Jasminum officinale var. sambac
This exotic oil from the nocturnal flowers of the "Queen of the Night" encourages euphoric sensual moods.
About Night Blooming Jasmine Absolute Oil
Many seeking the benefits of essential oils will say the same thing: a bottle of jasmine should never run empty. This quintessential oil famous for enhancing romantic moods, jasmine absolute is an exotic, aromatically appealing oil which contains both therapeutic and fragrant characteristics that are nearly impossible to find elsewhere in the plant kingdom. Masters of the art of perfume have said “No jasmine, no perfume.” Inhaled, jasmine is beneficial to the lungs. Massaged on, jasmine is soothing to overworked and uncomfortable bodies. It is a gentle toner of upset or reddened skin, and can be used to support fresh, dewy glowing complexions.
Jasmines particular gifts lie in the subtle realm. It is the psyche and emotions that are the principal beneficiaries of jasmines powers. Add this precious treasure to blends to diminish feelings of fear, sadness and gloom; jasmine is thought to bring confidence and optimism and to produce feelings of euphoria. In general, feelings of love and peace surround this exquisite and delicate floral oil.
Jasmine is believed to have the ability to revitalize, restore, and balance energy. As one of the most powerful essential oils to enhance sensual moods, jasmine is valuable in awakening passion and romantic sentiment. Whether youre using it as a sensual and intoxicating perfume or to uplift yourself, one drop placed daily on the heart, the neck and/or the wrists, is all it takes to consistently benefit from its powers.
Night Blooming Jasmine Absolute Oil Profile
The exquisite Jasmine sambac flowers are hand harvested and produced organically in India. The blossoms must be carefully harvested by hand so as not to bruise the flower; bruised flowers will produce unpleasant fragrance notes in the absolute.
How to Use Night Blooming Jasmine Absolute Oil
- Perfume Oil: Said to be the king of flowers, wearing jasmine sambac neat, or straight on the skin, is an alluring fragrance that will bring intoxicating wellness to yourself and anyone that has the grace of being near you.
Other Ways to Use Night Blooming Jasmine Absolute Oil
Using jasmine in the diffuser is a luxurious treat. One drop alone in the water reservoir or mixed with other florals is enough to transport oneself to an exotic and amazing place. We find ourselves amazed over and over again at the power diffusing jasmine has, it always justifies the use of this true aromatic treasure.
- Comfortable Breath Diffuser: Use a few drops in your diffuser therapy to support the lungs in restoring their comfort through any challenging times, physical or emotional.
- Time to Relax Diffuser: Including jasmine sambac in your diffuser is a treat. If you wish to create a joyful calm this flower is here to assist in calm and relaxation.
- Mommy Massage: Add several drops of night blooming jasmine to ½ oz jojoba oil for an all-over body massage to uplift the spirit postpartum and to support the skin of the abdomen in suppleness post baby.
- Direct Palm Inhalation: Inhale jasmine to help support new healthy patterns of behavior (helpful with visualization).
Night Blooming Jasmine Absolute Oil Recipes
- Mood Balancing Blend: 2 drops jasmine oil, 8 drops bergamot oil and 4 drops clary sage oil. Use in a diffuser or dilute for massage.
- Romance Blend: 4 drops jasmine oil, 4 drops sandalwood oil, 2 drops rose oil and 2 drops cardamom oil in 15 mL of marula or other carrier oilfor massage. Or skip the carrier oil and add to a diffuser.
Ayurvedic Wisdom for Night Blooming Jasmine Absolute Oil
According to the ancient healing system of Ayurveda, jasmine oil is an antidote to the Vata and Pitta dosha (the biological forces of wind and fire). Therefore, by balancing wind, jasmine oil will assist in slowing down the anxious and upset mind and will support joy and peaceful feelings. When jasmine oil is used amorously, it elevates romance into a spiritual experience. By balancing fire, jasmine oil will decrease the excess heat in the body and mind and will support a cool, relaxed and clear mind. Jasmines watery coolness will help to put out the fire of Pitta.
Interesting Night Blooming Jasmine Absolute Oil Information
Jasmine sambac flower buds open around 11 PM, releasing fragrance at night, while jasmine grandiflorum buds open at dawn. One of the most costly oils, it takes over 8 million jasmine blossoms to produce 1 kg of absolute. Each blossom must be carefully harvested by hand so as not to bruise the flower, since bruised flowers will produce unpleasant fragrance notes. The living flower can never be fully captured in extracted form as there are certain extremely volatile molecules that disappear once the flower is plucked.
Recent scientific research has confirmed what traditional Ayurvedic knowledge has observed over the centuries. Studies on the effects of inhaling jasmine oil fragrance have found that the flower produces a stimulating effect on the mind, and significantly increases mental alertness. Other studies found that this stimulating effect of jasmine oil reduces the need for sleep. As lovers and tired parents know, these are prerequisites for romantic fulfillment.
Steffen Arctander: "Jasmine absolute is used in such a multitude and variety of perfumes that it is hardly possible to establish a rule for its use. 'No perfume without jasmine' is an old saying, and this is not far from the fact. The jasmine-rose complex forms the more important part of numerous 'grands parfums' as well as quite ordinary perfumes and bases. The floral note, when required, is provided by the addition of jasmine in 8 out of 10 cases."
A Note About Absolutes
Some plant material is simply too fragile to put through steam or hydro distillation; the organic material begins to decompose immediately upon harvesting. To retain the delicate aromatic compounds that would otherwise be lost in traditional distillation, a method is used whereby solvents draw the volatile essential oils out of the botanical material. The solvent is then extracted, resulting in a waxy concrete. A second extraction removes waxes and solids, and what remains is the most complete aromatic profile available with existing technology.
