Materia Aromatica – Jasmine (Absolute) – 1ml
Jasmine grandiflorum has an intense floral aroma – sweet, sensual, exotic and lingering. If a smell can conjure romance, this is it! Well known for its aphrodisiac properties, it is great for overcoming stress and improving mood. It is also used to help balance hormones and can be useful in treating irregular menstruation, PMT or dysmenorrhoea. Many women apply it to the lower back and abdomen in early labour to help with pain relief and to strengthen contractions. Jasmine is often called the ‘king of oils’ (alongside the queen of oils, rose) due to being the most masculine of floral oils. Certified organic.
Jasmine grandiflorum has an intense floral aroma – sweet, sensual, exotic and lingering. If a smell can conjure romance, this is it! Well known for its aphrodisiac properties, it is great for overcoming stress and improving mood. It is also used to help balance hormones and can be useful in treating irregular menstruation, PMT or dysmenorrhoea. Many women apply it to the lower back and abdomen in early labour to help with pain relief and to strengthen contractions.
An absolute is produced in two stages:
- The flowers are steeped in a solvent, usually hexane, to dissolve all the waxes and aromatic compounds of the flowers. The hexane is then evaporated to produce a solid mixture of waxes and aromatic compounds.
- The waxes are removed so all that’s left are the aromatic compounds. The absolute liquid is darkish brown, with an intense aroma of jasmine.
- mild cardio-tonic
- expectorant (to clear mucus)
- parturient (in labour)
- uterine tonic
Chakra: sacral, regulating the qi and blood in the uterus. It is said to enhance sexual desire in cases of impotence or lack of libido due to tension or melancholy. Being a powerful influence on the emotional system, jasmine can be used when people are inhibited from showing love due to unresolved emotional blocks. It diminishes fear, enhances self-confidence and optimism.
Jasmine is typically used to:
- aid women in childbirth. When applied to the lower back and abdomen in early labour it can help with pain relief and strengthen contractions.
- relieve nervous tension, restlessness, agitation, insomnia, anxiety, depression and palpitations.
- enhance sexual desire.
- treat irregular menstruation, PMT or dysmenorrhoea.
Organic – Certified by Soil Association
Caution: avoid in the first eight months of pregnancy
The common name of the plant is an adaption of the Old Persian word for the flower and was used as a traditional girl’s name Yasmin. The Persians used jasmine oil to perfume the air at their banquets. Jasmine, rose and hyacinth appear frequently in Sufi poetry as a symbol of love and spiritual longing. Feminine deities such as Quan Yin have also been associated with the jasmine flower. Used frequently in the East both as a medicine and a perfume, jasmine is considered sacred to the god Vishnu and flowers are strung together to make fragrant garlands for honoured guests. The Hindu god of love, Kama, had his arrows tipped with jasmine flowers to pierce the heart with desire.
About Materia Aromatica
Materia Aromatica supplies oils essential oils harvested by growers and distillers of organic crops, buying as much as possible from smaller farms or family enterprises. This has the advantage that these farmers distil their own freshly harvested materials themselves. They carry out steam distillation on a small scale at low pressure in stainless steel tanks to maximise the essential oils’ therapeutic value and to retain the individuality and life force of the crops from which they originate. Every batch of oil is dated, numbered and tested to ensure the quality of the oil.
Oils from organically grown or wild-crafted crops are generally more expensive, as the term itself is a guarantee of purity and wholeness. Organically grown crops must adhere to strict guidelines so the oils are sold in their pure form, without dilution or the addition of any synthetic oils. Picking, carried out by hand in the wild, requiring extra labour, is time consuming and costly. This explains the price variations between two oils of the same species such as Materia Aromatica’s organic and wild varieties of Lavandula angustifolia.