The essential oils of this flower relax and unlock inhibitions.
By Walter Raymond
The natural scent of jasmine is considered one of the most sensual and passionate of nature’s aromas. The essential oil obtained from its petals is used in certain oriental massage techniques. The sweet and pleasant smell has the ability to envelop slowly the person unlocking their inhibitions. Such sensations are some of the reasons jasmine oil was widely used in the ancient Indo-Asian cultures as an ideal complement to sexual stimulation.
The jasmine flower.
The aroma of jasmine is one of nature's most powerful and passionate.
Hands that love and heal
Nowadays the petals and essential oil of jasmine are employed in a series of gentle treatments and massages known as Asian Flower. This practice takes place on a smooth and firm surface covered with jasmine petals. The person lies on them and is slowly induced— through gentle massaging in all areas of the body— to release inhibitions, thus reaching a relaxed state of mental and physical wellbeing. The Asian Flower therapy culminates with a soft peeling and a facial massage with rosehip oil.
Asian Flower massages release tension and unlock our inhibitions.
Jasmine oil is the main ingredient in Asian Flower therapy.
The aromas of Muslim Spain
The importance of smells for therapeutic and stimulating purposes goes back thousands of years: incense was used to liberate Athens from an epidemic, and before going to battle warriors used to undergo ritual baths and massages with scented oils.
Ancient alchemists claimed that essential oils were the soul of the plants, their most luminous and energetic essence. In the same vein, it should be remembered that during the great European epidemic of the Middle Ages people believed that the use of strong perfumes helped prevent contagion.
The ancient Greeks already knew the therapeutic benefits of massaging the body with essential oils from flowers.
Aromatherapy developed in Muslim Spain and subsequently reached the rest of Europe through cosmetics and perfumery spread through the Camino de Santiago, a route that crossed France and Spain to arrive at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (St. James), in Galicia. Believers say that you can still perceive a particular aroma in El Camino, where the scent of jasmine blossoms accompanies the pilgrims in parts of the route. ■
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