Most people would know about the aromatic scent that comes from jasmine. However, it is not only widely used because of its nice smell, it is also often used as a herbal home remedy. From the 16th century, not long after being introduced to Europe, French manufacturers used jasmine in the manufacture of perfumes. In the east, however, jasmine has been used as a herbal home remedy since several thousand years ago. Indian Ayurvedic medicine has used jasmine for centuries as a well-known cleansing remedy. The Chinese also used the jasmine to treat many different ailments.
Jasmine plants are known to taste taste bitter, astringent and slightly cooling. It contains several different substances in it, including salicylic acid, linalool, and other alkaloids. These substances make it great for the jasmine to be used as a herbal home remedy. For instance it can be used as a relaxant for your nerves, an astringent, a sedative, an aphrodisiac, to increase milk flow, and as an analgesic. Jasmine essential oil is used for many purposes as well, including a uterine tonic, an antiseptic, an antidepressant, an antispasmodic, and more.
Ayurvedic Medicine. The flowers and the essential oil are two parts that can be used from the jasmine plant. They are known as jati and are used as a sattvic tonic. Sattvic is one of the three health elements that is important according to Ayurvedic principles and this element of the jasmine flower apparently emphasizes the nature of compassion and love. Hence, jati is often used as an aphrodisiac for women. The jasmine is also used to help build up immunity, and to reduce fevers.
Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Chinese would brew jasmine plant flowers as an infusion tea. Tea that was scented with Arabian jasmine has been made since 300 AD. In China, these flowers are known as mo li and they are widely used as a scenting ingredient. In Traditional Chinese medicine, these herbs would be placed beside heat-dried green tea, so that the green tea would absorb some of the jasmine flower scent. Nowadays, it is common to find green tea and jasmine flowers mixed together and sold commercially.
Jasmine As A Herbal Home Remedy. You can make an infusion of jasmine tea for treating fevers, infections, and urinary inflammation. The flowers can be mixed with skullcap or lemon balm to make a calming tea. This tea is excellent for relieving nerves and anxiety. Jasmine tea flowers can also be used to help treat cuts and scrapes. You can treat heat stroke, anxiety, and headaches with a jasmine flower compress. Alternatively, for massage oil, you can consider mixing almond and jasmine oil in a blend. As you can see, jasmine is a herbal remedy that is easy to make from home.
By: Evelyn Lim
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