Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)


 

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A cluster of Star Jasmine flowers

 

Star Jasmine is my favourite flower, something about it just appeals to me. There are several Jasmines, the two well talk about here are Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides)  which is an evergreen climber and Sampaguita (Jasminum sambac), a flowering shrub.

Star Jasmine is mostly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and other Asian modes if healing. Here it is used as a pain killer for treating pains caused by rheumatism, inflammation and spasm. In herbal terms, it is an alterative, or blood cleaner. It cleans congestion and eases restriction of flow of blood and energy. As a blood cleaner, it is useful for painful sores and rashes, two symptoms of ‘dirty’ blood.

Easing the flow can increase one’s energy, so Star Jasmine is counted on as a tonic too. It can expel the heat of fevers and cause perspiration (which is another sign of its cleaning effects).

Jasmine is usually used in combination with other plants such as Echinacea and Dandelion as it eases the flow of energy and allows these herbs to work at their best.

The flowers stems and leaves are the best parts to use, though they are cooked on meals as a remedy for rheumatism.

 

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Close up of a Star Jasmine flower…if only you could smell it!

 

Sampaguita is used as an anti inflammatory and anti depressant. When I was in the Philippines, I saw it used in every religious activity and every celebration. It’s white purity, soft petals and beautiful smell can really be uplifting and add a touch of sanctity and peace to any activity.

Tea made from Sampaguita petals is used for headaches and cough and diarrhoea in the Phippines.

 

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Peace inducing Sampaguita