We are all aware of the aesthetic quality that flowers and plants have in our lives. That is, after all why we grow them, isn’t it? That is why we repot them, talk to them, water them nurture them. Their colors and their vividness make us happy. They bring light into our lives.
But here’s a question. Can plants or flowers actually help you alleviate your stress levels and handle anxiety or depression?
Of course, they can! After many years of researching, scientists have proven that the soothing aroma of certain flowers can be very beneficial to our overall health.
It’s commonly known that one of the most important benefits of keeping plants indoors is their impact on the air quality by converting carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates and oxygen in a process called photosynthesis. However, less well known is the fact that there also plants that can actually help with decreasing stress and several mental illness symptoms, such as panic attacks, anxiety, and depression.
That’s actually one of the reasons why we find solace in nature. And why going for a walk in the park when we are anxious or stressed helps us relax.
For those of you who don’t know, jasmine oil comes from the yellow/ white leaves of the jasmine flowers. What makes this more interesting is that jasmine has been used as a natural remedy for distress, low libido, anxiety, and depression for centuries. Its name derives from the Persian word Yasmin, meaning “a gift from God” which only proves its healing and uplifting properties even more.
According to the researchers, jasmine’s scent directly impacts our nervous system chemical known as GABA. This calms our nerves and alleviates anxiety instantly and gives us a pleasant, relaxing feeling.
In collaboration with Dr. Olga Sergeeva and Prof. Helmut Hass from the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf, researchers from Bochum led by Prof. Hanns Hatt have discovered that the two fragrances Vertacetal-Coeur (VC) and the chemical variation (PI24513) have the same molecular mechanism of action and are as strong as the commonly prescribed barbiturates or propofol. They soothe, relieve anxiety, and promote sleep.
This only proved the fact that jasmine can be much more effective than anxiety pills or sleeping pills when it comes to improving sleep quality.
So, there you have it. If you struggle with insomnia, frequent panic attacks, anxiety, or depression, try planting jasmine in your bedroom and see what happens. If by any chance you cannot actually have the plant near you, the best solution is to replicate its benefits with essential oil.
However, keep in mind that while jasmine plants/oils can help you cope with your anxiety or depression symptoms, they are no substitute for therapy with properly trained and licensed individuals. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to consult with a mental health professional.