- Jasminum spp.
- Catalonian jasmine, common jasmine, common white jasmine, Italian jasmine, jasmin, jasmine flower, Jasmini Flos, Jasminum, Jasminum grandiflorum, Jasminum officinale, jati, jessamine, mo li hua, pikake (Hawaiian), poet’s jasmine, poet’s jessamine, royal jasmine, sambac (Pilipino) , Spanish jasmine, yasmin (Persian), yeh-hsi-ming.
- Jasmine (Jasminum spp.) is a woody, perennial climbing plant that is well known for its sweet, highly scented flowers. The flowers and oil are used in perfumes, essential oils, food flavorings, and tea.
- Jasmine flower has been used in aromatherapy for depression, nervousness, coughs, relaxation, and tension. Early studies have shown that jasmine may help with alertness and memory improvement.
These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Jasmine is commonly used in aromatherapy as a relaxing, yet stimulating herb. However, preliminary study did not show an increase in alertness in subjects who used jasmine essential oil. More research is needed in this area.
In the Ayurvedic tradition, jasmine has been used to reduce the secretion of breast milk. Early human study found that application of jasmine flowers to the breast decreased breast engorgement and milk production. More higher-quality studies are needed to confirm these results.
Early human studies have not shown a benefit of jasmine scent for memory recall. More research is needed in this area.
Limited population study found that tea drinking may decrease risk of stroke; however, use of jasmine tea had less of an effect than black or green teas. This indicates that the reduction of stroke risk may not be related to jasmine. Additional study using jasmine alone is needed to make a conclusion.
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The below uses are based on tradition, scientific theories, or limited research. They often have not been thoroughly tested in humans, and safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider. There may be other proposed uses that are not listed below.
Adults (18 years and older)
- Jasmine has been taken by mouth as a tea or tincture. Jasmine essential oil is used in aromatherapy. Jasmine essential oil should not be taken by mouth.
Children (under 18 years old)
- There is no proven safe or effective dose for jasmine, and use in children is not recommended.
The below doses are based on scientific research, publications, traditional use, or expert opinion. Many herbs and supplements have not been thoroughly tested, and safety and effectiveness may not be proven. Brands may be made differently, with variable ingredients, even within the same brand. The below doses may not apply to all products. You should read product labels, and discuss doses with a qualified healthcare provider before starting therapy.
- Avoid with a known allergy or sensitivity to jasmine, it constituents, or members of the Oleaceae family, or with a known allergy or sensitivity to fragrances such as ylang-ylang, lemongrass, narcissus, and sandalwood.
Side Effects and Warnings
- When essential oils, including jasmine essential oil, are consumed orally, they are potentially unsafe as they are extremely potent and can be poisonous.
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
- Jasmine is not recommended in pregnant or breast feeding women. When jasmine flowers are applied to the breast, breast milk production may stop.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not strictly regulate herbs and supplements. There is no guarantee of strength, purity or safety of products, and effects may vary. You should always read product labels. If you have a medical condition, or are taking other drugs, herbs, or supplements, you should speak with a qualified healthcare provider before starting a new therapy. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.
Interactions with Drugs
- Jasmine may cause low blood pressure. Caution is advised in patients taking drugs that lower blood pressure.
- Jasmine may also have additive effects when taken with antifungals, anti-anxiety drugs, and diuretics.
Interactions with Herbs and Dietary Supplements
- Jasmine may cause low blood pressure. Caution is advised in patients taking herbs or supplements that lower blood pressure.
- Jasmine may also have additive effects when taken with antifungals, anti-anxiety herbs or supplements, and diuretics.
Most herbs and supplements have not been thoroughly tested for interactions with other herbs, supplements, drugs, or foods. The interactions listed below are based on reports in scientific publications, laboratory experiments, or traditional use. You should always read product labels. If you have a medical condition, or are taking other drugs, herbs, or supplements, you should speak with a qualified healthcare provider before starting a new therapy.
- This information is based on a systematic review of scientific literature edited and peer-reviewed by contributors to the Natural Standard Research Collaboration ().
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