The dazzling white jasmine flowers, besides being used as ornamental decorations to brighten up homes and worn on the hair, as garlands in bridal ceremonies in India, also provide a rather beneficial component in the form of an essential oil. Exuding a lovely, sweet fragrance, this tincture obtained from the vivid jasmine blooms has been utilised since time immemorial for aromatherapy, beauty, cosmetic products. Moreover, much like other essential oils derived from flowers such as lavender, rose, geranium, jasmine oil is useful in alleviating depression and for its aphrodisiac traits.
Jasmine essential oil is derived from the flowers of the Jasminum officinale plant by steam distillation processes. This oily extract has a golden yellow to light brown colour with a slightly viscous texture. Jasmine essential oil is prized for its wonderful smell, showing notes of warm, intense and sweet with some rather exotic scents fused in as well. Furthermore, it is packed with potent plant-based compounds such as esters, thiols, organic acids and phenolic components which hold strong antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiseptic and cleansing properties.
No wonder then that jasmine essential oil is incorporated into various skin and hair care products nowadays, to obtain glowing complexion and dense, silky locks. Besides its use in soaps, cleansers, moisturisers, body washes, shampoos and conditioners, jasmine essential oil is also diluted with carrier oils like coconut oil and olive oil and used as a natural remedy for tackling a host of skin and hair woes to attain gorgeous looks and a healthy mane.
Amazing Uses Of Jasmine Essential Oil For Skin And Hair:
The wealth of bioactive components in jasmine essential oil deliver excellent merits for slowing down skin ageing. Bestowed with organic aldehydes and esters, this tincture significantly minimises the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and also boosts the synthesis of collagen, to rejuvenate skin texture and reveal a flawless, youthful complexion.
Jasmine essential oil possesses fantastic emollient qualities, thanks to its gel-like yet light consistency. Owing to the vast array of plant-based oils and fats, this aromatic potion works wonders in resolving dry skin by regenerating patches of rough, flaky, peeling tissues. Jasmine essential oil is a proven and effective solution for mending damaged skin in inflammatory conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and rosacea.
Heals Acne Scars
Laden with natural benzoic acid and phthalic acid derivatives, jasmine essential oil holds powerful antiseptic and cicatrizing i.e. wound healing properties. It is thus an astounding remedy for fixing distended red scars, swollen bumps and dented pits that arise during acne flare-ups. Infusing just 2 -3 drops of jasmine essential oil into a gentle cleanser and using it regularly soothes sensitive skin.
Conditioning Hair Oil
Jasmine essential oil offers spectacular incentives for long and lustrous tresses, brimming with antioxidants and hydrating elements. Massaging the scalp and hair with a blend of jasmine essential oil and coconut oil daily stimulates follicles, improves hair growth from the roots, nourishes dry frizzy strands, detangles knots, thereby arresting hair fall and imparting a strong, thick and silky mane.
Thwarts Head Lice
Comprising a plethora of antimicrobial constituents, jasmine essential oil is a time-tested cure for combating lice on the hair and scalp. Applying some amla hair oil mixed with a bit of jasmine essential oil onto the scalp, leaving it on for 20 – 30 minutes and brushing it thoroughly with a nit comb not only helps to get rid of head lice but also pacifies itching and irritation for a clean and clear scalp.
Jasmine-Infused DIY Blends For Skin And Hair:
Here are two simple DIY remedies with jasmine essential oil, for slowing down skin ageing and augmenting hair growth.
Jasmine And Olive Body Oil
10 drops jasmine essential oil
5 tbsp olive oil
3 drops nutmeg essential oil
In a wide bowl, mix olive oil with jasmine essential oil and nutmeg essential oil.
Transfer the contents to a clean glass bottle or container and tighten the lid.
Apply this jasmine and olive body oil on the skin after a bath, twice or thrice a week, especially in dry areas.
How It Works:
Jasmine essential oil is a marvellous anti-ageing potion that diminishes wrinkles, creases, fine lines on the face and neck, besides stretch marks, sagging folds on the body, thus reversing the age clock. Olive oil is packed with essential fatty acids that instil moisture in the skin, resolving peeling and dryness. Rich in anti-inflammatory compounds, nutmeg essential oil pacifies itching, irritation, swelling and confers an even skin tone.
Jasmine And Aloe Hair Gel
9 drops jasmine essential oil
6 tbsp aloe vera gel
2 tsp coconut oil
Combine the jasmine essential oil with aloe vera gel and coconut oil in a vessel.
After a hair wash, towel-dry the tresses, dab an even layer of this jasmine and aloe hair gel on moist strands and comb gently.
Pour the remainder of the mixture into a jar, seal the top and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
How It Works:
Bestowed with powerful antioxidants, jasmine essential oil stimulates hair roots/follicles for enhanced growth and thickness of hair. Aloe vera gel comprises vast reserves of vitamins E, C, A – known for their excellent antioxidant and emollient properties in nourishing the tresses by providing ample hydration and a soft, silky texture. Coconut oil is famed for its hair-fortifying traits, by arresting hair fall, delivering nutrients to the scalp and an added shine to the mane.