Beat the summer heat with Arabian Jasmine



Plants that wake when others sleep. Timid jasmine buds that keep their fragrance to themselves all day, but when the sunlight dies away let the delicious secret out to every breeze that roams about.  -Thomas Moore

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Imagine you after a busy day sitting on a balcony or garden and with sunset every breeze bringing you the fragrance that can give you an aromatherapy naturally; relaxing your mood; relieving your stress. Arabian Jasmine can do that.

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Botanically known as Jasminum sambac, Arabian Jasmine is a plant belonging to family Oleaceae known by different vernacular names like Mogra, Mugra etc. It is native to India and the name Jasmine is originated from the Persian name ‘Yasmin’ which means a fragrant flower.

Traditional Ayurvedic healers use the flowers of Jasinum sambac to balance “Tridosha” (These keep your body functioning normally), the fresh juice of the ground flowers is used in treating sores, itching, and wounds.

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The Traditional Chinese System of Medicine has been using Jasmine sambac in the treatment of diarrhea, tumors, conjunctivitis, skin ulcers, dysentery, and fever.

The native Chinese medicine practitioners use the roots of this plant in curing severe pain, headache, insomnia and pain and inflammation due to broken bones or dislocated joints mainly attributed to the analgesic, anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties of this aromatic herb.

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In rural India, two to three flowers are just kept in earthen water container making normal water a scented one and it is believed that consumption of this water would beat the body heat in summers.

Aroma-therapists use the Jasmine flower for its heavenly fragrance as an antidepressant and relaxing herb which also helps with dry or sensitive skin and tiredness. In vapour therapy Jasmine oil can be used for addiction, depression, nervousness, coughs, relaxation and tension.

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The dried Jasmine flowers are used in making herbal tea in China and fresh Jasmine flowers are used in making ceremonial garlands, crowns and other decorations on special occasions and as offerings to God in India, Indonesia, and Philippines.

Jasmine flowers are worn as hair ornaments by Indian women especially after marriage for its natural aphrodisiac, euphoric and sensual properties. This natural stress reliever plant with heavenly fragrance is a must-have plant for your garden.

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