Scientific name: Jasminum grandiflorum. Name in different languages:- English: Spanish jasmine, Royal jasmine, Catalonian jasmine, Poet’s jasmine. French: Jasmin à grandes fleurs. Swedish: luktjasmin. Sanskrit: Malati, Jati. Hindi: चमेली. Marathi: जाई. Malayalam: Pichakam.
Spanish jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum) is a creeper with white flowers that bloom during dusk and spreads good fragrance. The flowers of it can be seen even during night. They are creepers that grow up to 7 meter high, clinging on to trees and the flowers are longer than the jasmine flowers. There are many species of spanish jasmine (jasminum grandiflorum) and almost all species are cultivated. Jasminum grandiflorum is found in westerrn Himalayan regions, while Jasminum sambac is found in countries like India and Srilanka. The growth pattern of different varieties of spanish jasmine (jasminum grandiflorum) are different from each other. Some are creepers while other spread on the ground and some are shrubs. Jasminum sambac variety of spanish jasmine (jasminum grandiflorum) is widely known as madanbana, suchimallika, gundumallika etc. Jasminum grandiflorum is known by the names C O-1, C O -2, Lucknow etc. It belongs to the family oleaceae and are used in unani and ayurvedic treatments and also in the manufacture of perfumes.
Spanish jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum) is a treasure of medicinally important elements. Many esters like benzyl acetate, linolyl acetate, methyl jasmonate, are present in it. Also alcohol componennts like turpiniol, phytol etc.
The flowers of spanish jasmine (jasminum grandiflorum) are boiled in oil to get a medicine which can cure skin diseases. The ground paste of leaves of it can cure any wound and heal the pain as well. The ayurvedic medicine jatyadineyyu made with its flowers, is used to apply and consume for curing wounds. For wound in mouth, inflammation, pain etc. it is advised to take daily a table spoon full of the juice from its leaves. It improves the sexuality as well as gives good sleep. It has germicidal properties and used for treatment of disorders related to menstruation and uterus. It is a lesser known fact that spanish jasmine (jasminum grandiflorum) has such medicinal values.