The Benefits of Jasmine Essential Oil

What Should I Know About It?

Jasmine Essential Oils
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Jasmine essential oil is a type of essential oil commonly used in aromatherapy (a type of alternative medicine). Sourced from the flowers of the jasmine plant, jasmine essential oil contains aromatic compounds thought to offer a variety of health benefits.

How Does Jasmine Essential Oil Work?

In aromatherapy, inhaling the aroma of jasmine essential oil (or absorbing jasmine essential oil through the skin) is thought to transmit messages to a brain region involved in controlling emotions.

Known as the limbic system, this brain region also influences the nervous system. Aromatherapy proponents suggest that essential oils may affect a number of biological factors, including heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function.

Uses for Jasmine Essential Oil

In alternative medicine, jasmine essential oil is typically touted as a natural remedy for the following conditions:

  • coughs
  • depression
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • menopausal symptoms
  • menstrual cramps
  • premenstrual syndrome
  • stress

In addition, jasmine essential oil is said to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, sharpen memory, improve mood, and enhance libido.

Benefits of Jasmine Essential Oil

Although research on the health effects of jasmine essential oil is fairly limited, there's some evidence that jasmine essential oil may offer certain benefits. Here's a look at some key findings from the available studies on jasmine essential oil:

1) Mood

Receiving massage therapy enhanced with jasmine essential oil may help improve mood, suggests a 2010 study published in Natural Product Communications.

For the study, 40 healthy volunteers had their abdomens massaged with jasmine essential oil or a placebo. After the massage, members of the jasmine essential oil group rated themselves as more alert and more vigorous (compared to members of the placebo group).

Given the stimulating effect of the aromatherapy massage, the study's authors concluded that jasmine essential oil may help improve mood and possibly relieve depression. However, more research is needed before jasmine essential oil can be recommended as a depression treatment.

2) Menopausal Symptoms

Jasmine essential oil may be of some benefit to midlife women experiencing menopausal symptoms, according to a 2008 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. For the study, researchers assigned 25 women with menopausal symptoms to weekly aromatherapy massages with several types of essential oils (including lavender and rose essential oil, in addition to jasmine essential oil). Compared to 27 study members who didn't receive aromatherapy massages, members of the massage group reported a significantly greater improvement in menopausal symptoms (such as hot flashes).

Although jasmine essential oil shows promise for the relief of menopausal symptoms, it's important to note that the study authors were unable to attribute the positive effects of this treatment to aromatherapy, massage, or the combination of the two therapies.

3) Stress

Preliminary research suggests that linalool (a compound found in jasmine essential oil) may help lower your stress levels. In a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2009, for instance, scientists discovered that inhalation of linalool reduced the activity of a number of genes that tend to be overactivated in moments of stress.

How to Use Jasmine Essential Oil

When combined with a carrier oil (such as jojoba, sweet almond, or avocado), jasmine essential oil can be applied directly to the skin or added to baths.

Jasmine essential oil can also be inhaled after sprinkling a few drops of the oil onto a cloth or tissue, or by using an aromatherapy diffuser or vaporizer.


Jasmine essential oil should not be taken internally without the supervision of a health professional. Internal use of jasmine essential oil may have toxic effects.

In addition, some individuals may experience irritation when applying jasmine essential oil to the skin.

It's also important to note that self-treating a chronic condition (such as depression) with jasmine essential oil and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences.

Pregnant women and children should consult their primary health care providers prior to using essential oils.

Learn more about how to use jasmine essential oil safely.

Where To Find It

Here are some tips on purchasing essential oils.

Widely available for purchase online, jasmine essential oil is sold in many natural-foods stores and in stores specializing in self-care products.

Using Jasmine Essential Oil for Health

Due to the limited research, it's too soon to recommend jasmine essential oil as a treatment for any condition. If you're considering using it, talk to your doctor first. Keep in mind that alternative medicine should not be used as a substitute for standard care. Self-treating a condition and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences.


Hongratanaworakit T. "Stimulating effect of aromatherapy massage with jasmine oil." Nat Prod Commun. 2010 5(1):157-62.

Hur MH, Yang YS, Lee MS. "Aromatherapy massage affects menopausal symptoms in korean climacteric women: a pilot-controlled clinical trial." Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2008 5(3):325-8.

Nakamura A, Fujiwara S, Matsumoto I, Abe K. "Stress repression in restrained rats by (R)-(-)-linalool inhalation and gene expression profiling of their whole blood cells." J Agric Food Chem. 2009 24;57(12):5480-5.

Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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