Jasmine oil is one of the most popular scents in perfumery today. It is often referred to as the king of essential oils (and rose as the queen of essential oils) because it is so widely used. But did you know that there is no true jasmine essential oil? Essential oils are steam distilled.

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Production of Jasmine Oil

The production of jasmine oil is a multi step process. The jasmine flower is fragile and therefore must be handled carefully in order to preserve the valuable oil. Once the flower is bruised it becomes useless to the oil making process.

The oil making process starts with up to 10,000 individual blossoms. This is a full day’s work for an experienced harvester. The flowers must be sold at market quickly, so that they can be used before spoiling. Jasmine flowers bloom either at night or in the early morning time, so jasmine harvesters work all night long to pick the blossoms.

Once the blossoms have been harvested, the oil production starts with what is called an organic solvent extraction. The process takes the blossoms and saturates them with a solvent which breaks the flowers down to remove the oil. This process is done at a low temperature since the high temperature of steam distillation, which is what is used to make essential oils, would destroy the blossoms.

After this initial solvent maceration, or soaking, the product is then called a jasmine concrete. It’s a waxy product that contains a mixture of essential oils, resins, and waxes. But this product can’t be used in this state, so a second solvent extraction is performed with a different solvent to remove the solid materials. This solvent is an alcohol based solvent, and once all of the waxes and resins are removed, the alcohol itself is removed and leaves only the oil behind.

Since jasmine can’t be processed by steam distillation, it cannot be called an essential oil, even though that is exactly what it is. Instead jasmine is called an absolute because of the solvent extraction. Another example of an absolute is rose absolute. For an essential oil to be called an essential oil, it has to be processed using steam. This is the only difference between an absolute and an essential. The two are used in exactly the same ways in aromatherapy and alternative medicine.

To use jasmine oil, you could use it in a diffuser, a massage oil or lotion, or in a bath. Use caution when using this oil however because it is very strong. A little will go a long way. Jasmine is used to treat conditions such as depression, menstrual cramps and it is also an aphrodisiac. It should absolutely be avoided during pregnancy, as it stimulates contractions, but it is often used in the birth process to help labor along and ease pain.

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