Jasmine or common jasmine originally grows in the Caucasus, northern Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Himalayas and western China. It is a popular garden plant because it has pleasantly scented flowers. The flowers of the jasmine are edible. This evergreen climbing plant grows well in the maritime climate of Western Europe, including Belgium and the Netherlands. Jasmine produces an essential oil that can rightly be called the king of oils because it spreads an unparalleled delicious aroma. It makes sense that it is a medicine in aromatherapy. Jasmine is also a valued medicine in phytotherapy. It is used, among other things, as an aphrodisiac and as a means to increase breast milk production.
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Botanical drawing jasmine / Source: Botanical Magazine, Wikimedia Commons (Public domain)
- Jasmine essential oil
- Jasmine in folk medicine
- History of jasmine use
- Chameli Ka Tel, Indian sesame seed oil with jasmine aroma
- Active substances
- Jasmine as an aphrodisiac
- Jasmine for depression
Jasmine essential oil
Each jasmine flower contains a tiny amount of essential oil. Hundreds of flowers together make a drop of oil. This makes jasmine oil the most expensive and exclusive oil products. Jasmine oil is used to prepare some dishes. This oil smells to most people’s perception with a wonderful aroma. It is used for depression and stress and some breathing difficulties. In addition, just smelling this oil can act as an aphrodisiac. It is used for all kinds of sexual problems such as frigidity.
Jasmine in folk medicine
In folk medicine, jasmine leaves were used as a painkiller. These leaves contain salicylic acid, which is also contained in aspirin. Some jasmine leaf juice was applied to the area. The folk medicine use is therefore not so strange. The
Jasmine seller in India / Source: PlaneMad, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)
leaves were also used for runny ear and corns. The root is used to combat ringworm, a contagious fungal skin disease. Edible flowers are used most often. The flowers have traditionally been used for their aphrodiasiac effect and their breast milk-promoting effect. In addition, the jasmine flower is an antibacterial medicine, used to treat cramps and is a tonic for the entire body.
In India people prefer to use necklaces of jasmine flowers rather than perfume.
History of jasmine use
Dioscorides, pioneer of medicine and herbal science from the first century AD, already knew the jasmine plant. He described how the Persians disinfected their homes with the scent of this oil while at the same time giving the living areas a pleasant scent. Buddhist monks in Benares used the leaves and root to prepare a remedy for burns. An infusion was made from the flowers to wash the eyes.
Chameli Ka Tel, Indian sesame seed oil with jasmine aroma
Jasmine is most commonly used in Ayurveda, traditional Indian medicine. In India people do not tend to use perfume, but prefer nice scented flowers, of which jasmine is one of them. In Ayurveda, a total of 100 kilos of jasmine flowers are infused into 40 kilos of sesame seeds. This process takes five days, during which the flowers and seeds are mixed every three hours every night. The scent of jasmine is absorbed into the sesame seeds in this way. An oil is then pressed from this sesame seed, which has a green color. A head and body massage is performed with this oil. This oil is called Chameli Ka Tel in India.
In phytotherapy, only the flower is used for its medicinal properties. It contains more than 100 active substances. Here are only the most important ones: essential oil with linalool, linalyl acetate, benzyl acetate and the ketone jasmone. The latter substance spreads the wonderful scent.
Jasmine as an aphrodisiac
Jasminum officinale / Source: CT Johansson, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)
Jasmine awakens the sex drive. If you want to seduce a loved one, you can evaporate four drops of jasmine essential oil using a ceramic evaporator in which a tea light can be placed. If the seduction plans do not work, at least your house will smell nice and the air will be free of bacteria. Women who suffer from frigidity and abstain from sexual intercourse would fall in love more quickly after inhaling the jasmine scent and be more inclined to lovemaking.
Jasmine is a safe remedy.
Jasmine for depression
Jasmine is said to dispel depression. Anyone who suffers from tension could find relaxation through the scent of jasmine oil. For this purpose, you can mix a few drops of jasmine essential oil with regular massage oil and then have a massage. Massaging is soothing in itself and in combination with jasmine oil the soothing effect can be enhanced.