The research revealed that the fragrance from the plant helped soothe and promote rest and thus relieveing anxiety.
A new study has revealed that the sweet smell of jasmine can be incredibly calming and help relieve anxiety and reduce depression. Having a jasmine plant in your room can offer great benefits include soothing your nerves and helping you get good rest. The study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry stated that it can "be seen as evidence of a scientific basis for aromatherapy." The study found that the fragrance of jasmine was as good as valium at helping calm the nerves of people but with no side effects whatsoever, reported The Telegraph. The effects of the flowers' fragrance were carried out on mice in a laboratory to monitor the effects. Flowers were kept in the cages of the mice and it saw them relax and sit quietly in a corner of the cage.
It was found that when the mice breathed in the scent molecules they went from the lungs into the blood, before being transmitted to the brain. After carrying out brain scans, it was found that the fragrance had an effect on a chemical called GABA on nerve cells which helped soothe, relieve anxiety, and promote rest. The results of the study were published online. Professor Hanns Hatt, the author of the study, wants to build on the research and is hoping to change the chemical structure of the scent molecules, to exact stronger effects.
This is an important study as it shows the potential to replace other sedatives like sleeping pills and relaxants which can often have side effects including depression, dizziness, hypotension, muscle weakness, and impaired coordination. The tests included experimenting with hundreds of fragrances to test their effect on GABA receptors in humans and in mice and jasmine was found to be the strongest, increasing the GABA effect by more than five times. "We have discovered a new class of GABA receptor modulator which can be administered parentally and through the respiratory air," said Professor Hatt, of the Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany. "Applications in sedation, anxiety, excitement, and aggression relieving treatment and sleep induction therapy are all imaginable."
Sedatives, sleeping pills, and relaxants are the most frequently prescribed psychotropic drugs, noted the study. The difference between calming and hypnotic effect depends solely on the dosage. The classes of substances that exert a calming effect include alcohol, barbiturates, opiates, and since the 1950s, the benzodiazepines, which are now among the world's most widely prescribed drugs. The study is hoping that the fragrance can help replace the use of such tablets without any of the side effects or addiction.
The study further confirms the effectiveness of jasmine which is widely used in aromatherapy, which was pioneered by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. The flower also derives its name from the Persian 'yasmin' which means "a gift from God," referring to the intense fragrance when the flower blooms. It is also known for its various healing effects and can help control certain emotions and also affect the nervous system in a positive manner. Aromatherapy is believed to affect among other things stress levels, blood pressure, breathing and the study further adds to the effects of it. Jasmine is also a dominant fragrance used in scents with the scent found in 83% of all women's scents and 33% of men's. There are estimated to be 300 species of the jasmine plant and its intoxicating scent is coveted in the world of fragrances. Jasmine is found in more than 83% of all women's scents and 33% of men's, reported LA Times.