Chameli oil known as Jasmine oil is a sweet-smelling substance that is made from the flowers of the jasmine plant (Jasminum officinale). Widely used in aromatherapy, this type of essential oil contains the plant’s aromatic compounds which are believed by some to have various health benefits including skin care and stress reduction. The flower is believed to originate from Iran, but can now also be found in tropical climates.
For centuries, jasmine has been popular for its sweet, romantic fragrance and has been used in some of the world’s best-known perfumes, including Chanel No. 5. It’s also a common ingredient in alcohol, sweets, and desserts.
Jasmine oil and components of synthetic blends of jasmine essential oil have properties that offer a number of health benefits. Though it’s a popular home remedy used to treat everything from depression to infections, it’s best known as an aphrodisiac.
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In aromatherapy, inhaling jasmine oil molecules (or absorbing jasmine oil through the skin) is said to transmit messages to a brain region called the limbic system. This area is involved in controlling emotions and also influences the nervous system.
There have been some clinical trials investigating the benefits of aromatherapy in general. Results have been mixed, with some studies showing improved mood, anxiety, sleep, nausea, and pain. Other studies reported that aromatherapy showed no change in symptoms.
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Studies investigating jasmine and jasmine oil specifically are limited. But aromatherapy proponents suggest that essential oils, including jasmine oil, may affect a number of biological factors, including heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function.
Jasmine oil is often touted as a natural remedy for the following conditions:
- Menstrual cramps
- Menopausal symptoms
- Jasmine oil is also said to act as an aphrodisiac.
Currently, there is not enough scientific evidence to support the use of jasmine oil in the treatment of these health conditions. Research is ongoing and a few published studies have provided insight into what jasmine may (or may not) do for your health.
In a small study published in 2010 healthy volunteers reported improvements in mood after having jasmine oil applied to their skin.
A 2006 study of 52 women undergoing menopause found that participants who received weekly aromatherapy massages reported a significantly greater improvement in menopausal symptoms than those who weren’t massaged. The aromatherapy massages involved several essential oils including lavender, rose, and jasmine.
A 2009 study on rats found that inhaling the scent of linalool (a compound found in jasmine oil) reduced the activity of a number of genes that tend to be overactivated in moments of stress.
A 2017 analysis of commercial essential oil determined that jasmine oil may have the potential to help treat skin conditions including aged and dry complexions, inflammation, oily conditions, and psoriasis.
A 2014 study evaluated the effect of jasmine aromatherapy on women in labor. Researchers did not find any difference in pain relief or length of labor stages when compared to placebo.