Jasmine’s heady scent is said to ease stress and tension and aid sleep. Traditionally used as an aphrodisiac, it can also be used to soothe and rejuvenate the skin.
Jasmine belongs to the large olive family (Oleaceae). It is native to tropical regions of Eurasia, and Oceania, and is cultivated for its fragrant white flowers, which open at night to release their scent. The delicate flowers are harvested early in the morning when they are tightly closed. They can then be dried and ground into powder.
Jasmine is typically enjoyed as a garden plant or house plant. The flowers can be used to make fragrant jasmine tea, which is recommended in folk medicine to alleviate depression and anxiety. Jasmine has a wide range of traditional and medicinal uses: in India, the flowers are used to strengthen the hair, soothe the scalp and boost libido, and they can also be used to rejuvenate and brighten the skin.