The jasmine plant has a sweet, rich, and aromatic fragrance, sweeter while the shrubs are still blooming.  Jasmine oil was used in aromatherapy by the ancient Greeks for healing and soothing, and they’re still used in many holistic medicine centers today. Statistics show that about 83% of women’s fragrances and 33% of the men’s contain Jasmine oil [1].

Jasmine has always been known to do more than just smell nice, and science supports the fact that truly, it has strong therapeutic properties [2].

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry shows that the fragrance of the Jasmine plant has the ability to calm the nerves and reduce stress and anxiety [3].

The study involved the testing of hundreds of natural fragrances to determine their effects on the central nervous system. Jasmine was found to be powerfully active in increasing the effect of chemical receptors in the brain known as GABA. To any neurons that GABA receptors are attached, their main function is to reduce the activity of the neurons [4]. GABA receptors are believed to be tied to neurons that transmit signals of stress, fear, and anxiety. Thus, they work to inhibit the activity of these neurons.

An increase in GABA function translates to a reduction in stress and anxiety levels. Jasmine was discovered to have a strong effect on these receptors, much stronger than several of the best synthetic relaxants in use today.

Natural relaxant

“We have discovered a new class of GABA receptor modulator which can be administered parentally and through the respiratory air. Applications in sedation, anxiety, excitement, and aggression relieving treatment and sleep induction therapy are all imaginable,” said Prof Hanns Hatt of Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany, to Telegraph [5].

The test subjects for the main experimental study were laboratory mice. After exposure to jasmine fragrance, the hyperactive animals were noticed to cease all activity and relax after a short while. Brain scans carried out on the animals showed that inhalation of jasmine molecules increased GABA activity, thus inhibiting the activity of stress-causing neurons. Their muscles relaxed and tension eased, allowing them to feel a sense of calm and tranquility. Subsequent test trials on humans produced similar results.

The scientists discovered that Jasmine increased the effect of GABA receptors about five times more than many synthetic medications would. Jasmine is also believed to have a stronger effect than Diazepam (valium), one of the most commonly used muscle-relaxant drugs in modern medicine [6]. It’s thought to be more effective than many sedatives, antidepressants, and relaxants which usually have side effects on the body’s organs and various systems.

Better than the synthetics

Valium is known to cause extreme drowsiness, fatigue, dizziness, blurred vision, partial loss of muscle control, and mood swings [7]. Serious side effects include agitation, restlessness, hallucinations, difficulty in speech, muscle tremors, and allergic reactions, such as rashes.

Jasmine has none of these side effects on the nervous system. The word ‘Jasmine’ is of Persian origin which means “a gift from God.” The plant is truly nature’s free gift to anyone going through mental, emotional, and physical distress.

Jasmine is believed to have a reducing effect on several conditions which may include depression, fatigue, menstrual cramps land menopausal symptoms. Some people believe it to be an aphrodisiac. Essential oils are generally believed to lower the blood pressure, nurture the heart, and ease difficulty in breathing [8].

Freshness and peace

Jasmine is a plant, and it’s always a plus to grow plants in your home. Aside from the health benefits, plants give off oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, which will always leave your home in a constant state of freshness and purity. Nurturing jasmine in small pots, bowls, and terrarium gardens will give your home a more relaxing and welcoming look, in addition to always keeping the space purged of negative vibes, anxious, and stressful energies.

References:

  1. Formulating a synthetic perfume—rapidly, Chemical Innovations, ACS Publications
  2. Keep a Jasmine Plant in Your Room to Reduce Stress and Anxiety. Study Finds It’s “As Calming as Valium.”,  Return to Now
  3. Fragrant Dioxane Derivatives Identify β1-Subunit-containing GABAA Receptors*, Journal of Biological Chemistry
  4. Anxiety Neurotransmitters, The Brain, Mcgill University
  5. Smell of jasmine ‘as calming as valium’, Telegraph
  6. Valium, WebMd
  7. Essential Oils for High Blood Pressure, Healthline
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