu as well as get rid of toxic substances from the body.

Sweet orange oil possesses diuretic properties and is, therefore, helpful in balancing the water retention of the body as well as in regulating obesity. This oil has the aptitude to invigorate the lymph, which, in turn, facilitates in balancing the water processes, and detoxification of the body. In addition, sweet orange essential oil promotes the immune system and ensures the overall well-being of people who use it on a regular basis.

This essential oil is also stomich, which denotes that it is good for everything concerning the stomach. As far as the digestive system is concerned, sweet orange essential oil is effective in treating constipation and dyspepsia {indigestion}. In addition, this natural citrus oil also helps in alleviating nervousness, anxiety and stress.

In addition to the therapeutic properties of sweet orange oil and its importance in aromatherapy, this citrus oil also has numerous industrial as well as domestic utilities. Below is a brief discussion on some of the industrial and domestic uses of sweet orange essential oil that may be of use and interest to you.

  • Sweet orange essential oil is used in a variety of foods to add essence. It may be added to foodstuffs, such as chocolates, biscuits, beverages, desserts, sweets as well as bakery items or confectioneries. The industrial uses of sweet orange essential oil include its addition in the manufacture of body lotions, soaps, face creams, deodorants, room sprays or air fresheners.
  • D-limonene is an important element or chemical found in sweet orange essential oil and it is known to be a highly effective insect repellent. You may spray this oil or wipe it on places from where insects may be invading your home – for instance, cracks around the doors and windows and you will be surprised to see that your house if free from all types of insect intrusion. In addition, you may also use this essential oil in your pantry with a view to ward off moths, ants, and worms. Using sweet orange essential oil for this purpose instead of any chemical substance that is loaded with toxins, is safe.

SWEET ORANGE

In aromatherapy, sweet orange essential oil is generally used as an anti-viral oil to facilitate in avoiding the spread of viruses. It may be noted that sweet orange oil has very high vitamin C content. In addition, it also possesses sufficient antioxidants. These two features of this inexpensive citrus oil make it a product that is in high demand in the cosmetics industry. Inhaling sweet orange essential oil works as a tranquilizer and helps to sedate the nervous system, thereby, providing relief from several nervous problems. Unadulterated sweet orange essential oil is beneficial for treating infections and it also acts as a general tonic when it is inhaled or applied externally. Like in the case of many other citrus oils, sweet orange oil is used by aromatherapists to help to get rid of toxic substances from the body. In addition, unadulterated sweet orange essential oil is held in high esteem because it possesses depurative (purifying or sanitizing), diuretic and antispasmodic characteristics. In fact, this citrus essential oil obtained by cold compression of the peels of sweet orange fruit is extensively used in different formulations and blends since the aroma of this oil is highly gratifying to most people. As aforementioned, sweet orange essential oil possesses tranquilizing properties which aid in the preparation of remedies that help to induce sleep by sedating the mind. This essential oil has a calming effect in blends meant for promoting relaxation and, at the same time, this oil possesses uplifting or inspiring properties when used in creative blends.

Before winding up the topic, it may be mentioned once again that while sweet orange oil is extracted from the peel of the orange tree by the cold processing method, other “orange or citrus” essential oils are obtained from the Seville orange or bitter orange tree. For instance, petitgrain essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the bitter orange tree, while neroli essential oil is obtained by distilling the aromatic blossoms of the Seville orange tree. Similarly, bergamot essential oil is obtained by pressing the peels of the bitter orange fruits.

Sweet orange essential oil possesses a citrus-like and cheerful aroma that is extremely helpful in uplifting or inspiring the emotions as well as the mind. While this citrus oil is somewhat stimulating, in general, use of sweet orange essential oil produces a calming effect and, hence, can be used as an anti-depressant. This essential oil obtained by cold processing the peels of the sweet orange fruit is considered to possess cheering, warming, and soothing properties. These properties of this citrus oil are believed to help in balancing the nervous system as well as our emotions. In effect, in aromatherapy, it is advisable to blend the different citrus or orange essential oils to treat some conditions, especially mental tension and nervousness.

Sweet orange essential oil easily blends with several other oils creating a wonderful and effective amalgamation having a sweet citrus tone. This essential oil especially blends well with spice oils like clove. The blend of sweet orange essential oil and clove oil is very alluring and effective during the cooler months as it provides pleasant warmth to the body and the mind. In addition, this citrus oil also mixes wonderfully with other essential oils, such as lavender and frankincense. When blended with lavender, sweet orange essential oil offers a pleasant and relaxing fragrance, while its mixture with frankincense essential oil has a slight citrus tone.

