Herbal Folklore & Tradition
In China the flowers of Jasminum officinale var. grandiflorum are used to treat hepatitis, liver cirrhosis and dysentery; the flowers of Jasminum sambac are used for conjunctivitis, dysentery, skin ulcers and tumours. The root is used to treat headaches, insomnia, pain due to dislocated joints and rheumatism.
In the West, the common jasmine was said to ‘warm the womb … and facilitate the birth; it is useful for cough, difficulty of breathing, etc. It was also used for problems with the nervous and reproductive systems. It is also said to have antidepressant, sedative and aphrodisiac properties.