Symbolic And Spiritual Meaning Of Jasmine Flowers

By Mary Smith. Updated: May 10, 2017
Symbolic And Spiritual Meaning Of Jasmine Flowers

Jasmine means many things to many people. Like a lot of symbols and representations, their meaning is objective. While some see it as a beautiful flower which represents everything from purity to motherhood, it is also an invasive plants in some countries like Australia. It was initially grown in the Himalayas, China, the Middle East and India, but is now found almost everywhere. While it may be a bother to some gardens, its intense aroma and various beautiful flowers make it an ideal gift or garland for decoration. Its symbolism is as complex as the rich smell from a cup of sanpin ja (jasmine-flower tea), so let oneHOWTO present the symbolic and spiritual meaning of jasmine flowers and see why they such an evocative plant.

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Jasmine is not only beautiful and aromatic, helping to decorate our gardens and enclosed spaces perfectly, it also has several other properties. It has become an ideal ingredient for making teas and oils. While on its own Jasmine should not be ingested, the traditional infusion process of making jasmine-flower tea makes it a beautiful supplement to green and white tea. Drinking jasmine tea is great for reducing anxiety, promoting sleep and reducing stress. For many just the smell of jasmine symbolizes relaxation and stress relief. For this reason, jasmine oil is perfect for a massage to help gain a release for various cosmetic purposes.

It is likely the current use of jasmine essential oils in tea and beauty therapy derives from its original ceremonial use. Although jasmine ranges in color, the most common is pure white. This purity was used in ceremonies either honoring deities for their own purity or even asking for absolution from wrongdoing. In parts of India, in particular, bunches and garlands of jasmine are sold outside of temples just as candles might be outside of some Catholic churches. It is not only used to honor the gods, but also the dead. It is thought it can help purify the individual as they pass on to another stage of life. This is why it is symbolic of both hope and spirituality. Jasmine is also used to make Gajra garlands in India, which are worn on special occasions as a charm.

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This purity of jasmine has made it a popular symbol in Western religions also. Jasmine to many in different Christian religions is a representation of motherhood. It blooms in the springtime, especially the moth of May. This month is known to Catholics as the Month of Mary, a "month which the piety of the faithful has especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady" ( While it falls in March in the UK, Mother's Day falls on the 2nd Sunday in May for many other countries. This celebration of motherhood is represented by the jasmine itself. It is pure, beautiful and sweet, a representation of mothers. This is why we often give jasmine in bouquets to mothers at this time.

Jasmine is also linked to spring, where mother nature blooms the plants and nurtures them for the new season. For this reason many pagan religions use jasmine in their ceremonies. In Thailand, jasmine is similarly used as a symbol for motherhood, fostering both love and respect.

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Across the world, jasmine is also a symbol of affection, eternal love and sensuality. This makes it an ideal gift for a loved one, especially a partner. Its beautiful and delicious smell makes it a sophisticated and beautiful alternative. It is also used in Reiki as a flower to share love and knowledge.

A Tuscan legend says that jasmine was so special that it was only cultivated by one man who bought it from Persian traders. He kept it selfishly in his secluded garden until his beloved came into the picture. He relented his grasp over the jasmine flowers and presented her with a bouquet. The beautiful fragrance was enough to make her fall in love with him and since this time, jasmine has been ritualistically included in Tuscan wedding bouquets. Another variation tells of Cupid's desire to have the flower. He encouraged the love match between the Tuscan gardener and his mistress, resulting in the sharing of the jasmine. Jasmine is popular in wedding ceremonies across the world, not just Tuscany. As the national flower of Pakistan, it is often combined with roses for such special occasions. As jasmine symbolizes unity, it also symbolizes a break in this unity as it is common at many burials also.

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Jasmine is a flower that, in any color, symbolizes friendliness, modesty and simplicity, all because it is a beautiful plant but at the same time very simple. Therefore we can give it to someone who meets these characteristics or who will use it to decorate a simple space with beauty.

The 1947 film noir Dead Reckoning belies a darker element of jasmine. In this film, the hero Humphrey Bogart suspects the femme fatale Lizabeth Scott when he smells the smell of jasmine perfume outside the window of a crime scene. The beautiful smell of jasmine and presence of Scott show that, like the Greek myth of sirens, the smell lulls one with its beauty before bringing down the downfall of those who are entranced by it. This is partly due to the ethereal smell it can give off, especially at twilight. The summer heat, when they bloom, makes their smell all the more heady and this is when they are often collected for their essential oils to be used in perfumes. This time of dusk and jasmine aroma can be very stimulating and has many spiritual people entranced.

This leads to the idea of prophetic dreaming, something rife in Greek and Roman mythology. The Greek god Aphrodite and Roman counterpart Venus are both linked to jasmine, their purity of devotion and love being represented by jasmine. Their are many instances in classical mythology where gods and humans are "drugged" by something and led into a reverie. Blooming jasmine at dusk is said to give this ethereal feeling as if intoxicated.

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And if you're looking to brighten someone's day, illuminate a space or to honor a person who has reached an important milestone at work or in study, then yellow jasmine is your best choice. The flowers of this color have a powerful symbolism enhancing positive affection, friendship, joy and intellect. This is also why it is used as various national and state flowers. Jasmine symbolizes purity of intent, but also reconciliation and friendship. It is a good flower to give if you have fallen out with someone and want to make amends.

Jasmine is a flower which will not grow in every climate, although different jasmine cultivars have changed this slightly by making them more adaptable. This is one reason why it was thought to be so precious, as in Victorian England jasmine symbolized triumph over adversity as it struggled in the cold climate. This is why it is considered so noble by many, as well as modest and elegant.

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And if you have been given or have bought a jasmine plant and want to know how to give it all the attention and care it deserves, we invite you to consult our article how to care for a jasmine plant where you'll find the information you require on this subject.

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