Sweet orange oil is not only one of the most common essential oils but has also been used traditionally to treat and provide protection from several ailments and disorders. Traditionally, this citrus oil has been used to pacify palpitations, for skin care applying it topically in very little measures and also for treating bronchitis by using the oil in steam inhalers. Many people also promote sweet orange essential oil as a remedy for tumors, to cure inflammation as well as an anticoagulant that may help in perking up the blood circulation throughout the body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), dried out peels of the sweet orange are used to cure colds, coughs, malignant breast sores as well as anorexia (loss of appetite and incapability to eat).

GENERAL PROPERTIES:

  • antispasmodic
  • digestive
  • immune system
  • sedative
  • stomach

BLENDS WELL WITH:

  • bergamot
  • cedarwood
  • geranium
  • ginger
  • jasmine
  • lemon
  • sandalwood
  • ylang-ylang

GENERAL USES:

  • bronchitis
  • colds
  • colic
  • constipation
  • depression
  • edema
  • fatigue
  • gingivitis
  • insomnia
  • menopause
  • motion sickness
  • mouth ulcers
  • palpitations
  • premenstrual tension
  • stress

PRECAUTION:

Sweet orange essential oil extracted by distilling the peel of the sweet orange tree should be used for therapeutic purposes with caution and only after consulting a medical professional familiar with the use of essential oils. When applying this oil topically on the skin, one should refrain from exposure to sunlight since a few varieties of this natural oil may result in making the skin photosensitive. As in the case of any other genuine essential oils, ensure that children do not have access to sweet orange essential oil and use it on their own. Often allowing children to use pure essential oils may prove to be detrimental to their health simply owing to the fact that they may become over enthusiastic and use these oils in excessive amounts. Remember, when you are using any essential oil in its pure form, the lesser used is better for health.

Both sweet orange essential oil and bitter orange essential oil contains a chemical substance known as limonene and it may result in dermatitis (skin inflammation) in some people having sensitive skin. It may be noted that in aromatherapy, the essential oil of Mandarin (botanical name Citrus reticulata) is also frequently referred to as the ‘orange oil’.

If you are using sweet orange essential oil for therapeutic purposes, never use it in high concentrations. Instead, always dilute it by adding suitable carrier oil or a lotion base before you apply the natural oil on your skin. This essential oil may result in different reactions in different people using it and in specific situations/ conditions. Hence, it needs to be reiterated that you should consult a professional and competent medical practitioner or someone who is familiar with the use of essential oils before using the sweet orange oil in aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy Jasmine Absolute

JASMINUM OFFICINALE

Jasmine has derived its name from the Old French word Jasmine that is again derived from the Persian word ‘yasmin’ literally meaning “gift from God”. This plant belongs to the genus of shrubs and vines belonging to the olive family (Oleaceae). This genus comprises approximately 200 species that are native to tropical as well as warm temperate regions of the world. Most species of this genus grow as climbers on other plants or are put on the chicken wire, trellis gates or fences in the gardens. At times, plants of this species are also made to climb through shrubs. The jasmine leaves may be of evergreen or deciduous nature. Jasmine plants are grown extensively for their aromatic flowers. The flowers are delicate and open only during the evening and are picked in the morning when the tiny petals are closed tightly. The jasmine petals usually remain open between six and eight during evenings when the temperature comes down.

Jasmine plants are vine-like and often climb up to a height of 12 feet or 3.6 meters and its flowers exude a divine aroma that conveys their presence to everyone who is nearby. The highly sweet fragrant blossoms of the species have been highly valued by various cultures across the globe for several centuries. In fact, it is said that the ancient Egyptian queen was so enticed by the scent of jasmine that she used it regularly on her hair. In Indonesia, a species of jasmine – Jasminum sambac – is the national flower, which is also widely used by the locals in wedding ceremonies. Similarly, Pakistan’s national flower is Jasmine Officinale. Jasmine flowers are also used in religious ceremonies in the Philippines, people use garlands made of jasmine (locally called ‘sampaguita’) to adorn images of Gods and Goddesses. It is also regarded as a sacred flower by the Hindus, who offer Hemapushpika (Jasmine humble) to Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha.

jasmine-770x513The plant produces small deep green leaves that grow opposite to each other and comprise seven leaflets. Jasmine blooms are small but extremely aromatic. They usually blossom during the period between early summer and early autumn filling the atmosphere with their aromatic scent. Apart from the different uses of jasmine mentioned above, this aromatic flower also possesses therapeutic properties and, hence, the essential oil is extracted from it is widely used in aromatherapy. Jasmine essential oil is obtained from Jasminum Grandiflorum (synonym Officinale). This species is also known by other names – Jasmin, common Jasmine, and Jessamine.

