Jasmine is a bush from which the flowers are either extracted by the labour-intensive method of effleurage (making it extremely expensive but a pure absolute great for aromatherapeutic use) or through chemical extraction. Jasmine essential oil is considered the King of oils with its rich long lasting aroma. The reason it is so expensive is because of the enormous amount of flowers needed to produce a small amount of oil. The flowers have to be gathered at night for the odour of jasmine is more powerful after dark. They are laid out on cotton cloths soaked in olive oil for several days, then extracted leaving the true Jasmine essence. Some of the countries of origin for Jasmine essential oil are India, Egypt, China and Morocco. Its chemical constituents include methyl anthranilate, indol, benzyl alcohol and linalol. Jasmine essential oil is known as a “woman’s oil” and as a uterine tonic it is good for menstrual pain and cramps. It has also proven very helpful in childbirth when used as a massage oil in the early stages of labour. It may also help with the delivery of the placenta after delivery and aid postnatal recovery. This essential oil has a reputation as an aphrodisiac, helping to relax and address sexual problems. On the emotional level, Jasmine essential oil is relaxing and emotionally warming, a powerful antidepressant of a stimulating nature, which is wonderful where lethargy or a lack of confidence has set in.
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