Jasmine belongs to the Genus ‘Jasminum’ and includes over 200 species of plants, most of which originated in tropical and sub-tropical areas.
Its name comes from the Persian word ‘yasmin’ meaning gift from God.
Flowering in Jasmines takes place in summer or spring which is usally six months after planting. The Jasmine flower releases its fragrance at night after the sun has set and especially when the moon is waxing towards fullness. Jasmine flower buds are more fragrant than the flowers.
Jasmine originated in the tropical regions of Asia but is now grown worldwide. While tropical Jasmine will not survive in temperate regions, some modern varieties do.
Cultivated versions are also sold as houseplants. Many gardeners add jasmine to flower gardens or grow them in pots on the deck or patio to scent the night air.
Jasmine is used as a fragrance in perfumes, soaps and lotions and is even used to add its rich scent to jasmine tea. Jasmine tea isn’t really made from jasmine. The tea is brewed from green tea, and then infused with the fragrance of jasmine.
Jasmine is believed to be both an antidepressant and an aphrodisiac making it a popular scent in the bedroom. Jasmine is also thought to be a sedative and sleep aid.