The profound, sweet and flowery aroma of jasmine essential oil is attributed to the white flowers having the appearance of a star that grows robustly. Jasmine essential oil is very expensive and this can be gauged from the fact that as many as 8,000 flowers yield just one gram of the oil. Normally, the flowers are picked in the early morning, but if they are plucked during the night, they possess more potent aroma. Jasmine essential oil is obtained by steam distilling the flowers that are required in massive amounts just to produce one ounce of this valuable oil.

In fact, jasmine essential oil is said to be among the most expensive essential oils available anywhere. The numerous benefits offered by jasmine essential oil helps it to earn a place among the ‘should haves’. This essential oil is unusual, has an aesthetic effect, can easily combine with any other essential oil, is effectual for treating conditions like depressions, and also possesses aphrodisiac, sedative as well as antiseptic properties. Using only a few drops of this favorite oil has the aptitude to perform wonders when it is blended with any other essential oil.

The therapeutic properties possessed by jasmine essential oil make it an excellent remedy for skin care, particularly for the dehydrated, irritated or susceptible skin. In addition, external application of jasmine essential oil also helps in alleviating coughs, muscular spasms, hoarseness, stress or tension-related conditions and uterine problems. This oil also has various industrial uses and is extensively used in the manufacture of perfumes, cosmetics, soaps, and toiletries.

As aforementioned, besides possessing a potent, sweet, floral aroma, jasmine essential oil also has several therapeutic properties and is widely used as an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and sedative agent. Jasmine essential oil can be easily blended with any other essential oil, including geranium essential oil, lemon balm essential oil, frankincense essential oil, bergamot essential oil, sandalwood essential oil, clary sage essential oil and rosewood essential oil. When jasmine essential oil is blended with any of the above mentioned essential oils it offers several different ways to encourage the natural manner of healing by the body.

Since very high-quality petals of the flower are required to prepare jasmine essential oil, this oil is rare to be found and always in high demand. In fact, during ancient times, the essential oil extracted from the aromatic jasmine flowers was valued highly. This was primarily owing to the fact that people considered this oil to possess aphrodisiac properties or the attribute to stimulate sexual craving. People of various cultures used jasmine essential oil in various ceremonies owing to this particular attribute of the oil. While people in China used jasmine essential oil in the hospitals and sick rooms with a view to clear the air of pollutants and make the atmosphere fragrant, the ancient Egyptians used this oil to provide relief from problems related to the nerves, headaches and also insomnia. Even to this day, the Chinese value the therapeutic properties of the herb and regularly drink an herbal tea prepared from jasmine flowers. In Indonesia, people use the aromatic jasmine flowers to add essence to their food.

The aroma of jasmine is potently sweet and floral and, hence, it is a favorite with almost everyone. The fragrance of this flower as well as the essential oil extracted from it is profound, charming, flowery and very rich. Similar to rose, genuine jasmine cannot be compared with any of the artificial fragrances that are found in abundance on the shelves of shops.

Although jasmine essential oil possesses numerous therapeutic properties, it is more popular for its aphrodisiac attributes. While not much scientific evidence is there to validate this attribute of jasmine essential oil, this does not prevent people in many parts of the world from using the oil to stimulate sexual activities as well as believe that it promotes fertility. For instance, people in Thailand sprinkle the flowers on the bed of the newly married, while aromatherapists even in the United States prescribe jasmine essential oil for treating a number of sexual disorders, including inhibition.

For several years now, jasmine essential oil has been regarded as effectual natural oil especially meant for women. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC) as well as the ancient Indian medical practice is known as Ayurveda, this oil is used extensively for various purposes. Since jasmine essential oil is known to be effective in balancing the hormones in one’s system, it can be used as massage oil. Especially, massaging jasmine essential oil on the abdomen during childbirth helps to ease the pains related to labor.

Besides the properties discussed above, jasmine essential oil is also considered to be a natural antidepressant. Aroma- therapists are of the view that this oil is especially useful for people enduring symptoms of lethargy and exhaustion. They are of the opinion that jasmine essential oil functions partially to reduce apprehension and also open up new emotional pathways.

