Jasmine or Jasminium officanale is one of the oils I’m most likely to put in the burner simply because its heady fragrance reminds me of summer nights in exotic locations. For the same reason, I’ve planted it right outside my back door so that the scent wafts in, as well as in my quiet corner, where it trails over a garden seat.
The essential oil is non toxic, non irritant and generally non-sensitising. Like all essential oils, it should be used with caution especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition, and this one should be avoided in early pregnancy.
Jasmine has many uses but this week I’ve been using it for its sedative properties. Just two drops in the oil burner is enough to scent the bedroom. I leave it to burn while I read my book for an hour, and by then, my eyelids are dropping. It can also be used to increase sexual desire, so if reading isn’t on the agenda but a little cuddle time is, then it’s a good oil for creating the right atmosphere.
Jasmine blends with virtually anything, but for a relaxing massage blend, I tend to combine it with one of the citrus oils (such as mandarin)to add a bit of edge to the sweetness. For a PMS blend, you could add it to clary sage: add three drops of clary, three drops of jasmine, and one drop of black pepper to a tablespoon of carrier oil (such as sweet almond or grapeseed) and slather it on after a warm bath. It helps with menstrual cramps, as well as reducing that ‘antsy’ feeling you get just before your period. This restlessness (especially in my legs) has increased for me as I head further into menopause and massaging in this oil is a great relaxant.
I know I’ve said this before, but don’t be tempted to add more essential oil to the carrier to make a stronger blend. Use sparingly. Less is more!
If anyone has any essential oil blends for menopause, I’d love to read about them.