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Arabian Jasmine

Botanical Name Jasminum sambac (L.) Aiton
Common NameArabian Jasmine, Moghra (Hindi), Kundumalligai (Tamil), Mallika (Sanskrit)


Throughout India, cultivated

Religious association

The tree is associated with Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu.


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.

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