THE SECRETS OF JASMINE: CHEMICAL FOCUS

2 Posted by - October 22, 2016 - Oil Science

Jasmine essential oil, which is identified by its strong sweet scent that is common in plants that bloom only at night, is comprised of more than 100 constituents. Benzyl benzoate and alpha terpineol are two of the constituents that play a significant role in the oil’s numerous health and beauty benefits. Here’s a quick look at just a few of the benefits jasmine essential oil has to offer.

 

Benzyl Benzoate

Benzyl benzoate has well established antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, and germicidal properties, which make it ideal for helping speed up the healing of cuts, scratches, and sores, as well as outbreaks of acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema, although researchers are still working to determine exactly how it does this [1]. These same properties make jasmine essential oil effective at reducing the appearance of scars and helping to improve immunity.

 

Alpha terpineol

Jasmine essential oil has been shown to ease and facilitate the birthing process, primarily by helping to reduce intense labor pains, which is due to the combination of alpha terpineol and other constituents [2]. There is also evidence that it is able to strengthen contractions, which can shorten the amount of time it takes to deliver a baby and even potentially decrease the need for a C-section [3].

In addition, it has been used for centuries to help increase the secretion of milk through the breasts in nursing mothers and balance hormone levels, although there is minimal information available regarding how it does this.

Thanks to its numerous health and beauty benefits, jasmine essential oil is frequently used in aromatherapy.


[1] http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/jasmine-absolute-oil.aspx

[2] https://draxe.com/jasmine-oil/

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4280734/

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