Jasmine has been cultivated for centuries for its delicate white flowers and heady floral scent. It is regarded as one of the most mystical of all flowers. Jasmine hails from the Middle and Far East, where it once graced palace gardens and inspired poets. The name comes from the Persian “Yasmin,” meaning fragrance. In the language of flowers, Jasmine symbolizes purity and grace. The flowers bloom in the evening, leading to colorful nicknames for Jasmine such as “Queen of the Night,” and “Moonlight on the Grove.”
In the Witch’s pantry, Jasmine is available as dried flowers and as a scented oil. The dried yellow-white petals do not hold much fragrance, and are instead used for their symbolic power. Jasmine tea is made by infusing green or white tea leaves with Jasmine, and is excellent for divination.
For Witches who want to keep it all-natural: Good luck. Almost all Jasmine oils and Jasmine-scented products contain synthetics. The volume of tiny flowers needed and the fragility of the fragrance makes Jasmine one of the most expensive essential oils in the world. At hundreds of dollars per ounce, the extracted essence of Jasmine is not readily available except to high-end perfumers. (And there are a lot of misleading products on the market.)
Fortunately, natural Jasmine fragrance is composed primarily of benzyl acetate, which can be synthesized in a lab. Many Jasmine oil blends are very good and will allow you to enjoy this marvelous fragrance without going broke.
Jasmine is used in aromatherapy for its relaxing effects. Both Jasmine and its chemical substitutes have been shown to have a calming effect on mice.
Magickal Uses of Jasmine
No “maiden/whore” complex here: Jasmine has the special honor of being chosen for sensual and spiritual workings alike. Its two main uses are love spells and divination.
An undisputed Lunar herb, Jasmine is an appropriate choice for all manner of moon magick: Prophecy, dreaming, attraction, and so on. Jasmine especially corresponds to the Waxing Moon. Like the Maiden, its beauty is intoxicating and its bloom is brief. It is used in love-drawing magick, and is said to attract spiritually pure love (as opposed to spicy flings).
Jasmine may be burned, carried, scattered, or added to dream pillows and baths. It makes a perfect anointing oil for receptive/feminine tools like scrying mirrors and chalices. Respect the mystery of this ancient flower, and it will reward you with clear vision and deep love.
Spells and Formulas with Jasmine
Put the blossoms inside a dream pillow to induce prophetic dreams.
Add dried Jasmine to Lunar incenses, mojo bags and spell bottles.
Crystals may be cleansed and charged by placing them in a bowl of Jasmine. Alternatively, pass them through the smoke from Jasmine incenses.
A Jasmine flower, carried in a locket or sachet, is said to inspire confidence and inner beauty.
Dab a little bit of Jasmine oil on your third eye before meditation or psychic readings.
A ritual “marriage” of Jasmine and Holly will attract a new passionate love affair, or cement an old one.
There are no known hazards of using Jasmine. As with all fragrances, dilute concentrated oils before applying them directly to your skin.
Scent Profile: White Floral, Sweet, Musky, Green
Correspondences: Water, Moon, Feminine
Occult properties of herbs are provided for historical interest only, and no outcome is guaranteed. Nothing on this website should be taken as medical or legal advice. Please use herbs responsibly.