Origin of Jasmine essential oil:
Originally from China and Northern India, it was brought to Spain by the Moors, with France, Italy, Morocco, Egypt, China, Japan and Turkey currently producing the best essential oil. The name Jasmine is derived from the Persian word ’yasmin’.
Description of Jasmine essential:
Jasmine is an evergreen, fragile, climbing shrub, that can grow up to 10 meters (33 feet) high and has dark green leaves and small white star-shaped flowers which are picked at night, when the aroma is most intense. Jasmine essential oil has a sweet, exotic and richly floral smell.
Appearance : Viscous liquid
Aroma : Warm, Floral, Exotic
Color : Deep brown with a golden tinge
Chemical constituents: Jasmine oil has various chemical compounds that include Benzyl acetate,inalool, benzyl alcohol, indole, benzyl benzoate, cis-jasmone, geraniol, methyl anthranilate, p.cresol, farnesol, cis-3-hexenyl benzoate, eugenol, nerol, ceosol, benzoic acide, benzaldehyde, terpineol, nerolidol, isophytol and phytol.
Extraction: It is steam distilled from dried and crushed rhizome and roots.
The aromatherapy properties includes anti-inflammatory, anti-pyretic, antiseptic, calmative, sedative, laxative and tonic diuretic, carminative, stomachic and laxative (excellent when used over time in cases of chronic constipation).
Jatamansi oil can be effective for tension, stress, migraine, nervous indigestion and insomnia. It seems to have rejuvenating qualities especially for the mature skin and can help with allergies, skin inflammations and rashes. At the Preston clinic, this oil is being used successfully in intestinal colic and nervous disorders. Jatamansi oil can be employed in the treatment of epilepsy, hysteria and in many varieties of convulsive affections. It is used in cases of heart palpitations (even as a substitute for Valerian). Its antispasmodic characteristics are unsurpassed.
Spikenard blends well with Lavender, Patchouli, Pine, Vetiver and spice oils.
Incence n perfumery:
It is used extensively in perfumery applications and manufacturing of incence. Spikenard is used in preparation of incence which has great demand for religious ceremonies and aesthetic purposes as it smolders. It has been popularly used for thousands of years within India as an integral part of Hindu deity worship. Chinese, Korean, and Japanese society used incense as a time keeping device in the form of incense clocks.It holds an important usage in Buddhism. It is also used in perfumery of oriental bases, heavy florals, fougeres, woody bases, animal ambre types etc and in flavors as a modifier for calamus, valerian, hop, ginger cardamom.
Spikenard oil is used in folklore and as herbal medicine for its healing properties. Its healing properties are widely acclaimed in every continents. These plants are still widely used in ethnomedicine around the world. The oil is also used for promoting hair growth and also helps in color maintenance. The oil is not recommended for food additives.
Jatamansi oil is said to fight insomnia, flatulence, birth difficulties and other minor ailments.