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Night Jasmine (Harsingar, Parijat) and Its Health Benefits and Herbal Remedies

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.

Nyctanthes arbor-tristis Laos Tree

Night Jasmine

Latin name : Nyctanthes arbor-tristis

In India, it is called Harsingar and Parijat besides other regional names.

It is a sacred ornamental plant with immense health benefits

Night Flowering Jasmine vs Night Blooming Jasmine

Incidentally, another plant which flowers at night is the night blooming jasmine.The night blooming jasmine, whose Latin name is Cestrum nocturnum, is a much smaller tree which bears funnel shaped, greenish white flowers which release an extremely fragrant perfume at night.

In India it is called Raat ki rani/raatrani, literally translated as "Queen of the night".

About Night Jasmine

The night jasmine is a small tree, having a flaky look, which grows to about 30 feet in height.

It is native to Southern Asia. In India, it grows in the outer Himalayas and in Jammu & Kashmir, east of Assam, Bengal & Tripura to the Godavari in the South.

The night jasmine is also called as the "tree of sorrow" as its flowers start losing their brightness as daylight approaches.

The night jasmine flower is the official flower of the state of West Bengal.

In Hindu mythology, it is believed that the parijat tree was the result of "Samudra Manthan" or "churning of the ocean" by the devas (divine beings) & asuras (demons) for "Amrit" or "the nectar of immortality"

Leaves, flowers, seeds, the bark of this tree, all have medicinal properties and have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries.

The flowers have a sweet fragrance, are white in colour with an orange-red centre. The flowering season is from July/August to October/November.

Night Jasmine is a very important plant in Ayurveda. It is also considered very sacred and is offered in deity worship in temples. A single flowering tree makes the environment around very fragrant.

Ayurvedic rishis/practitioners of yore have enumerated numerous health benefits of night jasmine.

Interestingly, it is believed that having a harsingar or parijat tree around your house removes Vaastu dosh or counters negative elements. It is widely cultivated in parks and gardens.

Medical Use Of Night Jasmine - By Acharya Balkrishana

Health Benefits Of Night Jasmine/Harsingar/Parijat

The night jasmine plant has antihistaminic, anaesthetic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, antiulcer, amoebicidal, anti-bacterial, anthelmintic, antiviral, carminative, antidepressant, hepatoprotective, antioxidant, antifungal, diuretic, sedative, immunomodulatory, antimicrobial, astringent properties among others.

Every part of the tree has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine to combat various health conditions from times immemorial. The following are some health issues in which it is/can be used successfully.

Sciatica

It has been found that no matter how severe sciatica, a condition in which there is severe pain starting from waist to the feet that results in difficulty in walking to total incapacitation, a decoction of night jasmine leaves relieves all discomfort.

About 3-5 leaves of night jasmine to be ground and boiled in 2 glasses of water, the water then strained and taken 2 times a day daily for complete relief.

Pain & Swelling

Besides the above, any sort of pain & swelling also gets relieved by the decoction mentioned above. The affected area can also be fomented with a cloth dipped in this decoction to which some rock salt has been added.

Arthritis

The leaves, flowers & bark of night jasmine also relieve arthritis & its pain. You can use the leaves & flowers if the bark is unavailable or even just the leaves by preparing a decoction as mentioned below.

Take about 5 grams of leaves & flowers, at one time & boil in 200 ml of water. Use 2-3 flowers & the rest leaves, tender stalks and bark. Strain & drink for relief.

To relieve pain & swelling you can warm the large leaves and tie them on the affected spot.

Herbal Tea

Night jasmine leaves provide a healthier alternative to the tannin laden and harmful tea usually consumed by, most of us are addicted to and even outclass green tea in health benefits.

To make this herbal tea, take 1-2 tulsi/holy basil, 2 leaves of night jasmine & 1 flower. Boil them in water for a few minutes to get not only a lovely coloured tea but tasty tea. Do not add sugar or milk. This herbal tea provides many health benefits like giving relief from cough, phlegm, arthritic pain, constipation, to mention just a few.

Worms

Harsingar removes intestinal worms thus being especially beneficial for children who are at more risk of harbouring worms.

To remove worms mix a little mishri/rock candy in 2 tsp juice of harsingar leaves and give on empty stomach. Extract the juice from leaves by adding a little water while grinding the leaves.

