Medicinal plants

Jasmine

Jasmine

Belonging to the Oleaceae family, Jasmine is a shrubby or climbing plant that includes about 200 different species. Its name derives from the Persian word “Yasamin”, testifying to its oriental origins. Jasmine plants are grown and used for ornamental purposes and their characteristic are the flowers. They are small and, for some species, they are white and for others they are either yellow or pink. They are plants that have stems whose height varies between 4 and 6 meters, oval and green leaves and star-shaped flowers. The climbing varieties that are grown are widely used to embellish terraces, gardens and balconies. It must also be said that not everyone is aware of the fact that some feminine perfumes well known for their unmistakable fragrance are obtained from jasmine plants. Many of the perfumes are also used to perfume rooms or homes. Among the many existing varieties, the most cultivated and known is the common jasmine with white flowers. This variety is widely used especially in our countries also because, in Italy, it also grows as a spontaneous plant.

Property


Jasmine is rarely used in herbal medicine and homeopathy, more than anything else its uses concern aromatherapy and the cosmetics and perfume industries for women. Already known in ancient times by the Greeks and Romans, jasmine was used for the extraction of essential oils for their positive effects on sexual disorders. More than anything else it is a widespread belief among the Persians, or the first people who made use of this plant. Jasmine was also defined as the “flower of love” and was distributed during organized banquets. According to a legend, this flower is like a star fallen from the sky and managed by two stars considered female symbols: the Moon and Venus. Still according to tradition, jasmine brought out its perfume during the night hours, the same hours that were dedicated to affection, to love and sex. The properties of jasmine are linked more to the traditions and legends of antiquity rather than to something concrete and real. All these properties, beliefs and traditions are attributed, in particular, to a variety of jasmine, or to the Jasminun officinale which corresponds to the common jasmine.

Essential oil and effects

From Jasmine, cultivated for its essence and scent, essential oils are extracted from the petals of the flowers which preserve the essence in epidermal sacs placed on the inside of the flower. The essential oil obtained is made up of linalool, linalite acetate, phenylacetic acid, benzoyl acetate, farnesol and jasmone. These substances characterize the oils and are responsible for the fragrance emanating from jasmine flowers. In addition to having an aphrodisiac power, jasmine essential oil has the power to stimulate the psyche giving a sense of tranquility and well-being. In fact, this oil is recommended for those who suffer from ailments caused by anxiety attacks and depression. Although jasmine oil acts as a calming agent, it is able to strengthen the character making it more balanced, it stimulates the will and makes you more optimistic. Aromatic baths with this essence are excellent (a couple of drops in the tub full of water are enough) or it can be spread, massaging, on the wrists and décolleté. Furthermore, this oil has great rebalancing powers for the female reproductive system. One week before your period, if it is spread and massaged on the abdominals and lower back, it facilitates the flow of blood and helps to overcome the aches and pains caused by the period. It is also useful in the pre – cycle phase when tension and bad mood persist. on the wrists and décolleté. Furthermore, this oil has great rebalancing powers for the female reproductive system. One week before your period, if it is spread and massaged on the abdominals and lower back, it facilitates the flow of blood and helps to overcome the aches and pains caused by the period. It is also useful in the pre – cycle phase when tension and bad mood persist. on the wrists and décolleté. Furthermore, this oil has great rebalancing powers for the female reproductive system. One week before your period, if it is spread and massaged on the abdominals and lower back, it facilitates the flow of blood and helps to overcome the aches and pains caused by the period. It is also useful in the pre – cycle phase when tension and bad mood persist.

Other uses

Jasmine is also used against discomfort affecting the respiratory system and therefore against coughs, colds and phlegm. This plant is also used for homeopathic purposes, the substances obtained from the roots of the flowers act positively in case of migraine, insomnia, memory loss, motor paralysis and myasthenia. According to some studies, the power of jasmine is so strong that it removes envy and jealousy in people suffering from these problems and, in addition, it helps to take more responsibility and become aware of our actions and behaviors. In addition to being used for the preparation of perfumes, jasmine is an excellent aid for skin care. It tones the skin, smoothes wrinkles and prevents their formation, treats chapped hands and various types of redness. Many of the anti – aging and skin care creams are stretched with jasmine essential oils. In fact, it is said that it is always a good habit to add three drops of jasmine oil to common creams for aesthetic beauty. Jasmine essential oil must never be missing for those who want to experience perfect harmony between mind and body.

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