Common names: Star Jasmine, Chinese Star Jasmine, Southern Jasmine, Jessamine, Chinese Ivy
Taxonomic name: Trachelospermum jasminoides
Uses: Pain killer, increases energy, cleans the blood,
Area of origin: Southeast Asia
Star Jasmine is my favourite flower, something about it just appeals to me. There are several Jasmines but the one well talk about here is Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) which is an evergreen climber.
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 of Star Jasmine are the best parts to use, they are cooked on meals as a remedy for rheumatism.