Other Names: Royal Jasmine, Italian Jasmine, Catalonian Jasmine, Poet's Jasmine
The Jasmine, or Jessamine (the name derived from the Persian Yasmin), botanically belongs to the genus Jasminum, of the natural order Oleaceae, which contains about 150 species. About forty of these are cultivated in our gardens today.
The roots of several species of Jasminum have had various ill-defined uses in medicine as 'a proven plant' in the homoeopathic sense.
Jasmine as an Herb for Medicinal Uses
The medicinal parts of the plant are the fresh and dried flowers. The flowers are very fragrant.
Jasmine tea is drunk for its calming affect, especially after dinner, as well as for its aphrodisiacal qualities.
Jasmine oil is used in massage as it is soothing to the skin, and reported to be an aphrodisiac. It is used in aromatherapy to treat depression and nerve conditions, and as a massage oil for menstrual cramps, as well.
A palatable syrup can be prepared from the flowers:
'as an excellent medicine in coughs, hoarsenesses and other disorders of the breast, an infusion of five or six ounces of them picked clean from the leaves, in a quart of boiling water, being strained off and boiled in a syrup, with the addition of a sufficient quantity of honey.' Green, in his Universal Herbal (1832)
As essential oil is distilled from Jasmine in Tunis and Algeria, but its high price prevents its being used to any extent.
An oil made by boiling the leaves of Eastern Jasmine is used to anoint the head for complaints of the eye, and an oil obtained from the roots is used medicinally to stop the secretion of milk.
Chinese medicine: Jasmine is used for hepatitis and abdominal pain in liver cirrhosis or dysentery.
Indian medicine: Preparations are used for pain symptoms of the stomach, head, teeth and eyes, for leprosy, itching, skin disease and dysmenorrhea.
Culinary Uses of Jasmine
The flowers are intensely fragrant and are traditionally used for scenting tea.
Many people simply enjoy the taste of a hot cup of jasmine tea during cold weather. People find the taste pleasant and a nice alternative to teas made from pekoe blends.
In Borneo it is the custom among the women to roll up Jasmine blossoms in their well-oiled hair at night.
Add dried jasmine flowers to love sachets and incenses. Carry or wear the flowers to attract money. Burn jasmine in the bedroom to induce prophetic dreams.
Jasmine is sometimes used in aromatherapy during labor to help ease the labor; however, Jasmine should not be consumed during pregnancy.
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