Jasmine (Luo Shi Teng)
Botanical Name: Western – Jasminum officinalis, J. grandiflorum. Eastern – Caulis Trachelospermi Jasminoidis.
Jasmine is a sacred flower with a wonderful scent famed for calming and raising the spirit and healing painful abscesses and hot swellings.
Below is an overview of Jasmine, combining and interpreting the best of Western Science, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shamanism, Folklore and more. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of Jasmine.
Western Name: Jasmine
Also Known As: Mistress of the Night, Poet’s Jasmine
Organs/Systems: Liver, Lungs, Uterus
Key Western Actions & Medicinal Uses: Sedate, Aphrodisiac, Analgesic.
Pin Yin: Luo Shi Teng
Also Known As: Star Jasmine Stem, Luo Shi Teng’s literal English translation is “Collateral Stone Vine.”
Key TCM Actions & Medicinal Uses: Dispels Wind Damp/Unblocks Channels: painful obstructions, especially hot obstructions, spasms of the sinews. Cools Blood/Reduces Swelling: red, hot and painful abscesses and other toxic sores. Painful obstructions of the throat.
Parts Most Frequently Used: Flower, Dried Flowers
Flavors/Temps: Bitter, Slightly Cold
Caution: Use with caution if pregnant. Large doses of arcitiin have led to convulsions, so be aware of dosages.
History/Folklore: The name Jasmine derives from the Persian word Yasmin. The flower is sacred in India and the Himalayas. In India Jasmine is considered the essence of mystery and magic. Indian women use it to scent their hair and call it “moonlight of the grove.” The scent is known for having profound spiritual effects on some people so the oil will be rubbed on the forehead to promote feelings of well-being, optimism, and happiness.
Jasmine is the sacred flower of Kama, the God of Love in India. It will be intertwined into bridal flowers at weddings, and woven into garlands for important guests at diplomatic functions. Historically, it is considered an aphrodisiac. Pure Jasmine oil is a deep-mahogany color and very expensive. Jasmine is often used in perfumes for its beautiful and long lasting scent.
The Chinese star jasmine stem contains arctiin, which is known to be a vasodilator and lowers blood pressure. Studies also show that arctiin can inhibit contractions of smooth muscles in uterus. Good quality is green and has many leaves. In China jasmine is a symbol for feminine sweetness.
In Persia and Arabia, Jasmine is called “Yasmin” which means “gift from the God.” It is the national flower of Pakistan. On the day before a brides wedding the young girl wears a garland of jasmine and roses around her neck as sensual symbol of the purity and passion. This same garland is often given out to pilgrims on their way to Mecca and when a child begins their first study of the Quran they are presented with bunches of roses and jasmine as a gesture of appreciation and good luck.
In the Roman Catholic Church the flower is identified with the Virgin Mary, who is associated with the month of May when the flower starts blooming. The flower also came to be a symbol of God’s love and is often depicted in religious paintings of the Italian Renaissance. Brides will often carry jasmine as a symbol of love and joy.
Western – Volitale Oils, Alpha-terpineol, Benzaldehyde, Benzoic acid, Benzyl acetate, Benzyl alcohol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Jasmone, Linalyl acetate, Nerolidol, Salicylic acid, Vanillin. Eastern – Arctiin, Tracheloside, Matairesinoside, Dambonitol, Glucose, Cymarose.
Used to Flavor
Jasmine is used to flavor beverages and frozen dairy desserts, candy, gelatins and puddings.
Jasmine increases spermatozoa and helps with impotence. It also known to balance hormones.
Fresh Jasmine flowers have lots of scent. Dried Jasmine flowers have very little scent.
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