Nature has created every single being in this universe with the utmost mastery. Perfection is the only word that can do justice to the beauty of this world, and it’s aesthetics. One of nature’s most elegant and praise-worthy art is the irresistibly beautiful plants bearing exotic and vibrant flowers.
And when it comes to beautiful and fragrant plants and flowers, Jasmine is one of its kind.
Decoration and scent aside, this plant continues to be an essential means of many medicinal, skincare and cosmetic products. It is extensively used in perfumes and scented products. And the herbal uses of jasmine plant are undeniable.
Jasmine is quite a large family having many variations and types. All the jasmine types, however, grow in tropical and subtropical areas generally.
This article holds all the necessary information about jasmine plant and tips on growing and taking care of your jasmine plant. Give it a read and get up to speed with your jasmine know-how.
What are common jasmine plant types?
This evergreen plant bearing has the most beautiful and vibrant flowers with the most aromatic and soothing scents. Which is not confined to one species only. Jasmine plants have virtually around 200 varieties.
But the most commonly found ones could be categorized into these flowing types. Different species of Jasmine have different characteristics and different scents; some are even unscented. Based on the frequent occurrence, Jasmine has the following types:
Jasminum officinale: One of the most common type of Jasmine you would find along the garden sides or roadsides. These can also be seen growing as a beautiful plant in homes doorways and balconies. The fragrance of this plant can be observed for miles as it has a powerful scent.
Jasminum grandiflorum: This type of Jasmine is also known as the Spanish Jasmine. The plant has a strong scent, bearing white colored flowers. You can spot this variety of Jasmine throughout the year. This plant species is known to have the most cultivation among other species.
Jasminum floridum: This species is also one of the most commonly found. The flowers are comparatively smaller, and the leaves are very dense, making the plant excellent foliage.
Jasminum sambac: Popular as the Arabic Jasmine, this plant type is the most renowned for the beverages and tea making purposes. Mostly the jasmine tea is made from these species.
Jasminum nudiflorum: Winter jasmine is the other name of this plant type. Flowers have a drawback of not having an odor, but this drawback doesn’t seem to be a big one when the color of the flower is a lovely shade of yellow.
These are some of the extensively abundant types of jasmine plant, other than these some other commonly found jasmine types are Asian star jasmine, primrose Jasmine, etc.
What are the benefits of the jasmine flower?
Jasmine plant is a symbol of beauty and floral charm for many many years now. This plant can be seen in the gardens, lawns and balconies of the homes, where it adds a thousand folds of beauty to the garden. It it will not only provide you ornamental and decorative purposes, but this super versatile plant also serves many other functions too.
As it provides you with many cosmetic and medical health benefits. It has long been used for its skin and cosmetic uses. Besides the skin, it also offers other purposes too. Let’s glimpse the beneficial effects and uses of these exotic aromatic plants and flowers.
Medicinal and health care use:
The antioxidant concentration of jasmine flower makes it the perfect ingredient for weight loss beverages. Jasmine green tea is very vastly consumed all over the world. This tea is made by using dried and sometimes crushed jasmine flowers.
Cholesterol levels have shown to be reduced after the consumption of jasmine tea. That’s why many fat-loss supplements make use to Jasmine to combat stubborn fat reserves.
Jasmine works magically in lowering and controlling the body sugar levels. Hence it is an effective medication for diabetic patients.
Jasmine takes good care of your heart by providing an element “catechin”. This catechin is responsible for eliminating (LDL) low-density lipoproteins from the body. LDLs are the bad cholesterol that causes blockage of heart veins and arteries, causing heart attacks and strokes.
Automatically, it also lowers blood pressure and works wonders for hypertensive patients.
The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of this gorgeous plant render it perfect for infections, especially oral infections and thrushes. And it reduces arthritis pain and swelling because of the anti-inflammatory properties.
Body and skincare use:
The heavenly smell and aroma of this plant is a topic of talk in the cosmetic and skincare industry. You can just smell the raw flower and feel refreshed and scented.
Then, how about getting the flower processed into a skin/body care product? Interesting ..right?
Jasmine oil can be extracted from the flowers and is used either alone or in combination with other oils to make it even more fragrant. For the full skincare power of the jasmine plant take notice of these points :
Jasmine oil is prevalent in the spas and salons as an essential oil for body massages. The aroma of jasmine releases chemicals in the brain that helps the brain to calm and relax.
Jasmine reduces puffiness and sore muscles. Jasmine oil can be added to a nice warm bath to release your body from aches and pain.
The antioxidants in jasmine plant/flower produce free radicals, which is known to reduce oxidative damage in the body. This results in a slowing of the ageing process. Hence, Jasmine is an anti-ageing agent.
Lotions and creams make use of jasmine extracts to reduce acne/blisters and cuts abrasions and scars.
One of the skincare effects of Jasmine that make it stand out is its property to heal stretch marks. Many anti-stretch products are now being made with jasmine flower as an integral part of it.
Taking into consideration the super handy and super benefiting nature of Jasmine, it is the center of attention for many local and regional planting experts. Many outdoors as well as indoor arenas plant and grow their jasmine plants.
The conditions for outdoor jasmine planting is a whole new and vast topic. Here i am going to explain how you can care for jasmine plant in an indoor setting/garden or if you’re growing your Jasmine in pots.
How can you take care of your jasmine plant indoors?
Jasmine, no matter outdoor or indoor, requires proper sunlight and a warm climate to grow at it’s best. The soil should be well watered but not over poured with water and the soil should be fertile enough to provide essential nutrients for growth.
However, the indoor plant may have some aspects to consider in order to do the indoor gardening/potting. For further bettering and providing the best flowers, that you would ever grow. Indoor Jasmine plants need the above mentioned points to be taken into account.
Sunlight should be sufficient enough to flood the plant with warmth and light.
Proper ventilation is a must. Well-aerated plants grow robustly and produce more flowers.
The temperature should be kept between the range of 15 to 20°c to keep the plant cool and fresh. About 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
Soil should be porous, and compost should be added to the soil for extra drainage.
Watering conditions should be monitored, and the plant should be kept well moistened to ensure adequate development of the plant.
Remedy for Jasmine leaves drying out:
Sometimes even after you take good care of your jasmine plant, it tends to dry out. In this scenario, you have to look for the steps mentioned below to keep your plant alive.
As mentioned earlier, excessive watering can damage the plant. And to your shock, over watering can lead to drying and falling of the leaves. So in case of leaves drying out, immediately change the soil and don’t water the plant until the plant has regained its old composition back.
Leaves may also dry out due to iron deficiency. The perfect remedy for this situation would be ch elated iron fertilizers. These fertilizers contain 3-5 oz of iron per 100 sq ft soil and can build up the iron deficiency giving the plant it’s life back.
A pest infestation can also cause leaves drying. Cobwebs or aphids can be spotted and sprayed to regain the plant’s vitality.
Jasmine plant care in winter?
Lower temperatures can cause damage to the plant. Winters are the most unfavorable for the jasmine plant to survive. Hence additional care of the plant is necessary to maintain the growth of your plant.
Keep your plant pruned, shredding off the dry branches will allow more sunlight to reach the center of the plant.
Try to plant your Jasmine in a pot if you are an area with shallow temperatures.
Don’t over water your plant. It’s already winter, and your Jasmine does okay with a limited amount of water.
If you can create a warm artificial environment for your jasmine plant, you can save your plants from dying in frosting weather. The greenhouse effect can be created to make sure the proper care of your jasmine plant in winters.