The jasmine plant is a source of exotic fragrance in warmer climates. It is an important scent noted in perfumes, and also has herbal properties. The plants may be vines or bushes and some are evergreen. Most jasmine plants are found in tropical to sub-tropical climates, although a few may thrive in temperate zones. Protection from cold temperatures is one of the most important aspects of jasmine plant care. Growing jasmine vines can create a perfumed shield over arbours, trellises and fences. The bush types are excellent landscape specimens with starry pink, white, ivory or even yellow scented blooms.
Jasmine is rich in antioxidants that interact with gastrointestinal enzymes to facilitate better nutrient absorption and promote healthy bowel function. It also functions to promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut and has been found to eliminate harmful bacteria.
The antispasmodic qualities of Jasmine make it helpful to relieve indigestion, stomach cramps and soothe inflammation.
A recent study found that Jasmine flower extract was effective at inhibiting the growth of Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus cereus. These pathogenic bacteria are responsible for many gastrointestinal disorders, commonly known as “tummy bugs”, and can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. The results showed that the Jasmine extracts with a concentration of 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% had an effect to inhibit of the growth of the bacteria.
Conversely, Jasmine (consumed as a tea or used in essential oil form) has sedative effects on the nervous system, soothing and relaxing tense and jangled nerves. Like many herbs, it appears to have adaptogenic qualities that can either up-regulate or down-regulate the nervous system as required. The sedative compounds found in this herb have been found to promote peaceful sleep, help to induce sleep in insomniacs and regulate erratic or irregular sleep patterns.
Jasmine has long been known as an aphrodisiac and libido enhancer by ancient herbalists for as long as this flower has been utilised as a herbal remedy. Its exotic, heady scent not only lifts the spirits, it helps to dissolve emotional barriers and promote feelings of intimacy. Its anti-depressant qualities combined with its ability to relax the body make Jasmine an excellent oil to use to overcome sexual problems which are in the head, rather than direct physiological problems of the reproductive system.
Jasmine essential oil has a long history of use for gently nurturing women through each stage of their reproductive lives. With natural hormone balancing properties, it has been shown to improve symptoms of PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome), menopause, and act as an “emmenagogue” (a substance that stimulates or increases menstrual flow). The emmenagogue property of Jasmine oil regulates menstrual cycles and provides relief from painful periods.
This gentle essential oil can also help to ease childbirth (although it is NOT recommended for use in pregnancy as it can stimulate contractions). It has been found to strengthen contractions and lessen the time it takes to deliver a baby. Women who use Jasmine essential oil post-natally have experienced faster recovery times and a shorter post-natal period. Furthermore, the antidepressant qualities of this oil can be helpful in combating post-natal depression.
Jasmine Essential Oil
For centuries, Jasmine essential oil has been used to balance hormones, relieve stress and to uplift one’s mood. Thought to possess potent aphrodisiac qualities, the jasmine flower is often used to decorate the bridal suite of newlywed couples on the Indian sub-continent.
Jasmine oil exhibits sedative effects, popping a few drops in an essential oil burner in your bedroom will not only fill the room with its heady floral aroma, it will help you fall asleep and awaken feeling truly rested after a good night’s sleep.