|Botanical Nomenclature||Jasminum fruticans|
|Common Name||Common Jasmine, Jessamine, Poet's Jasmine, Summer Jasmine, True Jasmine, White Jasmine|
|Distinguishing Features of the Plant||Jasminum fruticans is a perennial, climbing, evergreen or deciduous plant growing up to 2m, with alternate, simple or trifoliate, pinnate leaves and fragrant, small, yellow flowers. The flowering and the harvesting take place from June to October. Although the flowers which bloom and are collected from August to September are more fragrant.|
|Part of the Plant with Active Substances||Flowers|
|Active Substances||Essential oil, which contains benzoic acid, linoleic acid, eugenol, geraniol, nerol, indole, linalool, farnesol, terpineol, ketones, linalyl acetate, benzyl acetate, benzyl alcohol, benzaldehyde|
|Pharmacological Effects - Therapeutic Applications||The essential oil has healing, anaplastic, antidepressant, sedative, aphrodisiac, antiseptic, emmenagogue, galaktagogue, analgesic, expectorant, antispasmodic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory and anthelmintic properties. In aromatherapy, phytotherapy and Ayurvedic medicine the plant is recommended for the treatment of hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, diarrhea, dysentery, cough, hoarseness, laryngitis, myalgias and sprains. It has a particular use against severe depression as it has tranquilizing properties and gives a sense of confidence, optimism and euphoria. Also, it is used as aphrodisiac against sexual problems such as impotence and premature ejaculation. A lot of studies have shown that inhaling a small amount of the essential oil can improve mental alertness, while at higher doses it causes relaxation. It is applied externally to dry or oily, sensitive skin, as it can increase its elasticity. Finally, it can be used against stretch marks, wrinkles and scars.|
|Method of Administration||The plant is administered in the form of herbal tea (a quantity of dried leaves and flowers in a cup of boiled water, 2-3 times a day). In aromatherapy it is administered by inhaling a quantity of the essential oil and in Ayurvedic medicine is recommended either as massage oil, or by infusing a few drops in the bathtub. It is applied externally to the skin as healing, anaplastic and soothing in the form of creams and lotions.
Warning: The use of herb preparations is not recommended without seeking advice from your physician or pharmacist. The substances they contain may interact with the subscribed drugs that the patient already takes, thus eliminating their therapeutic efficacy or inducing toxicity. They may also burden further weakened vital functions of the body thus exposing the patient to increased morbidity and life threatened conditions.
|Toxicity- Adverse Effects||No side effects have been reported. Plant's consumption must be avoided in pregnancy or lactation.|
|References||1) http://www.anniesremedy.com/herb_detail29.php#Cautions 2)http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-617-jasmine.aspx?activeingredientid=617&activeingredientname=jasmine 3)http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/j/jasmin06.html#con 4)http://ayurvedicoils.com/tag/jasminum-officinale 5)http://herbs.indianmedicinalplants.info/index.php/77-jasminum-officinale-mallika 6)http://www.essentialoils.co.za/essential-oils/jasmine.htm|