Jasmine is a plant of the olive family, of the shrubs and vines genus. Found in tropical to warm temperate climates, jasmines are native to Australia, Eurasia and Australasia. The jasmine flower is an inch in diameter, has berry fruits, is white or yellow in color, and is pleasantly fragranced. These jasmines are great additions to gardens and homes to add natural scent to the air.
Because of its aromatic scent, it is widely used in perfumes, soaps, incenses, and oils. Added into foods and beverages, it enhances the aroma and simultaneously contributes numerous medicinal benefits to the body.
Benefits of Jasmine
The flower of the plant is used to make medicine. It is used in treatment of liver disease and the pain associated with it. Additionally, jasmine helps ease abdominal pain associated with dysentery. Jasmine is used to naturally increase sexual arousal and to treat cancer.
The jasmine flower has relaxing properties that increase concentration and focus the mind. The aroma acts as an anti-depressant, as it releases serotonin in the body that boosts energy levels and improves mood. The scent acts as a sedative and makes falling asleep and waking up refreshed easy.
It has scar healing properties, as well as antiseptic properties that fight infections, heal wounds and reduce swelling, inflammation and pain. On the skin, it treats acne, eczema, and dermatitis.
How to Use Jasmine
Jasmine products are commercially available, or you can choose to purchase the flowers. Make an elixir by boiling water in high heat, and then simmering it uncovered in low heat for fifteen minutes. Refrigerate until needed.
Jasmine oil, applied directly on skin or used for relaxation purposes, can also be bought commercially or made at home. To make at home, bruise the jasmine flowers to release fragrance and store in jar filled with base oil overnight in a dark place. Strain the flowers, and repeat the process until you are satisfied with strength and aroma.