Materia Medica: Jasmine

Jasmine

 
Common Names:
  • Jasmine
  • Common Jasmine
  • White Jasmine
Botanical Names:
  • Jasminum Officinale
Actions:
  • Anti-Depressant
  • Antiseptic
  • Aphrodisiac
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Cicatrisant
  • Expectorant
  • Galactagogue
  • Parturient
  • Uterine
  • Sedative
  • Aromatic

Parts used: Flowers – picked early in the day when the small petals are tightly closed. Leaves and roots are rarely used, but may have some external uses.

Taste/smell: Sweet, floral, slightly fruity.

Dosage:
Internal –
  • Steep 1 to 2 tsp. jasmine flowers in 1 cup water. Take 1 cup per day.
  • Prepare a decoction of the leaves of Jasmine. Strain and drink one cup a day.
  • Prepare a decoction of flowers, roots, and leaves in one cup of water. Strain and drink it. Max of one cup per day.
External –
  • Bath additive…50g dried flower to 10 L water.
  • The fresh leaf juice is applied to corns and ear discharges.
  • Boil 6-7 flowers in 250 ml(8.3 oz) of water. Strain well and wet a cotton ball. Now clean your eyes with the cotton ball to help relieve conjunctivitis.
  • The root is used in the treatment of Scabies, Ringworm, Leprosy, and Acne
  • Jasmine flowers may help reduce milk secretions
    Prepare a paste of Jasmine flowers and apply it on the breasts until secretion stops.
Constituents:

There are well over 100 constituents found in jasmine oil, but the main chemical components are benzyl acetate, linalool, benzyl alcohol, benzyl benzoate, cis-jasmone, geraniol, methyl anthranilate and trace amounts of p. cresol, farnesol, cis-3-hexenyl benzoate, eugenol, nerol, ceosol, benzoic acid, benzaldehyde, y-terpineol, nerolidol, isohytol, ketone jasmone, alpha terpineol, benzyl acetate, linalyl acetate, and phenylacetic acid

Contraindications:

Jasmine is LIKELY SAFE for most people in food amounts. Jasmine may cause allergic reactions.Jasmine is also an emmenagogue and therefore should not be used during pregnancy.. Prolonged contact on the skin may cause sensitivity. Those who show allergies to spicy food, perfumes and cosmetics are most likely to react.

Drug Interactions:

No known drug interactions

 

Propagation:
  • Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
  • Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Very easy. Cuttings of mature wood in November.

 

Cultivation:

Plants are hardy to about -8°c(18°f). Climbs by means of twining. It is self-supporting and fast-growing. Any pruning is best carried out in late winter and early spring. The flowers are very fragrant and the plant is sometimes cultivated for the essential oil in its flowers, the sub-species J. officinale grandiflorum  is used. Flowers are produced on the current year’s growth and also on older wood.
Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus.

 

 


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