Jasmine is a sweet and seductive night blooming flower native to Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa with a wealth of healing benefits. Although there are more than 200 species, only two are traditionally harvested for their essential oil – Jasminum Grandiflora (Royal Jasmine) and Jasmine Officinale (Common Jasmine). When used in skincare, jasmine essential oil acts as an effective antibacterial, soothing dry skin and eczema and increasing cell turnover to lighten the appearance of scars. Treating skin imbalances holistically, jasmine balances hormone levels and works as a formidable stress-reducing therapy.
Road warriors would be wise to count on aromatherapy to ease themselves through time zones and the stress of travel, whether for business, pleasure or to visit family. This ancient art relies on pure essential oils extracted from flowers, stems, roots, fruits, leaves or bark. While each has its own aromatic traits and unique health effects, most are anti-bacterial by nature. Traveling with a vial of your favorite oil is useful not only to lace a bath with a familiar scent but also to treat breakouts or rashes.