Jasmine Plant Essay

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Jasmine is considered a shrub or vine, most closely related to the olive family. There are around 200 species scattered around warm or tropical regions of the globe. Jasmine originates from the Far East, namely India and China. In the Himalayas it was considered sacred throughout the region, especially in India where it is the sacred flower of Kama, the god of love. Jasmine are recognized by a characteristic showy, flowering bud whose fragrance can easily envelop an entire room or garden. Jasmine are white and yellow in color; born in clusters of three flowers in some species, but also presenting in solitary branchlets in others. Jasmine can either have leaves that fall in autumn or leaves that are green all year round. Jasmine can be erect, …show more content…
Jasmine is currently being cultivated in Spain, France, Egypt, Algeria, Morocco and other countries of the world. Widely cultivated for its flowers, jasmine is enjoyed in the garden, as a house plant, and as cut flowers. In foods, jasmine is used to flavor beverages, frozen dairy desserts, candy, baked goods, gelatins, and puddings. Syrup of Jasmine is made by placing in a jar alternate layers of the flowers and sugar, covering the whole with wet cloths and standing it in a cool place. The perfume is absorbed by the sugar, which is converted into a very palatable syrup. Flowers are also used to make jasmine tea. For every 100lbs of tea, 40lbs of Jasmine are needed to scent the tea. Flowers are used in worship and for hair ornaments, often in rituals like marriages, religious ceremonies and festivals. They may be found around entrances to temples, on major thoroughfares, and in major business areas. Jasmine flower vendors sell garlands of jasmine to the public and is popular among tourists and locals alike. The bulk of flowers are used as such in garlands and decorative branches for religious offerings, and a small quantity is used for production of oils and …show more content…
The nectar of the fragrant flowers is poisonous, although its dried roots are used as a sedative in medicinal preparations. Its bitter root, ground and mixed with the powdered root of the Sweet Sedge, is in India considered a valuable external application for ringworm. Jasmine has been used for liver disease to treat hepatitis, liver pain due to cirrhosis, and abdominal pain due to severe diarrhea from dysentery. It is used to boost the immune system and fight fevers, to relieve tension, stress, and depression; and to inhibit the onset of obesity. Jasmine oil contains active ingredients that naturally fight harmful bacteria and viruses within the body and on the skin, helping to prevent sickness, irritation, fungus, and viral infections. It is a valuable oil during childbirth. It has been used for centuries by midwives to strengthen the birthing contractions and speed up delivery. It also helps to balance the new mother's hormones, especially when combined with other oils. Jasmine has skin softening properties and is beneficial to dry, sensitive or inflamed skin, especially when the condition is related to emotional

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