Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Jasminum Grandiflorum - love in a bottle

Today Jasmine has practically disappeared from Grasse. It is still grown in Morocco, but the two major producing countries are now Egypt and India. In India the flowers are traditionally cultivated for ornamentation, and an extraction industry was started up in the late nineteen-seventies.

Jasmine blossoms in the summer, from June to October. The flowers open before dawn and must be picked very early in the morning. The concrete come from Jasmine plantations in Tamil Nadu and is processed in France to produce the absolute. Worldwide production of Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum) concrete ranges from 7 to 8 tons, mainly from India and Egypt. I like the Indian the best. It is a lot sweeter than the egyptian.

Jasmine makes the ideal gift that a man can give to his wife. This is particularly so at the time of giving birth. A little Jasmine massaged onto the shoulders or inhaled in an aromastick will both help with the labour and relieve the mind of anxiety. This is important after the birth in preventing 'baby blues' turning toward post natal depression. Jasmine is not a cheap oil. My own purchase of 1kg at a time would like the neroil and Rose Otto purchase a small car. However in pregnancy the oil is unequalled and it can be bought inexpensively in a 5% jojoba dilution. If you call the factory the oil can be mixed in an oil of your choice or supplied unmixed in 3ml quantity with an aromastick. Students can order in 1ml quantity (we have an even smaller bottle!). Always consult your midwife however many midwives have sought training in complementary therapies and aromatherapy in particular so are aware of Jasmines properties.

You can read more about aromatherapy in pregnancy in Denise Tiran's excellent e-book

Ian Brealey

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