Hi, my loves and welcome to WiccaNow. Recently I’ve been writing about all my favourite magickal herbs and plants with this botanical witchipedia, as well as writing individual posts about the magickal properties of mint, another post about bay leaves, one about chamomile and most recently a post about the wonderfully strong psychic herb, mugwort. Today I want to continue down this path by sharing the magickal properties of jasmine with you.
The magickal properties of jasmine are varied, ranging from love to happiness to moon magick. It’s often used to strengthen or find spiritual love. Jasmine also has some medicinal benefits, which range from easing menstrual cramps and symptoms of menopause to helping relieve anxiety to helping skin conditions among others.
Disclaimer: Any medicinal benefits given here are a product of my own research and as such should not be taken over the advice of trained medical professionals. If you are ill, please go and see a doctor. Always make sure that anything you consume is 100% safe. If you are pregnant, consult your doctor or midwife before consuming something you haven’t tried before.
History of Jasmine
Jasmine, or Jasminum Officinale, is a part of the Oleaceae family. There are around 200 native species which can be found in Eurasia and Oceania. There is only one species native to Europe. Botanists believe that Jasmin originated in Persia from where it crossed the Red Sea and made it’s way to Turkey and Greece. It’s believed that this may have happened as early as 1000BC.
The word jasmine comes from the word “Yasmin” which translates to “gift from God” and it was named because of it’s amazing scent. It’s also sometimes called the Queen of the Night.
During the Sung Dynasty (960-1279AD) in China, jasmine was revered for its scent. In the 1400’s Roroyalty in Afganistan, Nepal and Persia loved jasmine so much that they ordered it be planted around their palaces. From there, it moved to Spain in the 1600s where it was enthusiastically embraced and adopted by other European countries such as Italy and France.
Jasmine is prized as a perfume but is incredibly expensive due to how difficult it is to extract oils from. It must be picked at night to prevent the sun from dissipating the scent of the flowers. If it is bruised or damaged, this may lessen the oil yield and scent so extreme care must be taken when harvesting. It takes around 7.6 million flowers to produce 1kg of jasmine essential oil.
Fun Facts About Jasmine
- Jasmine and Olive are in the same family.
- Jasmine is the national flower of a number of countries and states such as Syria, Hawaii and Thailand among others.
- Jasmine is a common ingredient in green and black tea in China. It’s quite a process to infuse the tea with jasmine. The flowers are picked before they open and then placed in a temperature-controlled room with the tea. The humidity and temperature are manipulated to trick the flowers into opening, thereby releasing their scent. The tea is left with the open flowers for up to 4 hours, where it absorbs the scent of the jasmine. For extremely high-quality teas, this process is repeated up to 7 times.
- There are now native species of Jasmine everywhere except for Antarctica and North America.
- In Indonesia, jasmine flowers represent eternal life, nobility and beauty in women. It’s a very important part of traditional wedding ceremonies and is a sacred offering during Hindu ceremonies.
- There are quite a lot of other plants with the common name of jasmine which don’t belong to the true jasmine family. Some of these contain toxic alkaloids which can be lethal even in small doses.
- Because it only opens at night, jasmine is an amazing addition to a moon garden. Read more about them in my post on witches gardens.
Medicinal Benefits of Jasmine
Common ways of using jasmine to treat ailments is in tea form or as an aromatherapy treatment. It can be diffused or better yet applied as an aromatherapy massage. There hasn’t been that many studies about the medicinal benefits of jasmine, so all of these medicinal benefits should be treated with caution.
- May be good for liver health
- Stomach problems
- May increase sexual desire
- May have anti-anxiety properties
- May help alleviate menstrual cramps
- Might help to ease the symptoms of menopause
- May help immune function
- May improve moods and help with depression
- Might help reduce the symptoms of stress
- May help with skin conditions such as psoriasis, inflammation and dryness
- High in antioxidants
Magickal Properties of Jasmin
Jasmine is a powerful magickal plant which is particularly good for magick to do with spiritual love. If you are searching for a soul mate, then jasmine is your best friend. It’s also wonderful for helping to ease a broken heart and for general love spells to do with friendship (this is also a spiritual sort of love in my opinion).
- Spiritual love
- Prophetic dreams
- Faery magick
- Moon Magick
Deities: Venus, Aphrodite, Artemis, Selene
Planet: The Moon, sometimes Jupiter
Crystals: Rose quartz, opal and moonstone
Self-love Spell with Jasmine
This self-love spell uses the magickal properties of jasmine to boost your confidence, let you see your own beauty and rid yourself of self doubt. It’s best performed on a new moon, when you have a blank slate and can set your intentions of self-love for the coming month.
This spell uses mirror magick. If you want to read more about it, check out this post on mirror magick I wrote. If you want to know more about the moon phases, check out Amythests posts explaining the moon phases and another all about moon magick. I’ve included a rose quartz crystal to amplify your feelings of self-love. Omit it if you want, but I think it adds a little extra something to the spell.
- A mirror
- A small handful of jasmine flowers, fresh or dried is fine
- A rose quartz crystal
- A ritual bowl big enough to hold your flowers
- Hot water
- Fill your bowl 1/2 full with hot water.
- Take the bowl and all the other ingredients and find a comfortable spot to sit on the floor, preferably with a view of the new moon. Place all the ingredients in front of you.
- Close your eyes and take 5 deep breaths.
- Open your eyes and place the rose quartz into the water.
- Place the jasmine into the hot water.
- Breathe in the amazing scent of the jasmine flowers. Let this scent fill you up and calm you.
- Pick up the mirror and hold it in front of you.
- While breathing in the heavenly scent of the jasmine, really look at yourself. Focus on letting go of your perceived flaws and imperfections. Don’t criticise the image of yourself that you see in the mirror. Give yourself a couple of compliments instead. Focus as strongly as you can on letting go of any negativity that you hold about yourself. Imagine it draining out of you and being replaced with love, care and understanding. Picture the scent of the jasmine filling your body and driving out any lingering negativity.
- When you feel fresh and filled with self-appreciation, look into your own eyes in the mirror and repeat this chant 3x
I am strong. I am valuable. I am infinitely capable. I love myself just as I am. So Mote it Be.”
- Put the mirror down and clap your hands 3x to end the spell.
- Repeat as often as you feel you need it.
You can actually use the crystal and jasmine-infused water in a spray bottle. Spray it to give yourself a little boost of clarity and happiness. Obviously take the crystal and the jasmine flowers out first though.
So, my dears, I hope this gives you all the information you were looking for about the magickal properties of jasmine!
Until next time,