Aromatherapy Properties: Jasmine has a long history of use in aromatherapy, and is supremely relaxing in vapor form. It is used to calm nervousness and anxiety, and also to promote restful sleep. Commonly used as an aphrodisiac. Also used for relaxation during childbirth.
Warnings: Should be avoided by pregnant women. It should be noted that Jasmine is so deeply relaxing as to sometimes impair concentration; use with awareness.
Practical Uses: Place a few drops in an oil burner to create a very relaxing environment (Jasmine is quite strong, and only a couple of drops should be used - always diluted). As one of nature’s most soothing and relaxing scents, Jasmine is a favorite addition to bath and massage oils. In fact, for an extremely relaxing massage, Jasmine by itself can be mixed with a carrier oil. It is often added to essential oil-based perfumes, and is also sometimes used in skin creams and lotions, especially to smooth stretch marks.
Spiritual Uses: One of the most well-known and revered scents throughout history, Jasmine has long been used as a key ingredient in love magick. Its association with sexuality and, perhaps more accurately, romantic love, -- and the fact that the Jasmine flower is picked at night when its aroma is strongest -- lends it well to moon magick. It also is sometimes used in the celebration of platonic friendship.
Blends well with: Other sensual floral oils such as Rose and Sandalwood. Also mixes nicely with Clary Sage,Clove, Bergamot, as well as other citrus oils.
History: Jasmine’s history stretches far back into the ancient world. The name is derived from the Persian Yasmin, meaning “fragrant flower". It was likely brought to Egypt before the XXI dynasty (circa 1,000 BCE), and was worshipped by Chinese emperors. The Moors brought Jasmine to Spain in 1600 ACE, and from there it spread to all of Western Europe. The Jasmine flower still has great religious and spiritual significance, especially in India where garlands of it adorn the entrances to temples. Certain varieties are held as sacred to Vishnu.
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