Jasmine (Jasminium) is a genus of shrubs and vines in the olive family (Oleaceae). It contains around 200 species native to tropical and warm temperate regions of Eurasia, Australasia and Oceania. Jasmines are widely cultivated for the characteristic fragrance of their flowers. Its name comes from the Persian word ‘yasmin’ meaning gift from God.
The flower represents a genus of more than 200 flowering vines and shrubs of the Oleaceae family, which includes the olive tree. Common jasmine, (Jasminum officinale), also known as poet’s jasmine, is the species revered for its floral scent. The plant has been grown as an ornamental and for its highly fragrant flowers for centuries in China, Japan and throughout Southeast Asia and Indonesia. Jasmine is also the national flower of Pakistan, where it is commonly known as Chameli. You can find Jasmine inspired bouquets like “Maida Vale” at Orchidya online shop. Learn more…
I always remember my childhood house with happy memories. There was a beautiful garden, and outside my bedroom window was a jasmine vine which would open in the evenings, giving off a divine scent.
– Carolina Herrera –
An oil produced from the flowers called jasmine absolute is so prized for its scent that it’s referred to as the King of Oils. Not surprisingly, this oil is a bit pricey, not just because of its popularity but because it takes a lot of flowers to produce a small amount of oil. However, the cost of its use in perfumery and cosmetics is tempered by the fact that only a tiny amount is needed to capture the scent.
Jasmine flowers are commonly enjoyed in China as a tea, sometimes combined with green tea or black teas. In fact, “flowering teas” are hand woven from bundled tea leaves with a closed jasmine flower bud at the center, which appears to bloom as the bundle unfolds in response to steeping in hot water.
There are countless cultural and religious roles for jasmine. In India, jasmine is placed on altars, used in garlands and worn in women’s hair. Perhaps best of all, jasmine can be grown indoors as a house plant, provided the soil stays moist. The bathroom can be an ideal spot for potted jasmine, particularly if it stays cool at night.