|Botanical Name ||Jasminum sambac (L.) Aiton |
|Common Name||Arabian Jasmine, Moghra (Hindi), Kundumalligai (Tamil), Mallika (Sanskrit) |
Distribution Throughout India, cultivated
Religious association The tree is associated with Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.
Uses The whole flower is used for removing intestinal worms and is also used to jaundice and venereal diseases. The flower buds are useful in treating ulcers, vesicles, boils, skin diseases and eye disorders. The leaf extracts acts against breast tumours. The oil is used for making perfumes and incense. The flowers are used to string garlands. In South India, the flowers are strung into thick strands and worn by women as an adornment in their hair.