Jasmine has been used for liver disease (hepatitis), pain due to liver scarring (cirrhosis), and abdominal pain due to severe diarrhea (dysentery). It is also used to prevent stroke, to cause relaxation (as a sedative), to heighten sexual desire (as an aphrodisiac), and in cancer treatment.
Jasmine is rich in antioxidants that interact with gastrointestinal enzymes to facilitate better nutrient absorption and promote healthy bowel function. It also functions to promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut and has been found to eliminate harmful bacteria.
The antispasmodic qualities of Jasmine make it helpful to relieve indigestion, stomach cramps and soothe inflammation.
A recent study found that Jasmine flower extract was effective at inhibiting the growth of Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus cereus. These pathogenic bacteria are responsible for many gastrointestinal disorders, commonly known as “tummy bugs”, and can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea. The results showed that the Jasmine extracts with a concentration of 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% had an effect to inhibit of the growth of the bacteria.
The uplifting scent of Jasmine essential oil has been proven to improve mood, de-stress and bring anxiety down to a more manageable level. A study published in the “Journal of Health Research” looked at the effect of Jasmine oil inhalation on the central nervous system and the mood. They found that the oil did indeed affect the mood and brain activity, with participants reporting that they felt more positive, energetic and even romantic.
Another study found that Jasmine essential oil, when used in aromatherapy massage, increased behaviour arousal when compared with a placebo. They found that it significantly increases breathing rate, blood oxygen saturation and blood pressure, leading to the participants in the Jasmine group feeling more alert. The researchers concluded that this stimulating effect could help to alleviate depression and anxiety whilst uplifting the mood.
Conversely, Jasmine (consumed as a tea or used in essential oil form) has sedative effects on the nervous system, soothing and relaxing tense and jangled nerves. Like many herbs, it appears to have adaptogenic qualities that can either up-regulate or down-regulate the nervous system as required. The sedative compounds found in this herb have been found to promote peaceful sleep, help to induce sleep in insomniacs and regulate erratic or irregular sleep patterns.
A study published in the "European Journal of Applied Physiology" found that just the smell of Jasmine has sedative effects on both autonomic nerve activity and mood states. The researchers found that inhaling Jasmine (along with lavender) helped to reduce the heart rate and bring on feelings of calm and relaxation, helping the participants to drift off to sleep more easily.
Jasmine has long been known as an aphrodisiac and libido enhancer by ancient herbalists for as long as this flower has been utilised as a herbal remedy. Its exotic, heady scent not only lifts the spirits, it helps to dissolve emotional barriers and promote feelings of intimacy. Its anti-depressant qualities combined with its ability to relax the body make Jasmine an excellent oil to use to overcome sexual problems which are in the head, rather than direct physiological problems of the reproductive system.
Jasmine essential oil has a long history of use for gently nurturing women through each stage of their reproductive lives. With natural hormone balancing properties, it has been shown to improve symptoms of PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome), menopause, and act as an “emmenagogue” (a substance that stimulates or increases menstrual flow). The emmenagogue property of Jasmine oil regulates menstrual cycles and provides relief from painful periods.
This gentle essential oil can also help to ease childbirth (although it is NOT recommended for use in pregnancy as it can stimulate contractions). It has been found to strengthen contractions and lessen the time it takes to deliver a baby. Women who use Jasmine essential oil post-natally have experienced faster recovery times and a shorter post-natal period. Furthermore, the antidepressant qualities of this oil can be helpful in combating post-natal depression.
For general use, take 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 mL) twice a day. As a guideline, take on an empty stomach daytime in a beverage.
**** DO NOT TAKE IF YOU ARE PREGNANT*****
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I do not diagnose, prescribe, recommend or treat.
If a person is considering trying jasmine for medicinal purposes, they should speak to their healthcare provider beforehand to ensure that it is safe for them to do so.
There is currently not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate dosage for jasmine, and people should keep this in mind if they are thinking of using it.
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