Jasmine has always played a key role in various religious and marital rituals indifferent parts of Asia, particularly India. It is valued for its lovely and intoxicatingperfume and its essential oil used in aromatherapy andtraditional systems of medicine, including Ayurveda and Unani. Jasmine oil and jasmine tea are widely recommended for their unique medicinal properties including soothing of the nervous system and improving the brainpower. Chinese and Japanese use jasmine tea for relief from practically every healthproblem ranging from fever to insomnia, headache to body pains and cough to scars leftbehind by pimples and blackheads. While jasmine tea is meant for oral intake, jasmine oil is for external use only. In no case the essential oil obtained from jasmine flowers should be consumed. Itmay prove quite harmful. Ayurveda and Unani doctors generally do not prescribe jasmine oil treatment for pregnant women and children. Lactating mothers should also stay away from jasmine oil as several studiesshowed that it curbs milk production. A word of caution. While buying jasmine oil and jasmine tea, one should verify the credentials of the manufacturer. Since pure jasmine oil and jasmine tea arehighly expensive, unscrupulous manufacturers generally use artificial flavours and passthe product as genuine. Always buy the jasmine products from a reputed manufacturer orherbal shop. Jasmine is also regarded as an aphrodisiac. Some practitioners of traditional medicinerecommend jasmine oil and jasmine tea for digestive issues and menstrual pain, and as an anti-depressant and sedative. ------------------ Home Remedies ------------------ Those suffering from chronic insomnia or sleeplessness may try a drop or two of purejasmine essential oil. Just inhale the fragrance and you will get relief from insomnia.Since it acts on the nerves system and soothes the brain, you will get a quiet and soundsleep. But do not use large quantities. It may turn harmful. Ayurveda and Unani doctors as well as those practising aromatherapy recommend use of jasmine oil for sexual problems like impotence and premature ejaculation. A little spray of jasmine oil in the room spreads fragrance and soothes the nervous system, relieving anxiety.
People with muscular or joint pains may try a little of jasmine oil. Gently massage the oil on the affected part for quick relief. Once again, excessive use of oil is not recommended.
For a fair and glowing skin and to treat scars left behind by pimples and acne, apply afew drops of jasmine oil and gently rub against the affected portion. Application of a few drops of jasmine oil on the scalp will give relief from headache. Collect fresh jasmine flowers and crush them. Apply the paste on skin rashes and cracks for quick relief. Herbal doctors suggest Jasmine tea as a home remedy for problems like toothache, stomach upset, hypertension and obesity. It is also recommended as a general tonic to keep the heart in good working condition.