Jasmine belongs to the large olive family (Oleaceae); the flowers are white to pale yellow and extremely fragrant. They open nightly to release their beautiful scent.
The flowers are picked and used fresh for oil extraction, as flavourings, or dried for infusions, medicated oil, pastes, and powders.
Indian Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicines feature the heavy use of jasmine blossoms and oil.
In India, the flowers and the oil have great cultural importance. They are used in Hindu ceremonies and are mentioned throughout religious texts. Traditional Indian uses include strengthening hair, soothing the scalp and improving libido. The oil is often used as an aphrodisiac, a tonic and a sensual perfume.
Since jasmine was brought to Europe in the 16th Century, its popularity has soared. In Grasse, France, a jasmine festival is held at the end of every summer, attracting visitors from around the world.
Storing dried tea next to jasmine flowers, allowing the tea to absorb the scent, produces jasmine tea. This tea is popular in China, recommended for depression and anxiety.
To make our jasmine flower infusion, we wrap the petals of Jasminum officinale in muslin and infuse them in boiled water.
Aromatherapists recommend jasmine for relieving stress and pre-menstrual tensions. It is said to relax mind and body, also acting as an aphrodisiac.
Jasmine flower infusion is a water-based ingredient, ideal for hair and skin.