Everything You Want To Know About Jasmine Vines
Native to Asia and found in many tropical locations, jasmine vines are lovely evergreen plants with dark green foliage and either yellow or white tiny fragrant flowers. They thrive in zones 7 through 9 but they can really withstand a lot of environmental abuse, including short periods of drought.
There are more than 300 varieties of jasmine vines, all of which are grown both indoors and outdoors. The perfume industry sees great value in jasmine but the plant also has many other uses other than simply smelling delicious.
When determining which type of jasmine vines to grow, choose a variety that will have the most success in your area and take into consideration the conditions that you have to offer as far as soil quality and lighting. When picking a spot in your landscaping for your new plants, keep in mind that jasmine really prefers full sun but partial shade is also acceptable. They will not survive if they are planted in an area that receives little or no sunlight.
Dig your holes about six inches deep and six inches away from each other. You always want to make sure that you offer your plants plenty of space for proper ventilation. Place the jasmine in the hole that you created and fill the hole back up with its original soil. You may want to test your soil for fertility and if need be, add a bit of manure and top soil prior to planting.
Your jasmine vines should be watered every other day for about five minutes at a time. They really prefer their surrounding soil to be moist however, you must also be cautious to not drown their roots either.
These plants do require weeding quite regularly and you need to provide them with a sturdy trellis for climbing. After the annual pruning, they should be fed potassium and phosphorus. Also, if you pinch the very tips of the plant off, it will not require nearly as much pruning.
The oil that is extracted from the fragrant blossoms of jasmine vines is used in an unbelievable number of products such as perfumes, soaps, shampoo, conditioner and cosmetics. It actually takes a large quantity of flowers to process even a small amount of pure oil. Ideally, the oil is made during the evening hours when the scent from the flowers is the strongest. Jasmine oil is very good for dry, chapped, sensitive or irritated skin.
Jasmine Flower Tea
Jasminum sambac flowers that grow in China and Taiwan are often used to make delicious tea. This beverage is not only refreshing but also offers a multitude of medicinal properties.
Research suggests that jasmine flower tea contains important antioxidants that work to destroy the harmful free radicals that are responsible for causing cancer. It is also reported that individuals who drink the tea who are already diagnosed with cancer can slow down the growth of the cells that are present in their body. The tea also prevents accumulation of cholesterol and boosts your immune system.
Other Medicinal Uses
The flowers from jasmine vines are also used to treat a large number of skin diseases, eye disorders, remove intestinal worms, and heal ulcers. The oil is considered an aphrodisiac and it also offers very calming qualities. The roots from the vines are very effective in treating pain from dislocated joints and broken bones. Headaches and insomnia are also comforted with this wonderful plant.
The roots and leaves can be used together to treat muscle spasms, sprains, coughs, uterine disorders, depression, labor pains, nerves and exhaustion. Literally every part of these plants can be used to either make a product or promote healing.