Described as “the king of flower oils”, and “the scent of angels”, jasmine is renowned as an aphrodisiac and is often used in love potions. It is a tall evergreen vine wit bright green coloured leaves and highly fragrant white star-shaped flowers. The flowers are harvested at night in order to obtain the most intense aroma. In India guests are often welcomed wit garlands of jasmine flowers. Jasmine is popular as a tea in China; and in Europe it is used medicinally. The plant is grown in many parts of the world, including the Middle East, North Africa, France, and Italy.
Applications and Effects
It has a strong, masculine scent and produces feelings of optimism, euphoria, and confidence.
- Skin: Helps dry skin, greasy skin, irritated skin, sensitive skin (but see precaution, below).
- Circulatory and muscular systems: Helps reduce muscular spasm, sprains.
- Respiratory system: Helps ease catarrh, coughs, laryngitis, hoarseness.
- Reproductive and excretory system: Helps ease PMS, painful periods; promotes labour and lactation.
- Nervous system: reduces depression, nervous exhaustion.
- Mental/emotional effects: This emotionally warming oil has the ability to unite the opposing factors within us. it is most useful at times when there is apathy, indifference, and coldness.