Health Benefits of Osmanthus Essential Oil

Osmanthus fragrans is the native herb of East Asia and widely used in Asian countries especially in China.

It is also known as Sweet Osmanthus and used to sweeten jams, liquor, cakes etc. It has a typical aroma and that’s the reason for its popularity in aromatherapy.

Due to its rich aroma & sweet nature, Osmanthus leafs are being used in tea bags.

Osmanthus absolute oil has a strong aroma which resemblance of apricots or peaches. Along with its sweet nature Osmanthus has some smokey aroma.

Oil extracted from this herb has medium viscosity and shows the yellow & golden brown color. Osmanthus essential oil is quite expensive as it takes almost 6K to 7K pounds of its flowers to extract around 30 to 35 ounces of this essential oil.

With such a high cost, people tend to use it in small quantities. Also, it can easily blend with many other oils and can still provide its benefits due to its strong aroma.

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Properties of Osmanthus Essential Oil

Appetite Suppressant

In 2013 researchers published a scientific study about osmanthus tea in the Journal Scientific Reports. They found that aroma of osmanthus helps to reduce the appetite. During this study author able to found that the Osmanthus aroma can suppress the ‘Neuropeptide Y’ which is appetite stimulating chemicals within the brain.

They also found that at certain extend; inhaling Osmanthus aroma can trigger mild sedative effects.

Anti-microbial

Osmanthus essential oil has strong antimicrobial properties

A study evaluated the effectiveness of Osmanthus oil against the Staphylococcus aureus & Bacillus cereus, using agar disc diffusion method.

During this study, it is found that this essential oil has strong antimicrobial properties. It shows the inhibitory effects against the Gram +ve (as well as some Gram -Ve) microorganism especially against the Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus & Salmonella Typhi. (1)

Antidepressant

Osmanthus is a rich source of polyphenol compounds.

These polyphenol compounds work as an antioxidant as well as bio-modulating agents. Though through research needs to be done on how these polyphenols act as an anti-depressant. Researchers believe that natural polyphenols do play the role to relieve the stress, exhaustion, mental fatigue and depression. (2)

Osmanthus also helps in relieving physical stress by relaxing muscles and calming down the nerves to certain extend

Apart from these major benefits Osmanthus essential oil also has other beneficiary properties and it acts as an antioxidant, expectorant, muscle relaxant, aphrodisiac and stomachic.

How to use Osmanthus essential oil?

This oil can be used individually or can easily blend with many other essential oils.

Massage oil blend

Foot MassageIt can be used as a muscle relaxant and help to sooth the sore muscles when used for body massage.

Add 4 to 5 drops of this oil to a carrier oil and mix well. Use this mixture to massage the tired muscles and relieve muscle soreness as well as body pain caused by over-exertion.

Anti-Cold Inhalation

Osmanthus fragrans has proven anti-microbial properties and work as a mild expectorant.

Osmanthus Essential Oil Steam InhalationTo use it as an anti-cold agent one should either sniff it directly from the bottle for a couple of seconds (twice or thrice a day) or add a drop on the handkerchief and inhale on the go.

Another method to inhale this oil is to add 2 drops to the large pot of boiled water and mix well. Once it gets mixed with hot water, inhale the steam through the nose by leaning over the pot. This will help to soothe your nasal passage as well as work as an expectorant.

Make sure to keep a safe distance from the pot so that steam of boiled water does not burn your face & do not forget to close your eyes.

Another relaxing way to use this oil is using the mixture of 10 drops of carrier oil and 2 to 3 drops of Osmanthus essential oil in your bath tub.

Dr. Sachin
 

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