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Jasmine Flower Plants: Tea and Symbolism With Pictures

Radhika owns a big flower garden in her native place in Kerala where her family has planted several species of flowers.

It’s evening time………. the courtyard sparkled with the matured jasmine buds…… girls of the household went to pluck them and to string.………their hairs got adorned with jasmine strings.

Jasmine plants

Jasmine plants are mostly climbing shrubs or vines and are easy to grow. They are deciduous, but some plants are evergreen. They bear flowers from spring to fall whereas Arabian jasmine plants flower throughout the year. The leaves are born alternate and the flowers are about 2.5 cm in diameter. Jasmine flowers are starry and are seen in cymose clusters with a minimum of three, but can be single at the end of the leaflet. The number of petals can be from four to nearly nine, single or double. The sepal looks bell-shaped and jasmine flowers are extremely fragrant.

Jasmine bush

Jasmine bush scents a garden with its own fragrance. Under sunlight or partly shaded regions, jasmine bush can be grown fairly well. In India, especially in South, Jasmine bush is an essential gardening flower. Girls of household pluck these heavenly scented matured flower buds from the bush in the evenings, tie up together and adorn their hairs. A typical jasmine bush can be compared to a galaxy of white stars in the sky.

Jasmine tea


Jasmine tea was introduced in ancient China that absorbs aroma from jasmine flowers. This scented tea is very sweet and fragrant which has green tea as the base. But white or black tea has also become a common base today for blending with jasmine. Matured jasmine buds plucked in the evenings are put in contact along-with the base tea. By midnight, buds bloom and spread the fragrance among the tea. The tea absorbs the flavor and aroma of jasmine flowers and this repeated processing for about 4 to 6 times makes a whole jasmine tea. Chinese give a prominent place to jasmine tea by serving it to show their welcoming gesture to guests.

Symbolism

Jasmine is the national flower of many Asian countries. Its heaven like fragrance is said to bring auspicious occasions. Jasmine flowers are procured from distant places to adorn wedding ceremonies and to garland various deities in temples. These romantic flowers are the symbols of love, hope, attachment, affection and motherhood. Feminine beauty is best expressed through the graceful jasmine flowers. Jasmine name is widely used for naming girls in Asia too. The brides in South India are bound to wear jasmine strings and garlands as a customary of the marriage. The jasmine flowers of ‘Madurai’ called ‘Madurai Malligai’ are very popular among those in the state of Tamil Nadu.

In Indonesia, strings of jasmine flowers intertwined intricately are used to adorn the bride’s hair. For them, it is the flower of life, beauty and festive wedding. In Cambodia, jasmines are offered to Sri Buddha as homage. In China, jasmine flower is processed to make tea. In Hawaii, jasmine flowers are strung to make lei.

In my home in Kerala, my mother used to plant different varieties of jasmine that are called ‘Mulla’ in Malayalam. She was very fond of them and she wouldn’t pass a single day without plucking them to string. It is like a custom that married women would lead a long, blissful married life if they adorn their hairs with jasmine strings.

Chinese folk song of jasmine flowers

Jasmine tattoos

Flower design tattoos are mostly preferred by the women folk. ‘Jasmine’ meaning ‘gift of God’ tattoo represents the pure love. The behavior of a jasmine tattoo wearer should be like the aromatic jasmine flower. Jasmine tattoos are the symbolic representation of attachment, passion and amiability.

Jasmine tatto on foot

Jasmine tatto on foot

Arabian Jasmine

Arabian jasmine is the English name for jasminum sambac, native to South and Southeast Asia. It is cultivated mainly for its sweet fragrance. There are numerous cultivars of Arabian jasmine. Some of them are ‘Maid of Orleans’, ‘Belle of India’, ‘Grand Duke of Tuskany’ and ‘Mysore Mulli’. Arabian jasmines are being grouped into these categories depending upon the nature of the petals and leaf shape.

There is a Malayalam quote “Mullapoombodiyettu kidakkum kallinum undamoru sourabhyam” meaning the stone lying near to a jasmine flower also becomes fragrant!! The attachment of jasmine flower is best expressed through this proverb.

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© 2013 Radhika Sreekanth

Comments

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on July 24, 2013:

Hi denden mangubat,

Yes, jasmine flower is Philippines' National flower. Thanks for adding to the discussion.

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on July 24, 2013:

Hi Thelma Alberts,

Nice to hear that you like jasmine flowers. Your home would become fragrant and lovely with the emanating smell and starry appearance of these divine flowers. Thanks for the votes and share. :)

denden mangubat from liloan, cebu, philippines on July 24, 2013:

Here in Philippines we called it Sampaguita our national flower.it has a lovely smell.

Thelma Alberts from Germany on July 24, 2013:

I love the smell of jasmine flowers. From tea, essential oil, hair decorating and perfume. I´m planning to plant jasmine flowers under my window next time I´m home again. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared;-)

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on March 06, 2013:

Thanks lethag for the positive feedback. I'm glad that you love it.

Letha G. from USA on March 06, 2013:

I love the smell of jasmine..very nice hub..

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on March 04, 2013:

Thanks MarieAlana1 for making such a nice comment.

Marie Alana from Ohio on March 04, 2013:

Very beautiful pictures for this hub! Great job!

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on March 02, 2013:

Hi Movie Master,

Thank you so much for your lovely comment on jasmine flower and it's indeed a heavenly flower. Thanks for the vote and share. Take care.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on March 02, 2013:

I love the smell of Jasmine, a beautiful flower and a beautiful hub, thank you, voted up and shared.

Best wishes Lesley

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on March 01, 2013:

Hi always exploring,

The scent of jasmine is immortal. Thank you for making such a lovely comment and many many thanks for the votes too. Take care.

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on March 01, 2013:

Thanks Prasetio for opening your mind here. I'm glad that you liked the pictures and found them beautiful.

Radhika Sreekanth (author) from Mumbai,India on March 01, 2013:

Hi livingsta,

Jasmine plants can be seen in almost all homes of South India. Their heavenly fragrance adds to their beauty .

Thanks for the positive feedback and share.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 01, 2013:

I love the scent of jasmine. The picture of the bride is beautiful. You presented a lovely hub. Thank you..Voted up..

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 01, 2013:

Wow.....you have a great hub here. I learn much about Jasmine flowers and I really enjoy all the pictures here....beautiful. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!

Prasetio

livingsta from United Kingdom on March 01, 2013:

I love the smell of Jasmine flowers. Their fragrance just fill the evening air in the garden! I have also tasted jasmine tea, which is very refreshing!

Thank you for sharing this hub. Nostalgic :-)

Voted up and sharing!

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