Scientific Names:  Jasminum grandiflorum

Common names: Jasmine

Ayurvedic names: Maalatii

Chinese names: Mo Li Hua

Bangladesh names: Shefali, Shiuli

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Annual/Perennial: Perennial

Height: upto 5 m


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Clinical Studies:

A study investigated the effect of aromatherapy massage with jasmine oil on humans. Human autonomic parameters, i.e. blood pressure, pulse rate, blood oxygen saturation, breathing rate, and skin temperature, were recorded as indicators of the arousal level of the autonomic nervous system.

In addition, subjects had to rate their emotional condition in terms of relaxation, vigor, calmness, attentiveness, mood, and alertness in order to assess subjective behavioral arousal. 

Forty healthy volunteers participated in the experiments. Jasmine oil was applied topically to the skin of the abdomen of each subject. Compared with placebo, jasmine oil caused significant increases of breathing rate, blood oxygen saturation, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure, which indicated an increase of autonomic arousal. 

At the emotional level, subjects in the jasmine oil group rated themselves as more alert, more vigorous and less relaxed than subjects in the control group. This finding suggests an increase of subjective behavioral arousal.

In conclusion, the results demonstrated the stimulating/activating effect of jasmine oil and provide evidence for its use in aromatherapy for the relief of depression and uplifting mood in humans.


Hongratanaworakit T. “Stimulating Effect Of Aromatherapy Massage With Jasmine Oil.” 2010 January http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20184043



Herb Name:  Jasmine

Other names: 

Royal jasmine, 

Spanish or Catalonian jasmine, 


Scientific name: Jasminum grandiflorum

Family: Oleaceae

Common part used: 

The flowers and oil are used in perfumes and essential oils, as well as food flavorings.

Jasmine is a beautiful flowering plant with delicate small white flowers that has a luscious scent when newly open. The delicate Jasmine flower opens only at night and is picked before dawn, when jasmine is at its aromatic peak.

Jasmine is most known for its scent and is used in perfumes and incense and the flowers are popular choice in decoration and as house plants. Jasmine is often used in aromatherapy and is said to promote romantic moods and feelings of love making the essential oil of Jasmine a popular choice in massage oils.

Jasmine is an astringent, anti bacterial, anti viral, cooling and bitter herb. It stimulates the uterus, calms nerves and is reportedly an aphrodisiac for women.

It is also used as an alternative for cancers, as well as viral and bacterial infections. Jasmine officinale is used in perfumes, as well as flavoring for maraschino cherries.

Medicinal Uses: Jasmine essential oil: Jasmine is commonly used essential oil today not only because of its luscious scent but also because of its medicinal benefits. The flower of jasmine is too delicate to be put through the distillation process used for most essential oil so they use a labor intensive method of enfleurage or through chemical extraction. Because of this special method used the oil obtained is more concentrated than other essential oils. Jasmine essential oil is quite pricey because of the enormous amount of flowers needed to produce a small amount of oil. To extract an ounce of essential oil, it needs forty pounds of flowers.

The flowers make a tea that calms the nerves and increases erotic feelings. Steep two teaspoons of flowers per cup of water for twenty minutes. The dose is a quarter cup, four times a day. The oil of the leaf is rubbed on the head to heal the eyes. Syrup of jasmine flowers and honey will help with coughs and lung complaints. The essential oil of jasmine is said to help menstrual pain and lung problems.