Jasmine Essential Oil (or Absolute): Uses, Benefits, and Precautions
Jasmine essential oil, or technically Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum officinale) is a pricey and more rare oil to find. It has a sweet aroma (almost sickly sweet to some noses), very floral and stronger than the flowering plant itself.
It's most commonly created by an "absolute extraction" of the flowers, a method of using a grain alcohol or hexane to extract the oils. This method is commonly used when the process of steam distillation would damage the delicate oils. After processing, the hexane is removed or the grain alcohol is allowed to evaporate, and you're left with only the oil itself. This actually makes the term "essential oil" a misnomer when speaking of jasmine. The technical term would be "jasmine absolute", but for purposes of this article (and because I want to), I'm using the two terms inter-changeably.
- Frequently used in massage therapy and to support muscles and joints
- Supports circulatory system
- Supports respiratory function
- Beneficial for oily skin conditions
- Stimulating aroma promotes feelings of strength, warmth, and vitality
In addition to the physical support Jasmine essential oil offers, its aromatic affect on the nonphysical are quite interesting as well. It's said to be the oil of support, helping you find your own inner support and strength, rooting yourself into your own center and allowing you to seek, find, and receive support in new ways. Like White Fir, it can also support you in breaking generational patterns, and bring healing to relationships. It will assist you in processing and overcoming feeling unsupported, alone, or rejected, but also in being flexible while sturdy and grounded. It may also help when you're feeling scattered, overwhelmed, unsupported, resistant toward or lack of connection with others, challenge around trust, and so on.
Jasmine essential oil blends well with Frankincense, Sandalwood, Lemongrass, Geranium, Helichrysum, Melissa, Wild Orange, Rose, and Spearmint essential oils. Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include: Frankincense, Bergamot, Geranium, Rose, or Helichrysum essential oils.
How to Use Jasmine Essential Oil
Traditionally, jasmine essential oil uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:
Precautions of Jasmine Essential Oil
Although many high-quality brands may be "generally recognized as safe" for internal use by the FDA (21CFR182.20), I personally would NOT recommend using Jasmine Absolute internally in case of a sensitivity to any minute traces of the extracting solvent left behind. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.
Popular Uses of Jasmine Essential Oil
- Apply to the abdomen to manage the symptoms of PMS.
- Combine one drop with conditioner in the palm of hand, then apply to hair and scalp for added nourishing and moisturizing benefits.
- Dab one to two drops on fine lines and wrinkles and décolletage before applying facial moisturizer.
- Apply to pulse points to soothe nervous tension and uplift mood.
- Place a dab of jasmine absolute in the hands, rub together, rub over the nose and mouth and inhale deeply. Massage over the heart center for hope.
- Massage 1 drop of jasmine absolute over the heart center as desired for love.
Inspiration for Using Jasmine Essential Oil
Monthly Relief Massage Blend: In 10 ml roller bottle mix 2 drops Jasmine and 4 drops Marjoram essential oil. Top with carrier oil. Massage into abdomen and/or lower back as needed. (Also consider adding fennel or clary sage for hormonal support.)
Foaming Face Wash: Whisk together 8 oz mild, unscented, castile soap, 8 oz distilled water, 1 Tbsp sweet almond oil, 20 drops Jasmine and 10 drops Geranium essential oil. Pour into foaming soap dispenser.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY
Not all oils are created equal. Because of a lack of industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is NOT a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants or adulterants (way more common than you'd think).
A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. A good brand should follow these guidelines:
- Proper plant varieties
- Each plant grown indigenously for the healthiest plant
- Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
- Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
- Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
- Third-party testing of every batch
- Stand behind the internal use of their oils