MONQ Essential Oil Blends with Jasmine

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Jasmine is known for its intensely floral, sweet, and almost fruity aroma with unique undertones that are often hard to describe. It has been used for thousands of years to inspire a deeply relaxed mindset. It is frequently used in blends that are meant to invoke sensuality and assist with letting your guard down to be open to receiving from others. While the history of aromatherapy goes back many centuries, one particular oil has a history of its own. Jasmine is known by some as the "king of essential oils." King, you say… the gender reference seems surprising? Rose oil is known as the queen of oils because of its decidedly feminine appeal. Jasmine, on the other hand, has a more universal charm for many reasons, and here’s a bit of the story.

Jasmine—the word itself draws a mental picture of Middle Eastern starlit nights and all sorts of magic. The name is derived from French ( jasmin ), from Arabic (yāsamīn), from Persian (yāsamīn) meaning “God’s gift.”

The mythical perception of jasmine itself perhaps comes from the universally-acclaimed scent of its flowers which open at night or early morning. The aroma has been sought-after for centuries. The essence is widely used in the perfume industry. Some perfumers use at least a touch of jasmine in many of their scents to add a fullness and a more universal appeal. 1 Floral scents, especially rose, are light and very feminine, whereas jasmine is floral but with a richness and a touch of the wild.

The scent itself has been described as exotic, sensuous, intense, warm, sweet, and the list goes on In aromatherapy, the oil is powerful, expensive, and sought-after for many reasons. Traditionally, as a medicinal plant, jasmine is considered an antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, a soothing stimulant. The oil is also highly-regarded in health and beauty for its rejuvenating effect on the skin.

Jasmine plant

The History of Jasmine

The jasmine flower is written into the stories of ancient China, Persia, and Egypt. This amazing flower was revered by royalty in China and traded along the Silk Road. Additionally, jasmine was an important part of perfumery in the times of Cleopatra and Louis XVI. In Hinduism, jasmine holds a place of honor as the “perfume of love.”

Jasmine essential oil was used in healing and religious ceremonies because of this compelling quality. In China, jasmine oil was used in sick rooms to make the air fragrant, but it was also thought to clear the air of pollutants even before the discovery of bacteria.

Today, jasmine tea is popular all over the world. The tea is produced by layering jasmine blossoms with tea leaves, infusing the tea with the fragrance. In some cases, the flowers themselves are dried and included as jasmine pearls which expand and appear to blossom in the tea.

The jasmine plant genus has around 200 species, native to warm, temperate climates. Many are vines and climbers. Out of all of these, only two are used in the creation of jasmine essential oil.

Jasminum officinale/grandiflorum

Most essential oil suppliers refer to the Jasminum officinale , variety grandiflorum species as traditional jasmine. The horticulture trade seems to consider the officinale and the grandiflorum to be two separate varieties, but in essential oils, the reference is Jasminum officinale/grandiflorum .

This plant is a deciduous vine. The sturdy vine can grow up to 15 feet tall in many areas, including western China, India, Nepal, Europe, parts of the United States, and the West Indies. This is a day-blooming jasmine, picked first thing in the morning as it opens for the first time so light and time don’t diminish the scent. It grows easily and quickly.

All jasmine varieties have a distinctive scent, but there are slight differences in the varieties. Jasminum officinale / grandiflorum is considered a very warm, rich fragrance which creates the base or longest-lasting note in perfume blends. Like wines and cheeses, this oil is sometimes aged to attain a fuller, heavier scent.

Jasmine oil

Jasminum sambac

Jasminum sambac is known for its heady, greener scent. Its country of origin is thought to be western China and Tibet in the Himalayas. It is often referred to as Arabian Jasmine, even though it is not really grown in ancient Arabia. It thrives in many regions with warm, humid climates.

The plant is a smaller shrub, ranging in height from one and a half to nine feet tall, and is everblooming and evergreen. Its flowers open in the evening and stay open until early morning as they are pollinated by night-flying moths.

This variety has the same therapeutic qualities of the Jasminum officinale / grandiflorum but is considered more sensually powerful as an aphrodisiac. While this floral oil might seem less sweet than traditional jasmine, it has a more energetic profile, with a touch of herbal or citrus tones.

Floral Oils

Unlike other essential oils, floral oils like jasmine are very expensive. The only part of the plant harvested for therapeutic or perfumery purposes is the flower. Flowers are small, delicate and begin to lose their aroma as soon as they are picked. Depending on the variety, the buds or flowers are picked by hand at night or first thing in the morning.

