According to the findings of new research, the sweet jasmine smell is as good as valium at calming the nerves and it has no side effects.
Laboratory tests discovered that the smell of jasmine dramatically calmed down mice when there was jasmine in their cage. The fragrance also managed to make them sit quietly in a corner and don’t move. Brain scans found that the jasmine fragrance had a calming effect on nerve cells and helped promote rest and relieve anxiety.
Professor Hanns Hatt of the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, said that these findings could also serve as evidence for the benefits of aromatherapy. His team tested hundreds of fragrances in order to find its effect on GABA receptors in mice and humans and they discovered jasmine to be the most effective when it comes to increasing the GABA effect by more than 5 times.
Moreover, jasmine fragrance acted as strongly as sleeping pills, relaxants, and sedatives which could cause dizziness, muscle weakness, hypotension, impaired coordination, and depression.
Professor Hanns said, “We have discovered a new class of GABA receptor modulator which can be administered parentally and through the respiratory air. Applications in sedation, anxiety, excitement and aggression relieving treatment and sleep induction therapy are all imaginable.”
Jasmine as an essential oil is used in aromatherapy for many centuries, and it was probably pioneered by the ancient Egyptians and the ancient Greeks. It is also thought to have many healing effects.
By inhaling jasmine smell molecules, you are transmitting messages to the part of your brain responsible for controlling emotions. This part of the brain is known as the limbic system and it also influences the nervous system.
Therefore, jasmine oil is often used as a natural cure for fatigue, stress, menstrual cramps, menopausal symptoms, anxiety, and depression.
Its name is derived from the Perisian Yasmin, meaning “a gift from God” and it was named like that due to the intensity of its smell that is both intoxicating and sweet.
So, if you are looking for a way to calm your nervous system, you should decorate your room with a jasmine plant, buy yourself a jasmine essential oil, or find the perfect jasmine perfume for you.