Among the various essential oils, jasmine essential oil is one of the best natural oils that is very subtle, rich and having a beautiful flowery fragrance. These attributes of the oil make it an important and precious element for several cosmetic products. In fact, jasmine essential oil is among the oldest known natural oils that have widespread use in botanical fragrances. During the Middle Ages, this aromatic flower was primarily cultivated in China, northern regions of India and also in North Africa. Jasmine essential oil was first introduced in Europe during the 17th century.

As mentioned earlier, the word ‘Jasmine’ has its origin in the Persian language. Even people in ancient Asia used the branches of jasmine plants bearing beautiful white flowers during their several rituals and ceremonies. In the early days, jasmine blossoms were used in China, Egypt, Morocco and the Osman Empire to prepare aromatic tea, while the jasmine essential oil was basically cherished for its outstanding aphrodisiac attributes. In addition, jasmine essential oil is particularly useful for women since it provides relief from menstrual pains and cramps as well as helps to maintain the hormonal balance.

It may be mentioned here that jasmine essential oil is known to offer several emotional and physical benefits. In aromatherapy, jasmine essential oil is said to be a potent tranquilizer as well as a relaxant that induces warmth and promotes sound sleep. This oil is especially useful for those suffering from nervous anxiety, depression and insomnia. Jasmine essential oil is among the most common natural oils that are used for meditation. This oil not only encourages the feeling of harmony and hopefulness, but its use also brings joy, contentment, cheerfulness and other similar feelings. Jasmine essential oil also possesses inspiring as well as antidepressant properties and is, therefore, very helpful for people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome, low spirit, mood swings or changing moods and similar conditions.

Jasmine essential oil is regarded as base natural oil that combines easily and extremely well with other essential oils. In fact, the attitude of jasmine essential oil to support any synergistic combination makes it extremely rare as well as unique in aromatherapy. In fact, jasmine essential oil especially blends well with sandalwood essential oil, sweet orange essential oil and vetiver essential oil.

In the present day aromatherapy, jasmine essential oil is highly expensive, but it is worth the money spent for skin care. When applied on the skin, jasmine essential oil stimulates cellular growth as well as enhances the elasticity or suppleness of the skin. Herbalists frequently prescribe jasmine essential oil for treating minor to moderate burns cases. In addition, massaging jasmine essential oil also alleviates sprains and muscle spasms.

GENERAL PROPERTIES

  • antidepressant
  • aphrodisiac
  • soothing
  • uplifting

BLENDS WELL WITH

Any essential oil but especially with:

  • bergamot
  • clary sage
  • geranium
  • rose
  • sandalwood
  • ylang-ylang

GENERAL USES

  • anorexia and bulimia
  • apathy
  • childbirth
  • depression
  • dry sensitive skin
  • frigidity
  • impotence
  • increases breast milk
  • lack of confidence
  • menopause
  • oversensitivity

PRECAUTION

Notwithstanding its therapeutic properties, one must always remember that the essential oil extracted from jasmine flowers should never be used internally or consumed. In addition, pregnant women should not use it in the initial four months of pregnancy. However, massaging this oil during childbirth helps to ease pains during labor.

Aromatherapy: The Sweet Smell of Pain Relief

Lavender essential oil has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory chemicals; it can soothe the soul and alleviate pain.
Ever thought of using your nose to help ease your pain?
Volatiles in essential oils can easily enter your body via your olfactory system and adjust brain electrical activity to alter your perception of pain.
Clinical aromatherapists commonly use lavender, peppermint, chamomile, and damask rose for pain relief and relaxation.
A report from Nursing Clinics of North America says that massage with lavender relieves pain and enhances the effect of orthodox pain medication. Lavender and chamomile oils are gentle enough to be used with children and, in blends, have relieved children’s pain from HIV, encephalopathy-induced muscle spasm, and nerve pain. Both oils contain anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic chemicals, and exert sedative, calming action.
Rose essential oil contains pain-reducing eugenol, cinnamaldehyde, and geraniol; but the report’s author suggests it may also alter the perception of pain because it embodies the soothing aromas of the garden.

Aromatherapy Lavender

LAVANDULA OFFICINALIS Lavenders belong to a genus of as many as 39 species of blossoming plants in the mint family (Lamiaceae). It is generally believed that this genus is native to Asia, but over the centuries, it has been introduced in several regions, including the Mediterranean, Africa, Arabia, India and Western Iran. Lavenders include a […]