Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)

Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)

Other common names: Common jasmine

*There are several other species of jasmine, some of which used for similar purposes, particularly in aromatherapy.

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Family: Oleaceae

Actions:

Aromatic, liver tonic, astringent, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, bitter, appetite stimulant, lowers progesterone, sedative, aphrodisiac, antispasmodic.

Harvest:

Flowers are harvested soon after opening – always at dusk, when the oils are most potent.

Part used: Flowers

Constituents: 

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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Tannins, ketone jasmone, alpha terpineol, indol, linalol, linalyl acetate, phenylacetic acid, and others.

Indications:

Diarrhea, liver health, abdominal pain, poor appetite, indigestion, inflammation of the digestive tract, PMS, excess progesterone, infertility, lack of libido, female hormonal imbalance, tension headaches, chronic stress, fatigue, anxiety, skin conditions, depression, muscle spasms.

Medicinal preparations:

Internal

Jasmine flowers are most commonly used in a tea infusion. Less commonly, they can also be used to make tinctures and capsules.

External

The flowers can also be used in poultices, washes and ointments. Jasmine is perhaps most famous for its place in aromatherapy, as one of the most complex and beneficial fragrances in nature. The essential oil can be used in massage blends, ointments, creams and perfumes.

Contraindications:

Do not use in medicinal quantities if pregnant or nursing (culinary use is safe for most). Consult with a doctor prior to use if you are taking medications, and stop taking two weeks prior to a scheduled surgery.

I suggest consulting a pharmacist or physician before starting any herbal supplement if you are taking a prescription medication or have serious underlying health concerns.

Energetic/traditional use:

Despite its use for female hormone balance, jasmine has historically been considered a male-oriented plant. It’s been known to boost the sex drive regardless of gender.

Energetically, jasmine is used to promote vigor and vitality. It attracts love, and encourages the passionate pursuit of eroticism. It counteracts apathy and motivates action.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is intended as general education on herbs and is not intended to take the place of medical care. Please consult a health care professional before embarking on any health regime.

 

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