Essential oil from the Jasmine flowers is either extracted by the labour-intensive method of enfleurage or through chemical extraction. It is expensive due to a large number of flowers needed to produce a small amount of oil. The flowers have to be gathered at night because the odour of jasmine is more powerful after dark. The flowers are laid out on cotton cloths soaked in olive oil for several days and then extracted leaving the true jasmine essence.
Jasmine plants are bitter to taste, astringent and slightly cooling. Jasmin contains salicylic acid, linalool, and other alkaloids. These substances give the jasmine many uses as a herbal remedy: a relaxant for nerves, an astringent, a sedative, an aphrodisiac, and as an analgesic. Jasmine essential oil works as an antiseptic, an antidepressant, an antispasmodic, and more in Ayurvedic Medicine. In Ayurveda, the flowers and the essential oil are used from the jasmine plant. The jasmine flower is a symbol of compassion and love. Hence, it is often used as an aphrodisiac for women. The jasmine is also helping build up immunity, and to reduce fevers.