Giving this once a year for a couple of days prevents the problem of intestinal worms in children.

Fever

Whether it is high fever, repeated fevers or fever that has not been controlled by other medicines, harsingar provides relief in all cases.

Take 3 grams of the bark of night jasmine tree, 2 grams of leaves & 2-3 tulsi/holy basil leaves. Boil in a glass of water and consume this decoction morning & evening daily. It provides relief from weakness & body ache as well.

Provides Strength

The flowers of night jasmine are strength-giving. Those who are weak can benefit from consuming them.

Dry flowers in shade and make a powder. Take 200 to 500 mg of this powder with rock candy or mishri every day. It provides energy & strength.

Infections

Night jasmine kills bacteria and virus thus purifying the air flowing through it. For this reason plant one around your home.

Harsingar/Parijat Information - Rajiv Dixit

Some Other Uses Of Night Jasmine

  1. The extract from flowers is used in dyeing fabrics
  2. The leaves are used for polishing wood and ivory and the bark as tannin material
  3. The essential oil from flowers is used as a perfume
  4. Wood is used for boarding as well as firewood. The young branches are used in making baskets.
  5. Used as a hedge, fencing or boundary.

To Summarize

Plant night jasmine in your home. Use its leaves, flowers, stalks to get relief from various health issues.

Though it cannot be planted in a pot if you have even a little bit of planting space in your garden, plant one. It will make your life fragrant & healthy.

Truly, having a night jasmine plant at home is like having an on-call doctor 24 hours.

References

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2017 Rajan Singh Jolly

Comments

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 13, 2018:

Peggy both jasmine & night jasmine belong to the same family but different genera. Glad you like the information. Thank you.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 13, 2018:

Thank you so much ps.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 12, 2018:

It is amazing all the reputed health benefits that can come from this one tree. I don't think that it grows here or surely people would have planted it. We do however grow other types of jasmine which are vines. They also produce a sweet fragrance when in bloom. Thanks for the information about this tree.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 12, 2018:

You are welcome...I hope to be here more often. Hoping things are well with you and yours. Once again Angels are on the way. ps

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 11, 2018:

Thank you Patricia. It is good to see you again. I appreciate your reading the article.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 11, 2018:

I had no idea that night blooming jasmine had such healing properties. I have jasmine growing in my yard in abundance but it is not this variety I do not think...it does have the lovely blooms shown in your photo though. Thanks for sharing all of this information....have not stopped by to visit in too long as so much is going on and I have gotten sidetracked...but glad I stopped today. Angels are headed your way ps

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 19, 2017:

True Dianna. This plant has awesome benefits. Appreciate your stopping by.

Dianna Mendez on December 18, 2017:

I enjoyed reading the information on this plant and its benefits. Such a pretty flower to have as a remedy for so many body ailments.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 11, 2017:

Thank you for visiting & appreciating the information Dora.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 11, 2017:

Very heartening to hear that manatita. God is kind.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 11, 2017:

I can almost smell the night jasmine flower as I look at it. Thanks for the usually interesting and helpful information you always share on these plants.

manatita44 from london on December 10, 2017:

Yes. Life is Good; God is good. Thank you so much!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 10, 2017:

Ah, Bill! As usual you are the first to comment. Yes, i have been missing you as well, my friend and I promise I will be more regular here.

Always appreciate your visit my friend and hope all's well with you & yours.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 10, 2017:

Thanks for stopping by and leaving your valuable comment Devika. I've have been missing old friends. Hope you are doing well.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 10, 2017:

Jamine for incense comes from plants belonging to the genus Jasminum. Though this also bears the name jasmine it is mainly used in Ayurvedic medicine.

Thanks for stopping by manatita and I trust you are doing bro!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 10, 2017:

Thanks Madan.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on December 08, 2017:

Thanks Jolly for an informative article.

manatita44 from london on December 08, 2017:

Perhaps it's the same Jasmine that I use for incense when meditating. It comes from India anyway. I believe I also use same in essential oils to add to the base oil for massage.

Good to read of it's usefulness.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 08, 2017:

A useful hub. The plant flowers at night, an interesting and unique plant. It sounds a helpful plant for the many health issues. I learned a lot about the benefits.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 08, 2017:

You are back, my friend. I have missed these articles. Welcome back and please, do not stay away so long!