Jan 12

Jasmine Essential Oil Along with Massage Relieves Depression

Jasmine essential oil is known for its sweet and exotic aroma. It has been a favorite oil for many people for thousands of years. The name Jasmine comes from the Persian word ‘yasmin’ which means “a gift from God.”

Listed below are jasmine essential oil uses:

  • AnxietyJasmine 3

  • Depression

  • Fatigue

  • Stress

  • Menstrual cramps

  • Menopausal symptoms

Jasmine has also been known to act as an aphrodisiac.

Aromatherapy massage combines the physical and emotional effects of gentle massage with the psychotherapeutic properties of essential oils. It stimulates the body’s lymphatic and circulatory systems and improves the supply of nutrients to the body tissues and aids in the elimination of toxins. The purpose of an aromatherapy massage is not so much to physically work out all the kinks and sore spots in your body, but to use the restorative properties of essential oils to relax and heal your body and mind.

You name the ailment, and there’s an essential oil that could relieve it. They’re used to treat pain, muscle spasms, stiffness, depression, insomnia, asthma, congestion, hypertension, and the list goes on. Here’s a brief rundown of complaints and the aromatherapy massage oils that just might help them:

Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable, or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. However, people with a depressive disorder find they have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities. Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest.  It affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.  Depression may make you feel as if life isn’t worth living.

There are several types of depression:

  • Major depression, major depressive disorder or clinical depression – combination of symptoms that interfere with sleep, work, eating, study and enjoying activities

  • Dysthymic disorder – mild symptoms for long periods of time

  • Psychotic depression – severe depressive illness includes hallucinations and withdrawing from reality

  • Postpartum depression – major depressive episode which develops within weeks of giving birth

  • SAD (seasonal affective disorder) – a depressive illness that happens during the winter months

  • Bipolar disorder – experiences moments of extreme highs and extreme lows

Each year depression affects 5-8 percent of adults in the United States. This means that about 25 million Americans will have an episode of major depression this year alone. All age groups and all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups can experience depression.

Let’s see how jasmine essential oil and aromatherapy therapy do in reducing depression.

This particular study investigated the effect of aromatherapy massage using jasmine essential oil on physical and emotional experiences with humans. Forty healthy volunteers participated and were divided into a control group (applying placebo onto the skin) and the experimental group massaging jasmine onto the skin.

The results were in comparison with the control group, the jasmine oil group experienced significant increases of breathing rate, blood oxygen saturation, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure, which indicated an increase of autonomic arousal. At the emotional level, subjects in the jasmine oil group rated themselves as more alert, more vigorous and less relaxed than subjects in the control group. These findings suggested an increase of subjective behavioral arousal.

The researchers stated “In conclusion, our results demonstrated the stimulating/activating effect of jasmine oil and provide evidence for its use in aromatherapy for the relief of depression and uplifting mood in humans.”

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We, at Good Living Essential Oils, always look forward to hearing about great results from studies using essential oils.