5 Top Benefits & Uses Of Jasmine Flower | Mogra | Sampaguita For Hair, Skin & Health
There is nothing more I like than wearing jasmine flowers on my hair. I have always loved wearing flowers on my hair and jasmine flowers are always my first choice. There are many varieties of jasmine and out of that Arabian jasmine (English Name) is the most common variety found here in India. It's botanical name is Jasminum Sambac. Arabian jasmine flowers are called mogra in Hindi, Kundu mallikai poo in Tamil, Mallige in Kannada and it is the national flower of Philippines and is called Sampaguita. Jasmine flowers are used in our prayers, in marriage ceremonies (hair decorations for the bride and in some communities to cover the face of the bride groom) and it is also used to make essential oil. My maternal grand parents had few acres of jasmine plants in their farm few years back. Everyday the flowers were carefully handpicked and brought to the house where it was weighed and sent to the markets, the whole house used to smell of jasmine flowers throughout the day. Though I love incenses and buy them a lot, you will never find me buying jasmine incense because I hate artificial jasmine fragrances, they smell very very strong and always give me a headache. So I always prefer to use fresh jasmine flowers to perfume my preparations and they leave a mild wonderful scent that calms and relaxes me always. The next way to use jasmine apart from the fresh flowers is the essential oil, try to buy 100 % pure jasmine essential oil not jasmine infusion. Jasmine essential oil calms, helps unwind and aids in getting a good night's sleep. We can use jasmine in many ways in our day to day life apart from wearing it on our hair and we can also dry the jasmine flowers and use it in potpourri. Another wonderful thing that I found recently is homemade jasmine tea, instead of buying jasmine tea from the markets where most of them are artificially fragranced and priced exorbitantly, try to make your own. Though time consuming, you can easily make your own jasmine tea, it smells and tastes wonderful. While using jasmine flowers in preparations always make sure to use flowers that are not sprayed with pesticides. Also try using the flowers that are about to open instead of the buds and open flowers as they have the maximum fragrance. I prefer to collect jasmine flowers in the evening when they are about to open....
5 Top Benefits & Uses Of Jasmine | Mogra Flower For Hair, Skin & Health: 1. Jasmin Flower Tea Recipe For Stress:
Homemade jasmine tea, though a lengthy process is very easy to do. For making the tea, collect fresh jasmine flowers that have just opened their petals. Add the flowers to a cup, add green tea leaves to it and mix well. Let the fragrance infuse the whole night. The nest day remove the petals and store the green tea in a box. This process can be repeated a few times more every night with fresh flowers to get a strong jasmine smell. Usually the step is repeated5 to 6 times to get a strong flavor. Jasmine tea is a great stress buster and is full of antioxidants.... 2. Jasmine Potpourri:
For the potpourri, dry the jasmine flowers nicely till crisp. Mix dried jasmine flowers, cinnamon sticks, mace, few cloves, dried rose petals and few drops of jasmine essential oil well. Place the mixture in a beautiful earthen pot in the room and enjoy the fragrance. 3. Jasmine Oil Recipe:
Jasmine is a great for using as a massage oil. The best way to make jasmine massage oil at home is by combining jasmine essential oil with any unrefined oil, here I have used sweet almond oil, you can also use coconut oil. Just 5 to 6 drops of jasmine essential oil per 1/4 cup will work well as a massage oil. If you find it difficult to relax, you can take a little of this oil and massage it all over the body after bath. You can use this jasmine oil even for massaging on the scalp... 4. Jasmine Perfume Recipe:
If you love jasmine perfume, you can try making your own at home. All you need are unflavored alcohol, distilled water and jasmine essential oil. Mix 1tbsp unflavored vodka with 1/2 tbsp distilled water and mix well. Add 20 drops of jasmine essential oil and 6 drops of pure vanilla to it and mix well. Transfer to a cute spray bottle... 5. Jasmine Fragrant Bath:
At times we need to indulge ourselves and what is considered an indulgence may vary from person to person. For me it is a good massage done by an expert but I am sure everyone will agree on a relaxing hydrating bath too filled with rose petals, fresh jasmine flowers and milk powder. If you feel your skin is dry, add a handful of full fat milk powder to the bath, then add in fresh jasmine flowers and rose petals on top. Add few drops of jasmine essential oil and immerse yourself in the bath, you can also use this recipe as a foot soak too...