Jasmine as calming as Valium
According to scientific research the sweet smell of jasmine is as good as Valium.
According to scientific research the sweet smell of jasmine is as good as Valium and other such barbiturates at calming the nerves and with none of the side effects!
The Smell of jasmine is as calming as Valium
Scientific studies found the jasmine fragrance and its chemical substitute dramatically calmed mice when their cage was filled with the scent, causing them to cease their activity and sit quietly in a corner of the cage. When they breathed in the scent molecules went from the lungs into the blood and were then transmitted to the brain. Brain scans showed the effect of a chemical called GABA (GABA acts like your car’s brakes) on nerve cells was enhanced by the fragrance and helped relieve anxiety, soothe and promote rest.
The researchers said that this can be seen as evidence of a scientific basis for aromatherapy. Jasmine is one of the essential oils widely used in aromatherapy, pioneered by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians and is thought to offer many healing effects. Inhaling jasmine oil molecules is believed to send messages to the limbic system; the region of the brain involved in controlling our emotions, this region also influences the nervous system. Aromatherapy advocates suggest that essential oils may affect numerous biological factors, including breathing, heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure and immune function.
Jasmine oil is often promoted as a natural remedy for anxiety, stress, fatigue, depression, menstrual cramps and symptoms of the menopause. It’s also said to act as a natural aphrodisiac. If you experience anxiousness and or troubled sleep but would rather not use prescription sedatives you should consider jasmine.
The benefits of jasmine can be felt by taking a warm bath or shower with jasmine-scented soaps and oils before bedtime, or by placing a diffuser containing jasmine in your home. An aromatherapy massage using jasmine oil would also be a great way to experience this amazing flower’s calming effects.