by Alison Angold CIDESCO ITEC
Jasmine has such a distinctive aroma – a highly floral, sultry smell – and such a great many uses. Jasmine blends together with so many other different essential oils.
Jasmine essential oil blends well with;
- Clary sage
Jasmine has an intense, sweet, floral fragrance, so only a small amount of Jasmine is needed when blending with other oils.
The best jasmine essential oil blends
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Jasmine essential oil blends for skin
Dry & mature skin blends
Both of these oils are very effective at encouraging cell renewal, so bringing fresh cells to the skin surface, while the avocado oil adds essential vitamins and fatty acid benefits.
Another effective blend for dry or mature skin, the rose not only helps to refresh and renew the skin, but also reduces any redness or inflammations on the skin. The rosehip carrier oil, adds in extra nourishing properties as it packed with essential fatty acids and vitamins, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Inflamed mature skin blend
Often mature skin may become more sensitive, inflamed or irritated. The addition of bergamot in this blend, will aid in reducing inflammation and soothe any irritation. Plus the light citrusy scent of bergamot smells divine against the floral aroma of jasmine!
Blend for scars and stretch marks
All of these oils, are good for cell regenerating thus promoting healing on scars, and helping to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Uplifting oil blend for depression
A wonderfully fragrant blend, that will help lift the symptoms of depression and warm the emotions.
Uplifting oil blend for self-confidence
Jasmine blend for anxiety
- 50ml Sweet Almond oil
- 5 drops Jasmine
- 5 drops Mandarin
- 5 drops Petitgrain
Jasmine blend for hormone balance
- 20ml Evening primrose oil
- 4 drops Jasmine
- 4 drops Chamomile
- 2 drops Clary sage
- 2 drops Geranium
Jasmine blend for muscle aches
- 50ml Sweet Almond oil
- 5 drops Jasmine
- 5 drops Sandalwood
- 5 drops Orange
Jasmine Diffuser blends
Jasmine, Bergamot & Cedarwood – a good blend for coughs, colds and respiratory issues
Jasmine, Lavender & Marjoram – ease congestion in the respiratory tract
Jasmine, Orange & Lemon – uplifting and happy oil blend
Jasmine, Cedarwood & Lemon – a fragrant ‘cologne’ aroma, calming and uplifting
Jasmine, Peppermint & Lavender – uplifting, refreshing & vibrant
A wonderful set of essential oils can be purchased here
What is jasmine essential oil
Jasmine essential oil is the pure oil that is extracted from the flowers of this exotic climbing plant. It is native to South Western Asia and Northern India however is now cultivated in many European countries.
Jasmine has a very sweet, distinctive floral odour, that, in small quantities is delicious, however if over used, can be quite heady and overpowering. Due to its floral fragrance, it is widely used in skincare preparations and forms the base of many perfumes.
Its botanical name is Jasminum Officinale or Jasmine Grandiflorum, and within it’s history has long been used in association love and has been used as an aphrodisiac.
It is worth noting that among all the wonderful benefits of Jasmine essential oil, it is classed as an emmenagogue, which means that it stimulates uterine contractions, so should not be used in pregnancy, but can be useful during labour. (See below for more details).
The downside is that is 100% pure Jasmine essential oil, is expensive. This is because it takes thousands of jasmine petals to make just 1 ml of essential oil. Most essential oils will cost around £10-£15 for 10 ml, buy expect to pay more for Jasmine – and you should – if you want to reap the therapeutic properties. If you find a cheap Jasmine oil, then this may be sufficient for diffusing and inhaling, however, it won’t give you the benefits for topical application as it will be likely to be adulterated in some way – or to be more specific – not pure.
What are the benefits of jasmine oil?
Jasmine essential oil has many benefits. Each essential oil has a variety of properties or therapeutic actions. The properties of Jasmine essential oil are;
- Anti-spasmodic – calms and slows muscle spasms
- Antidepressant – relieves the symptoms of depression
- Expectorant – helps remove mucus from the lungs
- Relaxing – has a general relaxing effect
- Sedative – calms the nervous system
- Tonic – invigorates and gives strength to the body
- Uplifting – helps lifts the emotions
- Warming – produces feelings of warmth to an area
Jasmine for the skin
Jasmine essential oil is a wonderful oil for the skin! Especially for dry and mature skin. The oil encourages cell renewal, which means the new, fresh skin cells in the lower layer of the skin, are stimulated to come to the surface, resulting in fresher, brighter, more hydrated skin.
Lines and wrinkles will appear less, and be improved, due to these fresher cells migrating to the surface.
Jasmine can also improve the skins elasticity, so beneficial for maintaining a more youthful appearance and retaining firmer skin.
In addition to all these wonderful anti-aging benefits, Jasmine is also soothing on dry, sensitive skin.
Scars and stretch marks will also benefit, due to this improvement in cell renewal. Scars and stretch marks both show that there has been trauma to the skin, either by way of an incision in the skin or that the skin has stretched. As jasmine is stimulating the skin cells to multiply and migrate to the surface, the scar and stretch marks will heal more effectively.
(Please note; stretch marks are common during pregnancy, however Jasmine is not advised during pregnancy as it can stimulate labour – use after delivery for stretch marks)
Jasmine for anxiety & depression
Jasmine works so well for the nervous system. Its properties are both relaxing and sedating as well as uplifting, so a good all round oil to ease the symptoms of either anxiety or depression.
Jasmine can improve self-confidence and promote positive emotions and optimism, so can turn around the feelings of depression or low mood. It can also calm the nerves so releases tension, and eases stress and anxiety.
Jasmine for hormones
Jasmine is an effective oil for balancing hormones as it works closely with both the reproductive and the endocrine systems. It can be an effective soother for symptoms of Pre-menstrual tension, and help balance hormones during menopause.
It can be used to ease the pain and help during labour, so for this reason it should not be used during pregnancy – only during delivery. (See below for more details)
Jasmine for respiratory disorders
The aroma of jasmine can be useful for easing the symptoms of coughs and colds and other respiratory disorders, as it works as an expectorant. This means that it helps to fluidify the mucus on the lungs, thus helping it to be removed.
It can also help to ease and remove congestion in the nasal passages so can give relief from coughs and colds.
What are the precautions of jasmine essential oil?
While jasmine has lots of good benefits, there are as couple of precautions to be aware of.
The main precaution is that Jasmine should not be used during pregnancy. The oil is considered an emmenagogue, which means that it can stimulate menstruation, which obviously we don’t want to do during pregnancy. However, jasmine has been used during labour, to ease pain and strengthen uterine contractions, which can be useful for an easier delivery.
Otherwise Jasmine is generally non toxic and non-irritating, however a patch test or caution should be taken if you have hyper sensitive skin.
Finally, while jasmine has a lovely, floral aroma, I would suggest using in moderation, as the scent can be overpowering.
Jasmine essential oil products
Blending your own tailor made essential oil products, is easy and fun, however check out some of these delicious Jasmine based products. E’spa is one of my favourite skin and body care products, with the base of their ingredients being essential oils.