Queen of the Night: Jasmine
This week we are going to explore the physical and mental health benefits of Jasmine. There are over 200 species of Jasmine originating from Asia, Europe, and Africa. Throughout history royals from Egypt, China, Afghanistan, Nepal and Persia (modern day Iran) all kept jasmine flowers in their royal gardens. It can also be found throughout Indian Hindu texts for use in various rituals.
Jasmine is not only referred to as the "queen of the night" because it blooms at night but rather because the rich sensual aroma that permeates the night air when they are in full bloom is believed to induce a sense of euphoria. Its global popularity is believed to be because Jasmine is most famously used as an aphrodisiac; particularly when consumed in tea form. Jasmine tea contains benzoic acetate, linalool, indole and jasmone (not misspelled – it’s the organic compound that makes up the volatile portion of jasmine oil), all of which are used to make aphrodisiacs. [1-3] Some say that jasmine is better than other stimulants because these compounds occur in the plant naturally. The fresh flowers are distilled to produce perfume and essential oil, the dried flowers lend color and scent to herbal teas and potpourri.
Way back when, women used oil extracted from the petals of to enhance their skin and hair. Jasmine oil has natural antibacterial and anti-viral properties that can fight harmful bacteria and viruses in the body and on the skin. Therefore, it can calm skin irritation and inflammation. It can be particularly helpful for those with acne-prone skin. It’s oil control properties can help you regulate how much sebum your skin produces. Mix with coconut oil and apply immediately after your shower and you will wake to baby soft skin.
Jasmine oil can also help fight any microbial infection in the scalp, especially dandruff. It is a very effective moisturizer. When mixed with conditioning carrier oils like coconut or olive oil, your hair is left soft, shiny, and smells amazing! Try it as a hot oil treatment or pre-poo scalp massage.
every woman should invest in all things Jasmine
In addition to making you look and smell great Jasmine has many beneficial properties for women, specifically, hormone regulation. Jasmine can reduce symptoms associated with menopause and PMS, including headaches, cramps, and breakouts. It can even help with post-partum hormone regulation. It is traditionally used to increase the production of breast milk and is believed to ease post-partum depression, anxiety, and muscle pain. Additionally, it can reduce the appearance of stretch marks and prevent scarring.
How does it do all of this? Well, Jasmine oil belongs to a group of essential oils that help balance hormone levels by acting as phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens are plant structures that are similar to the estrogen we naturally produce. Studies have found that aromatherapy and massage with phytoestrogen oils helped decrease symptoms associated with hormone fluctuations without causing any negative side effects.  While the exposure to phytoestrogens in Jasmine is considered safe for women, there is a lot of debate in the scientific community about the potentially harmful effects of excessive consumption of phytoestrogens. This debate began when it was discovered that the phytoestrogens in predominantly man-made products can be endocrine disruptors as well. 
We say, pay attention to your body. As many of the studies into the effects of soy and other plant-based phytoestrogens will show you, everyone will react differently to just about everything. If you introduce jasmine tea into your diet and notice adverse effects, then it is not for you. Being that there aren’t any recorded cases of negative side effects, we think you’re good to go!
Let’s get in the mood
Male or female, Jasmine oil can be beneficial as a mood stabilizer. In fact, it is often used in massage oils and aromatherapy. Some people even mist some on to their pillows at night to help them fall asleep. It is believed that its soothing aroma reduces stress and anxiety. Instead of waiting for #selfcaresunday, incorporate jasmine tea and oil into your daily regimens and you can practice self-care every day! It could be a drop of Jasmine oil in your lotion or a cup of tea before you start your day. Give it a try and let us know what you think.
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