Jasmine oil is an essential oil derived from the white flowers of the common jasmine plant, also known as Jasminun officinale. The flower is believed to originate from Iran, but can now also be found in tropical climates.
For centuries, jasmine has been popular for its sweet, romantic fragrance and has been used in some of the world’s best-known perfumes, including Chanel No. 5. It’s also a common ingredient in alcohol, sweets, and desserts.
Jasmine oil and components of synthetic blends of jasmine essential oil have properties that offer a number of health benefits. Though it’s a popular home remedy used to treat everything from depression to infections, it’s best known as an aphrodisiac.
Jasmine oil benefits and uses
Jasmine oil is a popular home remedy believed to have a number of health benefits. While not all of the benefits have been scientifically proven, many have.
- Decreases menopause symptoms
How to use jasmine oil
There are a number of ways to use jasmine oil and other essential oil. How you use them depends on how the oil has been dispensed. Oils in their pure form are more potent and must be diluted.
Be sure to always use jasmine oil as directed on the packaging. Put 3 to 5 drops of the essential oil in an ounce of carrier oil such as sweet almond oil or warmed coconut oil.
Here are ways to use jasmine oil:
- in a diffuser
- inhaled directly from the bottle
- added to a bowl of hot water to create aromatic steam
- diluted in a carrier oil and added to a warm bath
- mixed with a carrier oil, such as almond oil, and applied topically or as a massage oil
Is jasmine oil safe?
Jasmine oil is generally considered safe and nonirritating, and reports of skin irritation are very rare. Like any plant, there is always the risk of an allergic reaction. Essential oils must be diluted in a carrier oil before applying to the skin. Essential oils are not meant to be ingested and some are toxic.
You should test new products by placing a small amount of diluted oil on a patch of skin on your forearm. If there’s no reaction in 24 hours, it should be safe to use.
If you are pregnant or nursing, or have a history of severe allergic reactions, speak to a doctor before using any essential oil.