Throughout the centuries people have sought out remedies from nature for the health ailments long before pharmaceuticals even existed, it is well known that most of the drugs available today at one point started from nature itself.
With more and more people turning away from the big corporate companies that make billions a year from developing medicines that are often found in nature itself with less long term risks is it any wonder that those that can ill afford the costs of these medicines and seek out either through a practitioner or the internet for solutions that can even at times be found growing in our back yard.
Spending time in our back yards can lift our mood and make ourselves feel better about who we are, instead of sitting each morning counting out a high volume of capsules or tablets to take which often leaves us feeling tired and depressed.
Jasmine is a plant often found growing in yards because it looks amazing and lets off a smell that is pleasing to most. Jasmine is well known to help with insomnia and aid with combating mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
Jasmine is also a plant that can be easily grown inside which improves the air quality of your home and again makes the home smell amazing which helps with our mental well-being.
If you look up Jasmine in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, there is a whole list of positive effects on a person’s health. When stressed breathing deeply the aroma of Jasmine can help ease panic attacks. There is a direct link between our stress levels and our oxygen levels.
Research led by Hanns Hatt of the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, found that the aroma of Jasmine did help relieve anxiety. In fact, he found that jasmine “can be seen as evidence of a scientific basis for aromatherapy.”
During his research, he studied the effect of Jasmine essential oils and the actual plant on mice and it showed a positive calming effect on the mice.
Further research on humans showed that when the fragrance of Jasmine was inhaled the study group had a sense of calm.
Jasmine contains the chemical known as GABA which affects moods. When the GABA was released it triggered the nerve cells in the human body that relieves anxiety.
“We have discovered a new class of GABA receptor modulator which can be administered parenterally and through the respiratory air,” Hatt explained. “Applications in sedation, anxiety, excitement, and aggression relieving treatment and sleep induction therapy are all imaginable.”
The study found that Jasmine can have the following effects:
– Reduce anxiety and nervous tension
– Boost mood
– Improve cognitive performance and alertness
– Improve sleep quality
– Balance hormones
– Treat hot flashes and mood swings
– Increase libido
The study carried out a comparison between anxiety-relieving medication and the natural use of Jasmine and it found that Jasmine was five times more powerful than the medications previously used.
Just using a few drops of Jasmine essential oil was found to aid with better sleep, increased the person’s concentration and did in fact help in cases of mild depression and anxiety.
According to Kaliana.com, “Research at Wheeling Jesuit University by Dr. Bryan Raudenbush, assistant professor of psychology, shows dispensing jasmine odor into a room where participants were sleeping led to greater sleep efficiency and reduced sleep movement.”
With this research, it is perhaps worth considering trying Jasmine for its proven health benefits.