Jasmine for quiet confidence

Animal Laminitis
Amal and his filly
Amal and Arya 

It has been an intense week as I manage the situation – guided by nature, but at the same time holding the responsibility to keep everyone safe and sound. After a week to allow them to become familiar with each other, I took the fence down. There have been a few bite and kick marks as they sort things out, but nothing serious.

It’s not settled yet however, mainly because one of the geldings keeps trying to build his own band of mares. None of the mares really wants to stay with him though because he’s a bit of a bully. He hasn’t understood that mares will stay with the one who makes them feel safe. Bullying usually comes from a lack of confidence in my experience.

Amal has never been a leader to the best of my knowledge. He has enough testosterone to have the drive for it but doesn’t have the skill, so has a slightly worried look and raised adrenaline levels, making him even more over-reactive. So I decided to offer him some essential oils.

Jasmine absolute (Jasminum officinale)  is perfect for this situation and he inhaled it deeply when offered. I also offered Lemon (Citrus limonum) distilled essential oil. Lemon helps clear the mind and assimilate new information, balances adrenal function, builds trust in oneself and others. He had moderate interest in the Lemon.

Now, as I watch from my window Amal is standing quietly with the 3 year old from the new herd and another gelding. In the gully below, the rest of the herd naps peacefully under a tree, with one foal flat out on the ground in the middle. Result.

(Jasminum Officinale)
Element: Fire (Water)


History and Character
The star-shaped, waxy jasmine flower grows on an evergreen vine or shrub. It is native to China, northern India and west Asia and there are many varieties. The fragrance of jasmine is considered to be one of the most sensually evocative and is strongest after dark and just before dawn, which is when the flowers are harvested for oil production. Because the flowers are so delicate they must be harvested by hand, yielding only a little essential oil which is hard to extract apart from as an absolute. For this reason jasmine is an expensive item, but is indispensable in its role as a Yang balancer. Traditionally jasmine was known as a fertility herb and has been used as an aphrodisiac and to facilitate birth. It is a warming, euphoric oil that instils optimism, eases nervous anxiety, and soothes restlessness. In aromatherapy, it is known as ‘King of oils’ as, despite its sweet, floral top-note, it has a particular affinity with male hormonal and excess Yang behaviours, especially for males who act ‘macho’ to hide insecurity.

Jasmin, Jessamine, Common Jasmine.
Extraction and Characteristics
Jasmine is usually found as an absolute, from solvent extracted concrete. An essential oil is sometimes made by steam distillation of the absolute. The absolute is a thick orangey liquid.
An intensely sweet, floral top-note with a musky bottom-note.
Principal Constituents
Esters: benzyl acetate, benzyl benzoate, phytyl acetate, methyl linoleate, methyl jasmonate
Alcohols: linalol, phytol, isophytol, geraniol, benzyl alcohol
Ketones: cis-jasmone
Imines: indole
Phenols: eugenol
Analgesic, antidepressant, calmative, carminative, cicatrisant, emollient, sexual tonic, uterine tonic.
Generally held to be non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitising. Allergic reactions have been seen in some individuals. It is sometimes contaminated with the solvent hexane, used to separate the absolute from the concrete.
Principal Uses

  • Infertility
  • Impotence
  • Behavioural:
  • Sexual anxiety


  • Nervous anxiety
  • Headstrong
  • Bullying
  • Insecurity
  • Excess ‘Yang’ behaviour
  • Pushy ‘take control’ types

Think ‘Jasmine’ for:
Bullying or other hierarchy issues, especially if the animal has been left in a position of responsibility that it does not feel up to, and is nervous when separated from others.
Animals who want to take charge in a forceful manner because they are actually insecure.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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  1. This is of great help to me. I have a gelding who I have to keep by himself, yet the fence line is divided so he can tag along with the other two horses on the other side of the fence. If I put him in with the other two he charges them and turns around to double barrel them. He can be a very big bully. What your article said about being a bully made me think. For the longest time, I felt he was defensive and wanted to be the top horse. As time has gone on I have seen him display insecurity and wondered. I would like to try the self-selection with the Jasmine. Could you recommend anything else for me to try?

    1. Without knowing a whole lot more about him it would be hard to suggest oils. But if the insecurity is from past trauma, try yarrow, or angelica root. If he is fearful about other things as well, try frankincense or clary sage, do you see what i”m getting at? Looking at the whole picture will help you make a good shortlist 🙂

  2. How do I buy this? Us it anbessentialm oil ? And if so what do I use for a carrier ? I’ll be using it on my dog. Any info is greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Darlene, you can buy good quality jasmine absolute at Eden Botanicals. It’s an expensive item so it’s fine to buy pre-diluted from them. Any neutral carrier, such as cold pressed organic sunflower will work.