It can require as many as 8,000 flowers to make one gram of essential oil. A talented picker can pick 10,000–15,000 flowers per night. These freshly-picked gems are rushed to processing to retain as much of the valuable essence as possible. All of these factors make jasmine oil among the most costly of essential oils.


Traditionally, most of the growing and processing of jasmine for oil took place in the south of France. The floral oils cannot be processed as other, sturdier herbals can. In the past, floral oils were produced by a process called enfleurage, rarely used anymore because of the high cost. Flower petals were laid on a layer of fat spread on a glass chassis. The floral scent diffused into the fat over one to three days.

The petals were removed and replaced with fresh ones, intensifying the scent picked up by the fat. The process was repeated until the fat was saturated with the scent of the flower. The fat was then soaked in alcohol, drawing the fragrance into the alcohol and separating it from the fat. The alcohol was evaporated, leaving just the absolute essence of the flower.

Modern Extraction

Today, the essence is produced through a process called solvent extraction. The flower petals are placed on trays and immersed in a drum of solvent, sometimes hexane or ethanol. The racks rotate the petals through the solvent, releasing the fragrance molecules into the solvent. The longer the flowers remain in the solvent, the more fragrance oil can be removed.

At some point, the solvent will begin pulling non-fragrance molecules from the petals, affecting the true scent of the jasmine. When the perfect saturation point is reached, the solvent is distilled off. The resulting product is a highly-fragranced, waxy product called a “concrete.” In this form, the jasmine scent can be stored and transported without loss of quality.

The concrete can be used to make solid perfumes, but the second phase of solvent extraction is required to produce an essential oil. Grain alcohol is added to the concrete to remove the color and wax. With the wax gone, the alcohol is distilled off, leaving the aromatic jasmine absolute.

Absolutes are the most concentrated and truest form of the original jasmine scent. These absolutes are then diluted in various percentages with pure carrier oils to produce essential oils for use by therapists and consumers.

With Cost Comes Imitation

With all this work: large quantities of flowers, processing, and transportation, perhaps you can begin to understand why jasmine oil is one of the most costly of all oils. But that cost is worth it with jasmine’s beautiful scent and therapeutic functions.

Just be aware, as with any essential oil, that less than honorable suppliers will substitute synthetic scents in order to sell lower-cost oils. With essential oils, you often get what you pay for, so know your oil supplier. Synthetic scents do not have the therapeutic capability of the true essences, and in many cases can cause adverse reactions in sensitive clients.

Uses for Jasmine Essential Oil

At first glance, jasmine is all about scent. Its complex, floral energy is a mood-lifter for most people and often provides love qualities. Some of the key benefits of jasmine essential oil are highlighted below.

Maintains Healthy Skin

Historically, jasmine was a part of skincare for people in many areas of the world. In China, India, and Egypt in particular, jasmine blended with other pure oils was a part of the beauty and healthy skin regimens.

In a therapeutic sense, jasmine can help dry, aging skin. It is used in low concentrations to help eczema and dermatitis. Additionally, jasmine is useful in fading scars and treating stretch marks after delivery.

Maintains Healthy Sleep Quality

Depending on the cause of poor sleep, jasmine can offer assistance. Its properties as an expectorant, sedative, and antispasmodic combined with settling mood often produces improvement in length and restfulness of sleep.

Maintains Healthy Muscle Function

Jasmine’s faculty to counter spasms can be seen all over the body—helping with muscle cramps, intestinal pains, spasmodic coughs, and breathlessness.

Acts as an Expectorant

Jasmine helps clear the respiratory system by thinning and moving phlegm. The decongesting strength can also be beneficial for some snorers.

Maintains Healthy Libido

Jasmine has a long history of maintaining libido, releasing inhibitions, and inspiring sexual desire.

Provides Menstrual Support

Jasmine has properties which regulate period cycles, can help with period pain, lethargy, and mood swings. It can also delay the onset of menopause.

Safety and Precautions

For all its powerful results, jasmine has few contraindications for external use and inhalation. It is generally non-toxic and non-irritating, although there are people who do have allergic reactions, therefore, it should always be used in diluted form.

Due to its effect on the uterus, it should not be used in pregnancy. As with all essential oils, each person’s response could be different so approach the use of new oils with caution and respect for the power of the oil and the health of the individual.


The image of beauty, peace, and love that has surrounded this complex and lovely floral oil seems particularly needed today.

Jasmine oil seems to work well with all other oils, allowing you to bring a fresh note of positivity to your favorite blends while using this most expensive of oils in its best way.

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