Jasmine grandiflorum (dawn-blooming)

I love Jasmine – it is fresh and sweet and it is my favourite olfactory clue that Spring is in the air. And lucky for me, there is so much of it in the area where I live. When I am oblivious to the world around me, busy in my head with the to-do list of my life, I am instantly drawn into the here and now, and I am reminded to enjoy every moment, the now. It is such a wonderful assault on the senses and I am grateful for its gorgeousness.

jasmine (1)Jasmine is an expensive oil at around $AUD124/5ml.  This is because it requires great skill when harvesting so as not to bruise he blossom; and around 8 million blossoms are required to produce one kilo of essence. And Jasmine promoted to improve health and well-being, particularly for those mothers who are experiencing the baby blues – but be aware, while some authors suggest that it is useful for lactating mothers, others suggest that it may inhibit the production of milk – so, for me, I would err on the side of caution; There are other oils for improving mood.  But if you are not a lactating mother, than this oil could be for you – it is wonderful for the skin, especially if you are prone to dryness and sensitivity; it is said to be useful for labour pains (traditional knowledge); and it is said to be stimulating, and an aphrodisiac – so good for those tired parents!

For me, though, the benefits are just a bonus. To be able to appreciate the warmth & sweetness of the odour is all that I need….

Books, books and more books!

As I have mentioned previously, I would like to promote good books on this page and I thought that I should update you on some exciting news from one of my favourite aromatherapists/authors/people, Dr Jennifer Rhind!  She has recently published a second edition of her book Essential Oils: A Handbook for Aromatherapy Practice, available through the Jessica Kingsley Publisher website.  Her first book is the very first one I go to when I have a query about an oil as it is fully referenced and completely reliable.  Instead of re-hashing the same old stuff, she goes beyond and looks for the evidence!  It is very well written, and very easy to read.  I would highly recommend it to any aromatherapist or aromatherapy student.

What people think:

‘Finally we have the “missing-link” text to facilitate the journey into the world of aromatherapy practice! This excellent book is well researched, detailed, up to date, relevant and completely accessible to student and qualified aromatherapists alike’ – Rhiannon Harris, Editor, International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy

“This book is a breath of fresh air in written form” – Robert Tisserand, aromatherapy author, educator and consultant

You might also be interested to read Jen’s recent blog “A Meditation on Scent”.

“To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries”

A C Grayling

Essential Oils are Good for our Health

When you think about essential oils, do you think about the health benefits beyond the wonderful aroma?  I know that you probably love to put them in an oil burner and let the scent create an atmosphere of relaxation, stimulation, inspiration, exhilaration, comfort,  or enlivenment – you might even drop a few drops of ylang ylang in for a bit of passion.

But did you know that they also have powerful antibacterial properties? The scientific world is concerned about antibiotic resistance, and rightly so.  According to an article  in The Independent, “There is a global crisis in antibiotics caused by rapidly evolving resistance among microbes responsible for common infections that threaten to turn them into untreatable diseases”.   The General Director of the World Health Organisation says ” doctors should be prescribing antibiotics appropriately, patients should be following their treatment, and there should be restrictions on the use of antibiotics in animals”.  I suggest we should be conducting much more research into the properties of essential oils, and here is why:

  1. Essential oils act on bacteria – many in vitro studies have been conducted and the evidence is positive – essential oils can kill many different bacteria.  The next step is conducting clinical trials to see how effective they are under clinical conditions (or in humans!)
  2. Humans cannot become resistant to essential oils – due to environmental conditions, no two crops are exactly the same, therefore, the body cannot build up a resistance like it does to antibiotics (which are always the same – which is the problem!).
  3. Essential oils can potentially be taken orally – this is not something I practice, nor is it something I promote here in this forum!  In fact – there is a MASSIVE DISCLAIMER HERE!!!  Aromatherapy is a medical practice in France and essential oils are often prescribed instead of antibiotics; this is either taken via the mouth, or as a suppository; they are also prescribed for external use and applied as part of a daily friction.
  4. Essential oils can be immune boosting, providing support for our own innate ability to heal ourselves.  You only need to smell the right oil for it to be promoting health.

For the time being, if you DO have a serious infection, I advise that you attend the doctors and receive the appropriate treatment.  If you want to treat yourself with “Complementary” aromatherapy, I advise you seek professional advice.

So, the future isn’t necessarily all doom and gloom – in fact, we might actually come up smelling of roses!

I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I’d invented it, because it is very true.
Audrey Hepburn


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