The uplifting, brightening fragrance of jasmine has been known for centuries to provide an array of benefits by aromatherapists. Pure jasmine is used rarely due to its cost and potency but is useful in treating cases of extreme shock as the scent is notable for calming and sedating individuals while providing clarity. In addition to aromatherapists using pure jasmine, blends are typically employed. While this is partly due to jasmine’s high expense, the oil also acts very well in synergy with other oils such as bergamot, clary sage, clove, coriander, ginger, grapefruit, lemon, mandarin, neroli, orange, palmarosa, patchouli, petitgrain, rose, sandalwood, and ylang ylang, and any other oils in the citrus family.
While jasmine is largely known for being a calming oil, studies have shown, in a seemingly contradicting fashion, that jasmine increases a users physiology, including raising heart rate and increasing the brain’s beta waves that are associated with mental alertness. However, it has been suggested that this effect is due to jasmine’s ability to calm while simultaneously uplifting and clearing the mind. This effect serves to reduce lethargy while increasing positive outlook. Potentially described best by Susanne Fischer-Rizzi, “The fragrance diminishes fear-it is helpful in enhancing self-confidence and defeating pessimism. No other oil is quite as capable of changing our mood so intensely. It offers little choice other than optimism.” Fischer-Rizzi, Susanne. (1992) The Complete Book of Aromatherapy. New York
However, aromatherapists are wise to avoid using jasmine oil during pregnancy due to the oil’s emmenagogue properties. Complications of extensive use could include pre-term labor, as the oil is known for its ability induce cramping and strengthen contractions. However, use during labor and the post-natal period is highly recommended due to the soothing, sedating properties of the oil.