Traditional use: Aphrodisiac, antidepressant, sedative
Exotic and sweet, jasmine is a highly sought after oil. Exorbitantly expensive in its pure form, it's not uncommon to find "cut" or synthetic versions on the market. These variants are beneficial as well as affordable. Jasmine's historic use goes back centuries. In ancient India, jasmine was (and still is) used for for ceremonial purposes. The Chinese used jasmine to cleanse the atmosphere that surrounded the sick. A good hostess also made sure to have jasmine on hand to give to inebriated guests to clear their heads.
Modern uses for jasmine include childbirth, depression, respiration, and fertility.
Mixes well with: Bergamot, clary sage, clove, frankincense, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, lime, neroli, orange, palmarosa, rose, rosewood, sandalwood, tangerine, and ylang ylang.
Parts used: Flowers.
Extraction method: Solvent extraction of the flowers can produce both a concrete and an absolute. Jasmine essential oil is produced from the absolute via steam distillation.
Safety Information: Avoid during most of pregnancy; do not use until labor is well advanced.