Botanical Name: Jasminum grandiflorum
Part Used: Flowers
Process: Solvent Extract
Plant Description: Native to southern Europe; grown commercially in India, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Algeria, Egypt, Turkey, Morocco, and Tunisia. Because the blossoms are easily damaged and quickly lose their scent and wither, the production of the concrète – the first part of the extraction process – is usually carried out at or near the site of harvest; the concrète can then be shipped to another location, often to France, for the second phase of production to achieve the absolute. Jasminum grandiflorum, sometimes considered a variety or subspecies of Jasminum officinale (native to Persia [Iran], northern India and southern Asia), is a semi-evergreen woody, flowering shrub that thrives in varying climate and soil conditions, but generally in a mild tropical climate in well-drained loamy soil with ample sun and water supply, regular feedings, and biannual pruning. Propagation is usually by cuttings, grafting, seeds, or other methods. A flower count ample enough for harvest starts in the second to third year of growth. About 3.5 million fresh, hand-picked blossoms, gathered before sunrise, are needed to produce 1 pound of Jasmine absolute.
Oil Description: Dark orange-brown or reddish-brown viscous liquid with an intensely floral, rich, sweet and tenacious aroma, a peculiar waxy-oily note, and somewhat fruity tea- or hay-like undertones. Jasmine oils obtained from different countries of production tend to have unique nuances of aroma due to topographic and geographic influences. For example, those jasmine oils originating from flowers grown in high altitudes (e.g., France) often have a fresh and somewhat diffusive top note, while those originating from flowers of hot climates tend to possess much warmer, sensuous, and/or subtle indolic or pheromone-like notes. Though this is not always the case, the quality of the aroma also very much depends on timing of the harvest, how fresh the blossoms are at the time of extraction, the quality of solvents used, and the expertise employed in the extraction process. Undiluted, the absolute’s aroma is almost too strong, but when well diluted, it is the gentle magic of scented moonlight reflected from the flowers of the night-blooming Jasmine.
Historical/Traditional Uses: (More to come)
Applications (Uses and Indications): In aromatherapy, Jasmine absolute is not recommended, or is recommended for external use only, due to the presence, albeit minute, of the solvent used in the extraction process; many consider that the solvent residue offsets the medicinal value of the oil. However, the aroma’s effect by inhalation can profoundly influence emotions, being quite capable, sometimes instantaneously, of lifting moods, dispelling fear, reducing tension, instilling confidence, defeating doubt, encouraging relaxed physical awareness, inducing a state of euphoria, and opening up one to one’s sensuality, thus helping to bring emotional blocks to resolution. It is no wonder that Jasmine has long been known for its gentle effectiveness in issues of frigidity and impotence. In perfumery, Jasmine absolute is used to impart smoothness and elegance, add a floral note to, or exalt and round-off perfume compositions, and little is needed for these effects. It is considered a middle note that blends well with a multitude and variety of perfumes components, but especially with bergamot and other citrus oils, clary sage, geranium, mandarin, neroli, orange blossom, palmarosa, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, and ylang ylang.
Contraindications (Safety and Precautions): Jasmine absolute is non-irritating, non-toxic, and generally non-sensitizing.
Standard Safety Precautions: Always dilute essential oils before using. Keep essential oils out of the eyes and mucous membranes; in case of contact, DO NOT use water, instead place a drop or two of vegetable oil on a tissue to gently wipe out of eye or off area of contact. In severe cases, seek professional help immediately. Keep out of the reach of children. In case of ingestion, call 911 immediately.
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