Jasmine must be one of the favourites among all the herbal remedies. The plant’s name has become the synonym of fragrant wellness provided relaxing tonic properties. No wonder its name is translated as “gift from God” from Arabic.
Jasmine comes from the Oleaceae (Olive) family and its genus Jasminum grandiflorum counts more than 200 species of climbing vines and shrubs. Due to high popularity, the plant is found growing almost in every part of the world.
Jasmine is a flowering perennial shrub, a woody climber that grows 15 m high and often intertwines with plants growing nearby. It produces nice-smelling white flowers with sweet fragrance. They are followed by the black berries that ripen as jasmine fruits.
Native to the old world (Africa, Asia, Europe), jasmine is now cultivated anywhere in the world, grown in pots indoors. Coming from tropical areas, the plant prefers a lot of light (although not direct sun rays), frequent watering, and moderately fertile soil. The shrubs are preferably to be planted from June through November and kept apart with the distance of about 8 feet. Molds of the leaves added to the soil enhance the growing of the plant.
Jasmine is generally cultivated for the flowers. The latter are hand-picked at night, when opened. In this way the valued aroma is preserved, until the sun has not taken it away. Flowers and oil extracted from flowers are the common compounds in aromatherapy preparations, essential oils and perfumery. Jasmine leaves are also used for sedative teas.
Dry and fresh jasmine flowers and leaves are blended into massage and bath oils, creams and lotions, washes, infusions, vaporizers, liniments, burners and teas. Any market or herbal store will offer at least one or couple products containing jasmine extracts.
Among more than hundred active compounds in jasmine, those defining herb’s properties are benzyl alcohol, benzyl acetate, benzoic acid, alpha-terpineol, linalool, methyl anthranilate, eugenol, phytol and vanillin. These chemicals provide ant-viral, anti-bacterial, astringent and bitter properties. Jasmine is used as aphrodisiac, nerves tonic, and as a stimulant for the uterus function.
Herbal medicine has a long history of jasmine use for a variety of conditions. Ancient herbalists knew the powerful tonic effects of the flower and widely used it as aphrodisiac and in aroma bathes to calm nerves and soothe the skin.
Cooling effects of jasmine preparation provide relief in handling the irritated skin from sun exposure or in fever, in this case it is helpful to drink jasmine tea or apply herbal compress.
Calming jasmine tea is good for depression and stress; it provides antispasmodic effects for women with menstrual cramps, helps balancing hormonal levels.
Syrup prepared from jasmine flowers is effective for cough relief, as well as for other lung conditions and inflammation.
Jasmine anti-viral properties make effective against intestinal worms, jaundice and venereal diseases.
Precautions in consuming jasmine are related to women who are looking for getting pregnant - the herb's astringent properties might interfere with this intention.
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