• Name : Chameli
  • English Name :Jasmine
  • Scientific Name :Jasminum officinale, J.grandiflorum


A large climbing shrub with dark green twigs and pinnate leaves, found in Kashmir at an altitude of 900 - 2700 m and cultivated throughout the country.1

Morphology Description:

It is a vigorous, twining, deciduous climber with sharply pointed pinnate leaves and clusters of starry, pure white flowers in summer, which are the source of its heady scent.2

Parts Used:            Leaf, Flower / Seed


Resin, Salicylic Acid, Alkaloid (Jasminine) and Essential Oil.1

As per Ayurveda:

Rasa (Taste)                  Bitter and astringent

Guna (Property)             Light, Soft, Unctuous

Veerya (Potency)           Hot

Vipaka (End Result)     Pungent

Pharmacological Actions:

The primary pharmacological actions of Jasmine are summarized as under:

Central Nervous System: 

i. Exhibits significant analgesic and anticonvulsant properties.3

ii. Jasmine oil exerts stimulating/activating effect that helps relieve depression and uplifts mood in humans.4

Digestive System: 

i. Oleuropein (Ole) derived from the flowers effectively blocks HBsAg secretion and reduces viremia, warranting further investigation as a potential therapeutic agent for HBV infection.5

Skin and Hair: 

i. The ointment of J. grandiflorum leaf methanolic extract improves the rate of wound healing, by enhancing the rate of collagen synthesis and also by improving the antioxidant status in the newly synthesised healing wound tissue.6


i. The leaf extract exerts antimicrobial activity against bacterial oral pathogens.7


 Skin Ulcers and Infections

Pittaja disorders


1. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India, Part-1, Vol-3.

2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasminum_officinale

3. Gupta RK, Reddy PS. Antinociceptive and anticonvulsant activities of hydroalcoholic extract of Jasminum grandiflorum (jasmine) leaves in experimental animals. Pharmacognosy Res. 2013 Oct;5(4):286-90.

4. Hongratanaworakit T. Stimulating effect of aromatherapy massage with jasmine oil. Nat Prod Commun. 2010 Jan;5(1):157-62.

5. Zhao G, Yin Z, Dong J. Antiviral efficacy against hepatitis B virus replication of oleuropein isolated from Jasminum officinale L. var. grandiflorum. J Ethnopharmacol. 2009 Sep 7;125(2):265-8.5

6. Chaturvedi AP, Kumar M, Tripathi YB. Efficacy of Jasminum grandiflorum L. leaf extract on dermal wound healing in rats. Int Wound J. 2012.

7. Nagarajappa R, Batra M, Sharda AJ, et al. Antimicrobial Effect of Jasminum grandiflorum L. and Hibiscus rosa-sinensis L. Extracts Against Pathogenic Oral Microorganisms - An In Vitro Comparative Study. Oral Health Prev Dent. 2013.

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