Family ► Oleaceae.
Habitat ► Cultivated throughout India, especially in Uttar Pradesh, on a large scale in Jaunpur, Kannauj, Ghazipur and Farrukhabad for its fragrant flowers.
English ► Arabian Jasmine, Tuscan Jasmine, Double Jasmine.
Ayurvedic ► Mallikaa, Madayanti, Madyantikaa, Nava-Mallikaa, Shita-bhiru, Vaarshiki.
Siddha ► Malligai.
Folk ► Belaa, Motiaabelaa; Mogaraa (Maharashtra).
Action ► Root—emmenagogue, blood purifier. Flowers—lactifuge. Alcoholic extract—hypotensive. Leaves—antibacterial; used against indolent and breast tumours.
The leaves contain the secoiridoid glycosides, jasminin, quercitrin, iso-quercitrin, rutin, quercitrin-3-dirham-noglycoside, kaempferol-3-rhamno-glycoside, mannitol, alpha-amyrin, beta-sitosterol and an iridoid glyco-side, sambacin. The absolute contains several pyridine and nicotinate derivatives.
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