Herb of the Season: Jasmine by Dawn "Belladonna" Thomas

Herb of the Season: Jasmine

Folk names: Moonlight on the grove, jessamin
Planet: Moon
Element: Water
Deity: Vishnu
Powers: Love, Money, Prophetic Dreams

Part Used: flower

Botanical:
The leaves are mostly ternate or pinnate; the flowers, usually white or yellow, with a tubular, five or eight-cleft calyx, a cylindrical corolla-tube, with a spreading limb, two stamens enclosed in the corolla-tube and a two celled ovary.  The common white jasmine is one of the best known and most highly esteemed climbers.  It is a native of Northern India and other Mediterranean countries and was introduced to Europe in the sixteenth century. Although it grows to a height of twelve to twenty feet, its stem is feeble and requires support. Its leaves are opposite, pinnate and dark green, the leaflets are in three pairs, with an odd one pointed, the terminal one larger with a tapering point.  The fragrant flowers bloom from June to October.  Since the flowers are mainly found on the young shoots, the plant should only be pruned in the autumn.

Lore:
Jasmine tea has been traditionally used in Buddhist rituals. Jasmine is associated with the feminine, maternal aspect of the Divine Universe, sometimes corresponded with the feminine number nine. Jasmine was held as a sacred herb of Diana of Ephesus, or Kwan Yin and even associated with Mary, the mother of Jesus. Jasmine is also used with the High Priestess card and the Nine cards in Tarot.

Usage: CAUTION - The berries are poisonous.

The flowers make a tea that calms the nerves and increases erotic feelings. To make the tea, steep two teaspoons of flowers per cup of water for twenty minutes. The dose is a quarter cup, four times a day. The oil of the leaf is rubbed on the head to heal the eyes. The syrup of jasmine flowers and honey will help with coughs and lung complaints. The essential oil of jasmine is said to help menstrual pain and lung problems.

The oil extracted from jasmine is considered one of the best for dressing a candle; burning a candle with this oil gives psychic protection and brings health to one's aura.

Jasmine is associated with quartz crystals by some modern practitioners. The magical potency of the jasmine in your herb closet can be maintained by placing a small point of quartz in the bottom of the container.

Known for its ability to promote mental creativity, jasmine helps promote new, innovative ideas. It may be included in the ritual drink or used as an incense or its flowers can be worn by the High Priestess. Jasmine should be considered an herb of choice of Dianic women.

Jasmine flowers will help you attract wealth. The scent is said to bring on prophetic dreams. The dried flowers are added to sachets and used in love spells to attract a spiritual love. The jasmine is also one of the traditional ritual herbs of the Spring Equinox.

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