Safety Considerations for Night Blooming Jasmine Absolute Oil
Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. If nursing, consult your health care practitioner before using jasmine absolute oil as it can prevent lactation. Do not take jasmine absolute oil internally.
Aromatic Profile and Blending of Night Blooming Jasmine Absolute Oil
- Perfumery Note: Middle to base
- Odor: Warmly floral, rich, masculine and musky, waxy-herbaceous, oily-fruity with tea-like undertones
- Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium to strong, diffusive
- Blends Well With: Florals like rose oil, dawn blooming jasmine grandiflorum, lavender oil, clary sage and ylang-ylang oil; all citrus oil, especiallybergamot oil; also frankincense oil and sandalwood oil.
- Botanical Name: Jasminum officinale var. sambac
- Family: Oleaceae
- Composition: 100% Pure Night Blooming Jasmine Absolute Oil
- Origin: India
- Method of Extraction: Solvent Extraction
- Cultivation/Harvesting: Organic
- Plant Part: Jasmine blossoms
- Color: Dark orange to reddish brown
- Consistency: Medium to viscous
- Yield: 3.5%
- Bottle Size: 1 Dram (3.75 mL)
Article on Jasmine:
By David Crow, L.Ac.
(Published in Yogi Times, January 2005)
Like scented stars appearing in the evening dusk, the night-blooming jasmine silently opens her five-petalled blossoms beneath our windows. In the dawn her sister will bloom, again filling the breeze with enchantment. Together, the jasmine sambac (night-blooming) and the jasmine grandiflorum (dawn-blooming) are among the most potent, ethereal, and intoxicating floral fragrances in the world.
Perfumes are the messengers of attraction, sensual pleasure, erotic enticement, and passionate excitement. Just as flowers secrete their nectars to attract pollinators for the perpetuation of their species, so too do humans use perfumes to enhance their attractiveness and signal their interest in love and intimacy. Jasmine, with her mysterious sultry aroma befuddling the rational mind with aphrodisiac impulses, is the foremost of all perfumes. “No jasmine, no perfume” is an old saying, indicating the great importance of the flower to the perfumers and their industry.
The sense of smell is generally the least appreciated of our senses. Although it is almost dormant in many people today, it remains neurologically our most powerful and primitive sense. Olfaction is deeply and directly linked to emotional memories, sexual vitality, and sensual well-being, which in turn are the basis of immunity and longevity. Jasmine, like all floral scents, can awaken feelings that have long been forgotten, sentiments that can often reopen a heart protecting itself from the painful stresses of life. More than once in my lectures and workshops, people who grew up in India have wept when they smelled the essence of jasmine, so strongly did it take them back to their childhood. All over tropical Asia, the sensuous fragrance of tiny white stars blossoming outside bedrooms is woven into the secret world of dreams.
In India the night-blooming jasmine is called mugra, Night Queen, who brings joy to the heart and soul with her exotic sweetness. From the main growing areas in Madurai in the south, come tons of creamy white flowers, flown and trucked overnight to the flower markets of the cities. They will be made into garlands for festivities, offered to the deities in their temples, hung over the beds of lovers, and worn in the hair of beautiful dark-skinned women. Such are the simple things that make a culture civilized.
France was once the center of jasmine cultivation and distillation, but the flower has now moved to Egypt, India, Morocco, and South Africa. In India, organic and ecological cultivation of jasmine is being revived using traditional methods, which are often based in Vedic agricultural wisdom; these methods enhance the richness and beauty of the flower's aroma.
Jasmine oil is one of the most expensive of all floral oils: over eight million blossoms are required to produce one kilo of essence. Each blossom must be carefully harvested by hand so as not to bruise the flower, which would produce unpleasant fragrance notes in the finished oil.
Ayurveda describes jasmine oil as sweet, cooling, and tridoshic, meaning that it benefits all body types. When used therapeutically, such as during marma point therapy, the oil is said to be nourishing to the tissues and strengthening to the nervous system.
Recent scientific research has confirmed what traditional Ayuvedic knowledge has observed over the centuries. Studies on the effects of inhaling jasmine fragrance have found that the flower produces a stimulating effect on the mind, and significantly increases mental alertness. Other studies found that this stimulating effect reduces the need for sleep. As lovers and tired parents know, these are prerequisites for romantic fulfillment.
Anyone who spends time with the plant kingdom will come to know through experience many things that science later confirms by research. Ramakant Harlalka, one of my fragrance mentors, shared a fascinating story about the effects of jasmine fragrance with me during a recent trip to India. “The night blooming jasmine has a very unique effect on the human mind,” he commented. “It makes people very energetic and joyful. I have witnessed professional perfumers playing in an ocean of jasmine flowers which had been spread out for processing. Normally these men are very serious, but this fragrance made everyone so happy that they were acting like children. We gave another group fresh jasmine flowers to keep in their rooms overnight; the next morning everyone's face was happy and relaxed, and they told me that they had unusually pleasant sleep with sweet dreams.”
Increased mental energy, reduced need for sleep, erotic attraction, romantic happiness, pleasant dreams, joy: these are the ways we can remember jasmine's blessings. These are the reasons people in India plant jasmine around their homes, enjoying the relaxing benefits after working hard during the day. It is also why my teacher said so simply yet profoundly: “I have come to clearly understand that because of their unique fragrances, flowers such as these can make everyone happy. It does not matter where they are from.”
Owen: This is SO beautiful in my humble opinion, oh SO beautiful !!!! <3