Jasmine is a plant that has been in usage for thousands of years. Although the genus has over 300 species, their usage stays pretty much the same. Jasmine is used widely in aromatherapy and it is considered to be a plant with many different uses. In this article, we’ll try to explain the things behind aromatherapy that make it work; as well as provide you usage examples – why, when and how to use Jasmine aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy isn’t really an ancient science, contrary to how many think. Although leave extracts and oils have been used for centuries to either treat diseases or make psychological changes within the patient (especially in combination with massages), the truth is that the aromatherapy we know nowadays is in use for just about over a century. Aromatherapy is especially popular in Europe where most countries consider aromatherapy as a valid branch of medicine.
Aromatherapy works on various different levels, and the actual process is based on the ancient truth of Hippocrates: ‘We must heal the person, not the illness.’ Or simply put, aromatherapy works by healing the whole human body, relaxing the mind and also in purely external terms – it deals with personal hygiene and skin diseases. Thus, we can see that aromatherapy has a ground to prove its worth. But what about specific plants, how effective are they?
Some of the most used plants in aromatherapy of today are from the Jasminum gene. It can be (and is) used in a lot of various actions. The flowers of Jasminum sambac, for example, has been used in jasmine tea both by the Chinese and Japanese, but nowadays you can find jasmine tea in almost every herbal shop-but unless the tea is marked with containing the sambac genus (or ‘Arabian jasmine’), the chances are that the jasmine flowers are from a different sort of jasmine.
The Royal jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum) has been in use for thousands of years. It originated in India where it was used by an aphrodisiac; it was as well regarded as having a calming effect on the human mind. Nowadays the fragrance, extracts and essential oils of J. grandiflorum are used in aromatherapy. The therapists tell us that Royal jasmine flower fragrance indeed has a stimulating effect on the nervous system and enhances the senses. Jasmine symbolizes the fragile, yet powerful woman, thus the Royal jasmine fragrance is a much demanded product. This certain jasmine fragrance is said to be a supplement for women who experience depression or insomnia, as it has a rejuvenating effect on the body. While scientists have yet to discover the active chemical in jasmines, most of the aromatherapists agree that it indeed has a lot of value if used correctly. The tea also tastes good and has a stimulating effect.
The main problem that aromatherapy (and every other science that has been around for less than 200 years) has yet to counter is the lack of information and proper studies. Although people cured by aromatherapy are a common thing in France, that is not the case in the U.S. where many view aromatherapy as another routine fraud made up by ‘New Age gurus’, but if people start to think for themselves, I doubt that they would label aromatherapy as something useless. But for now, I’ll better leave the subject alone and apply some therapy to myself with some tea tree oil together with menthol – I seem to have caught the autumn cold.