flower of flowers

J.Hannah Co. Botanical Friday: Jasmine

Plants that wake when others sleep. Timid jasmine buds that keep their fragrance to themselves all day, but when the sunlight dies away let the delicious secret out to every breeze that roams about.
— Thomas More

Right now in southern France the fields are bursting with Jasmine, which is harvested in the early morning, distilled, and used in aromatherapy and natural perfumery. Jasmine is considered the flower of flowers, noted as one of the most important essences in perfuming. Many people find the aroma attractive with it's heady, narcotic sweetness, yet other's might find that it smells of rotten flowers. Either way, this flower continues to be of value to the perfumer. I love adding just a little bit of jasmine to a blend to brighten up the dark tones. Side by side, a synthetic will never be as complicated and beautiful as the natural jasmine absolute oil.

Jasmine veins.

Jasmine veins.

Aromatherapists might recommend Jasmine to cure a headache. Put a dab of the neat oil on your temples for a quick fix. Join us for an upcoming workshop to smell the oil for yourself!