The Jasmine flower is a delicate highly fragrant tropical flower. It is grown all over the world for its fragrance, beauty and also medicinal properties. The name Jasmine is derived from the Persia “yasmin”, meaning a gift from God. The Jasmine flowers grow on the Jasmine plants that come in many different varieties: vines, shrubs and small trees. The Jasmine plant belongs to the genus Jasmine of more than 200 species of the Oleaseae family, which include the Olive tree.
The Jasmine flowers thrive in tropical, subtropical and warm areas of Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. The sweet-scented flowers bloom in summer or spring. They grow in clusters, followed by small berries. The Jasmine Flowers are generally white, although some species have yellow flowers. The Jasmine flower has five or six waxy petals and is about 1 inch in size. The fragrance of the Jasmine flower is more noticeable at night as the flower opens only at night after the sun has set.
The Jasmine flowers come in a variety of types including the common jasmine, the night flowering jasmine, the winter jasmine, the Arabian jasmine, the Indian jasmine, the Japanese jasmine, the Italian Jasmine, the South African jasmine, the Spanish jasmine and the Isralian jasmine.
The sweet scented flowers have many uses. The Jasmine flowers are commonly used as ornamental and cut flowers. Women of many Asian countries commonly use these beautiful flowers to weave garlands to be worn in their hair. The Jasmine flowers are also used in religious ceremonies in Asian and Mediterranean countries.
The Jasmine flowers are frequently used to make the Chinese “jasmine flower tea” as well as added to green teas. It is believed that daily consumption of Jasmine tea is effective in preventing diseases like cancer.
An oil produced from the Jasmine flowers is used in a wide range of soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, perfumes, aromaterapy and incense. The Jasmine oil is pricey and it’s referred to as the “King of Oils” because it takes a lot of flowers to produce a small amount of oil.
The Jasmine flower symbolizes love, life, happiness and hope. The Jasmine flower is the national flower of Indonesia, Pakistan and the Philippines. In Thailand, the Jasmine flower is the symbol of the mother who nurtures and gives life to her children, in the face of all the trouble she faces. In India Jasmine flowers symbolize divine hope. In China Jasmine flowers are used as an emblem for feminine kindness.
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