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Friday, January 20, 2006

Ananda Adds Second Jasmine Oil Variety

Ananda Apothecary has added a second Jasmine oil variety - Jasmine sambac - with a lighter, more floral aroma - to accompany the deeper, almost smokey quality of the 'Royal' or 'Italian' Jasmine grandiflorum already available.

Jasmine is one of the classic aphrodesiac essential oils, with a complex, alluring scent. The aroma of Jasmine is thought to release inhibition, resulting from a calming of anxiety. It is often included in perfume blends, and is one of the more sought-after natural fragrances. Jasmine is great to wear alone, or mixed in your own perfumery creation.

Jasmine has often been called 'King of the Flowers' (as Rose is the Queen) - though in different cultures, the flower has been classifed as having either male or female qualities. This truely seems to depend on the species - the grandiflorum having a smokey richness that is quite male, whereas the sambac is lighter and more feminine.

A little jasmine oil goes a long way; one or two drops as a perfume will be enough - the oil can be diluted in a carrier such as Jojoba at a 10% dilution to allow the aroma to release more slowly.

In terms of aromatherapy, Jasmine is thought to lift the spirit, dispell depression and quiet the nerves. The fragrance is also thought to assist in relaxing the physical being. Jasmine is also thought to enhance psychic dreams - simply inhale the aroma of one drop from a cotton ball before going to bed. Enjoy!

*The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. The information presented here is for educational purposes of traditional uses and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases.

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