Jasmine

Jasmine (Luo Shi Teng)

Botanical Name: Western – Jasminum officinalis, J. grandiflorum, J. polyanthum.  Eastern – J. officinalis, J. sambac.

Jasmine scent is famous the world over for its calming and aphrodisiac properties. It is commonly added to green and black teas for its scent and sweet flavor. Medicinally, jasmine has long been used in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) to help treat liver conditions and dysentery and Lift the Spirit.

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Below is an overview of jasmine, combining the best of Western Science, Oriental Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shamanism, Folklore, and a wide range of healing modalities. Gain a balanced and thorough understanding of the healing properties of jasmine.

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Western

Western Name: Jasmine

Also Known As: Mistress of the Night, Poet’s Jasmine

Organs/Systems: Skin, Cardiovascular, Nervous

Key Actions: Sedative, Aphrodisiac, Analgesic, Antifungal, Antidepressant

Medicinal Uses: Insomnia, anxiety, increases libido, treats depression, restlessness, impotence, lower blood pressure, stress, reduces swellings.

Eastern

Pin Yin: Luo Shi Teng/J. officinale (“Collateral Stone Vine”)

Also Known As: Mo Li Hua (Jasminum sambac)  

Meridians: Liver

Key Actions: Dispels Wind Damp, Unblocks Channels, Cools Blood, Reduces Swelling

Medicinal Uses: Painful obstructions, painful obstructions of the throat, especially Hot Obstructions, treats dysentery, Liver disease, hepatitis, cirrhosis, spasms of the Sinews, red, hot, painful abscesses, and other toxic sores. Promotes relaxation, helps fight cancer, and promotes cardiovascular health.

Basic Habitat / Botany:

Jasmine has a sweet, exotic scent. It is a perennial creeping plant belonging to the Oleaceae family. It has small dark, shiny leaves with yellow or white flowers.

Native to the Himalayas, Northern India, and Persia. Jasmine likes lots of sunshine and warm weather.

Parts Most Frequently Used: Flower, Dried Flower

Flavors/Temps: Bitter, Slightly Sweet, Slightly Cold

Caution: Considered safe when used as directed. Some people may experience allergic reactions. Use with caution if pregnant. Large doses of arctiin, a compound found in jasmine, have led to convulsions, so be aware of dosage.

Key Constituents: Volatile Oils, Alpha-terpineol, Benzaldehyde, Benzoic acid, Benzyl acetate, Benzyl alcohol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Jasmone, Linalyl acetate, Nerolidol, Salicylic acid, Vanillin, Arctiin, Matairesinoside, Dambonitol, Glucose, Cymarose.

History/Folklore: The name Jasmine derives from the Persian word Yasmin. In Persia and Arabia, Jasmine is called “Yasmin” which means “gift from God.” It is the national flower of Pakistan and on the day before a bride’s wedding, the young girl wears a garland of jasmine and roses around her neck as a sensual symbol of 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.

The flower is also 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 the “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. It is used in Ayurvedic medicine to suppress lactation.

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 is very expensive. Jasmine is often used in perfumes for its beautiful and long-lasting scent.

In the Roman Catholic Church, the flower is identified with the Virgin Mary, and is associated with 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.

Jasmine contains arctiin, which is known to be a vasodilator and lowers blood pressure. Studies also show that action can inhibit contractions of smooth muscles in the uterus.

Do not confuse Chinese star jasmine (a.k.a. confederate jasmine/Trachelospermum jasminoides) or Carolina jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) are both toxic and not recommended for use.

Good quality jasmine is green and has many leaves.

In China jasmine is a symbol of feminine sweetness, forever love, divine love, purity of the soul, compassion, empathy, and spiritual awakening.

Jasmine is one of the holy flowers of Buddhism, often depicted in images of the Buddha In Buddhism, it is a reminder to practice mindfulness and demonstrate purity of intentions through every word and action. Its scent can transport you to higher realms, supporting meditation and relaxation.

In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) jasmine is well known for treating liver disease, pain due to liver scarring (cirrhosis), dysentery, preventing cancer and strokes, and helping alleviate anxiety. It is often used for its aphrodisiac and sedative properties.

Jasmine tea is primarily made with the leaves from Camellia Sinensis, the same plant used to make a variety of black, white, or green teas. Jasmine blossoms, either J. officinale or J. sambac, will be added to these tea bases for their scent and sweet taste. Scented jasmine tea is one of the most popular teas in China. It is famous for supporting healthy skin, preventing cancer, improving brain, heart, and gut health, and helping to regulate blood sugar levels.
The flowers can be harvested in late summer at noon, when temperatures are at their highest, helping to keep the buds closed and tight. Or the blossoms may be harvested at night when they are said to be at their most open and contain the most scent.

As a culinary herb, only common jasmine (Jasminum officinale) is edible. False jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens) is a completely different genus and is considered too poisonous for consumption. Jasmine flowers have a nice sweet flavor that is well paired with citrus and berries. Its hint of bitterness is enjoyed with macarons and palmiers. The flower’s floral scent is often paired with shellfish dishes in recipes such as Tom Yum Goong.

Several cultures smoke jasmine flower either by itself in a pipe, bong, or vaporizer at around 215℉ – 300℉ or it can be added to tobacco. Traditionally, it has been used in this way to reduce anxiety and boost mood. The dried flowers can also be burned at altars to calm and focus the mind.

Jasmine attracts bees, butterflies, and birds into your garden. Its scent can also repel mosquitos.

Did you know?

Used to Flavor

Jasmine is used to flavor beverages and frozen dairy desserts, candy, gelatins, and puddings.

Facts

Balance Hormones

Jasmine increases spermatozoa and helps with impotence. It is also known to balance hormones.

Fun fact!

Special Note

Fresh Jasmine flowers have lots of scents. Dried Jasmine flowers have very little scent.

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