Along with its popularity in aromatherapy and perfumery, jasmine is also popular as an herbal tea, alone or mated with green or black tea. A perennial climbing plant with sweet, highly scented flowers, it is native to the Himalayas, and is considered sacred throughout the region, specifically in India where it is the sacred flower of Kama, the god of love. Jasmine is intertwined into bridal flowers at weddings, and woven into garlands for important guests at diplomatic functions.1
Historically, jasmine has been reputed to be an aphrodisiac. It is grown for perfumery in France, and added to alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, toiletries, moisturizing lotions, and aromatherapy oils. It is utilized in aromatherapy.