People often ask me what my favorite essential oils/absolutes are, and Jasmine is definitely one of them (not because I’m named after it!). Its distinctive aroma cannot be replaced by any other essential oils, and strangely, it smells different to me depending on the mood that I’m in. Sometimes I pick up the sweetness first and sometimes it’s the freshness. The dominant chemical components in this essential oil are benzyl acetate (which has a fruity aroma) and methyl jasmonate (which has a floral aroma).
Beyond its incredible aroma, Jasmine is powerfully effective for acute depression and general anxiety caused by degraded self-image and low self-esteem. It has been used as an aphrodisiac since ancient times due to its uplifting, euphoric, and warming qualities. Studies have shown that chemical components found in Jasmine, such as benzyl benzoate and benzyl acetate, help reduce the hyperfunctioning of cingulate gyrus (a part of the limbic system that helps in regulating emotions and pain).
- Stimulating, balancing, warming
- Acute depression
- Low self-esteem, lack of confidence
- Low libido
- Floral, tea-like, green, fruity, intense
- Rich in esters, such as benzyl acetate, monoterpenes, such as d-linalool, and aromatic alcohols, such as benzyl benzoate