Jasmine Absolute (Botanical Name: Jasminum Grandiflorum) - By method of solvent extraction the Jasmine flowers are converted into Jasmine Concrete and Jasmine Oleoresin (sold as Jasmine Absolute). Both products have a huge demand in the fragrance industry.
Method of Extraction - Solvent from flowers
The fragrant flowers bloom from June to October. A small amount of oil is prepared by extracting the blossoms with petroleum spirit and evaporating the solvent at a low temperature, but this treatment by killing the flower at once, stops the process of scent formation, so that the yield of oil is only one fifth (some say one-ninth) of that extracted by fats in the effleurage process. The oil obtained by extraction with volatile solvents is a pale-brown liquid with a pleasant odor, which is quite distinct, however, from that of pomade.
Properties - Antidepressant, sedative, antispasmodic, and aphrodisiac.
Uses - This product has been used for the nervous system, menstrual cramps, anger, headaches, insomnia, depression, worry, muscular tension, labor pains. Increases sensuality it is useful for dry, irritated, sensitive or mature skin and has calming, relaxing, and restoring qualities. This oil warms, relaxes, soothes, uplifts, and has been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac and as perfume. It is often an expensive oil, but well worth it. Jasmine sambac is native to India, but revered in China for its exceptional fragrance used daily in many oriental homes to scent the air and water. Many folks also make tea and other drinks from the flowers which are called 'culinary flowers' as they are safely used that way. The healing properties of this oil are very well known. It is used by some Chinese in sick rooms to cleanse the air. It was also used by ancient Egyptians to relieve nervous disorders, insomnia and headaches.
Cautions - Non-toxic, non-irritant, generally non-sensitizing (an allergic reaction has been known to occur in some individuals. Use with caution during pregnancy. Do not overuse.