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The Powerful Effects of Jasmine on the Brain

Updated: Jun 3, 2023

Jasmine is a beautiful flowering plant that is widely used in perfumes, aromatherapy, and skincare products. Research has shown that the scent of jasmine can have a powerful impact on the central nervous system, helping to soothe anxiety and promote relaxation. The key to jasmine's medicinal properties lies in a brain chemical called GABA. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that helps to calm the nerves and reduce anxiety. When we are feeling stressed or anxious, our brains may produce too much of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate, which can overstimulate the nervous system and make us feel jittery or tense. But when we are exposed to the scent of jasmine, the aroma compounds in the plant bind to GABA receptors in the brain and help to increase the amount of GABA available. This, in turn, has a calming effect on the nervous system and can help to reduce anxiety.

In fact, research has shown that the scent of jasmine can be so calming that even lab mice will stop moving and go chill in a corner when exposed to it. While we don't recommend emulating our furry friends, we do encourage you to take advantage of jasmine's soothing properties to help reduce stress and promote restful sleep.

At Fortitude Skincare, we believe in harnessing the power of natural ingredients like jasmine to promote wellbeing and enhance the effectiveness of our products. That's why we've incorporated jasmine essential oils and hydrosols into our moisturiser and our toner! We also have our Uplift essential oil roller than combines the relaxing scent of jasmine with the confidence boosting scent of petitgrain. Our all-natural formulas are designed to nourish and hydrate the skin while also promoting relaxation and reducing anxiety. So, the next time you're feeling stressed or tense, try applying our jasmine-scented products and take a deep breath. You may be surprised at how quickly you start to feel calmer and more centered.




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