The jasmine plant produces tiny white or yellow fragrant flowers. Known by botanists to have grown in warm, temperate areas in the old world, jasmine held a symbolic place in many ancient cultures and is still held in high regard today.
The jasmine flower is thought to have originated in the Himalayas in western China and Tibet. Reference to the jasmine flower can be found in ancient Chinese, Persian and Egyptian writings. The flower was revered by royalty in China and traded along the Silk Road.
Some historical uses of the jasmine flower include fragrant oil and mixed with green tea leaves to make jasmine-flavored tea. The jasmine plant is commonly used in personal gardens and as houseplants because of its fragrant flowers.
The jasmine flower is known for its subtle beauty and aroma. Jasmine is the national flower of Indonesia, Pakistan and the Philippines. It is also a popular name for girls in Persia and, in some derivations, in the Middle East.