Plants & Skincare Series
One of my favorite scents is the scent of jasmine flowers. With just a little bit of research, it didn’t take me long to understand why! Jasmine has a long history of health benefits and much of its popularity stems from its naturally beautiful scent. “Historically, jasmine was used in many ways to provide health benefits. The Chinese used the stems, petals, roots, and leaves for pain relief.” This beautiful flower is grown not only for appearances but to be utilized in a variety of ways. Not only does its sweet, complex scent make it good for teas, perfumes, and oils, but its scent actually has healing properties as well. That’s right, its smell alone can heal the mind and body! This flower truly is used for everything that it is.
A Women’s Health Magazine article explains that “Breathing in the scent of jasmine has the power to release feel-good brain chemicals that boost energy as well as reduce anxiety, according to a study done by the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.” The scent “...chills out autonomic nerve activity and decreases your heart rate.” For these reasons, the plant performs as a mild sedative and can also be seen as an antidepressant. This amazing flower really does have miraculous benefits inside and outside of your body.
The uses for jasmine in skincare are numerous. Jasmine oil has anti-aging properties, can help even skin tone, and is a natural moisturizer. An article by AnnMarie Skincare explains that the antioxidants found in jasmine help protect your skin from environmental enemies, which is what keeps your skin looking youthful when used in a skincare regimen. This beautiful, natural oil also moisturizes in a way that doesn’t clog pores; so forget every negative thing you’ve heard about using oil on your face. Jasmine oil is particularly good for dry skin and according to a natural beauty blog by amaiaa it can really help people who suffer from eczema breakouts. This soothing oil targets eczema or other dry, irritated skin spots flawlessly. It is also naturally antiseptic; meaning “Its components include benzoic acid and benzyl benzoate, which are chemicals that kill and inhibit both bacteria and fungi.” So, no matter what type of skin you have, adding jasmine oil to your routine is a great idea.