Medicinal uses of Yellow Jessamine

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Yellow Jessamine Quick Facts
Name: Yellow Jessamine
Scientific Name: Gelsemium sempervirens
Origin Subtropical and tropical America: Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico (Chiapas, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Puebla, Hidalgo),[3] and southeastern and south-central United States (from Texas to Virginia)
Shapes Oblong capsule, about 1 inch long
Taste Bitter
Yellow Jessamine is a climbing vine inherent to the Southeastern United States. It is also known as Poor man’s rope, Carolina Jessamine and Yellow Jasmin. Abounding throughout North America, from Vancouver to Florida. The beautifully woody climber with its yellow flowers in March through May has an agreeable odour, and is cultivated as an ornamental vine. The plant has a twining stem with perennial leaves, which are dark green above and pale beneath. The roots are numerous, tough and splintery, containing Gelsemium as its active principle, also fixed oil, acrid resin, yellow colouring matter, a heavy volatile oil, a crystalline substance, and salts of potassium, lime, magnesia, iron and silica. The yellow flowers bloom in late winter or early spring.

Plant description

Yellow Jessamine grows to the height of 3–6 m (9.8–19.7 ft) when provided suitable climbing support and lustrous or dark green. Flowers form in clusters. Individual flowers are yellow with orange center, trumpet shaped, about 3 cm (1.2 in) long and 2.5–3 cm (0.98–1.18 in) broad. Flowers are stongly scented and produce nectars which attracts pollinators.

Health Benefits of Yellow Jessamine

1. Cure for sore throats

Yellow Jessamine might be helpful for those suffering from sore throats.

2. Acute influenza

Sore throat may be a symptom of acute influenza. Other symptoms are fever, chills, weakness and headache. Yellow Jessamine alleviates these symptoms by strengthening immunity of the body.

3. Mental disorders

Yellow Jessamine is used as homeopathic remedy to help certain mental disorders. It is helpful for phobias, stage fright, nervous disorders and other terrors which may contribute to mental disorders.

Facts About Yellow Jessamine

Name Yellow Jessamine
Scientific Name Gelsemium sempervirens
Native Subtropical and tropical America: Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico (Chiapas, Oaxaca, Veracruz, Puebla, Hidalgo),[3] and southeastern and south-central United States (from Texas to Virginia)
Common/English Name Wild Woodbine, Yellow Jasmine, Gelsemium, False Jasmine, Evening Trumpetflower, Yellow Jessamine, Jasmine, Carolina jasmine, Jessamine, Evening trumpetflower, Gelsemium, Woodbine
Name in Other Languages English: Carolina-jasmine, Evening trumpet-flower, Evening trumpetflower, Gelsemium, Woodbine, Yellow-jessamine;
Swedish: Giftjasmin
Plant Size 3-6 m (9.8–19.7 ft) high
Bark Thin, yellowish brown
Leaf Evergreen, lanceolate, 5–10 cm (2.0–3.9 in) long, 1–1.5 cm (0.39–0.59 in) broad
Medicinal part The root
Flowering Season January to April
Flower Bright yellow, about 1 to 1 ½ inches long, the corolla funnel shaped
Fruit shape & size Oblong capsule, about 1 inch long
Fruit Taste Bitter
Bitter October to June


Has been used for many purposes by former generations, and still seems to be credited, but with careful administration. Close resemblance to Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis) in action.

It is an unrivalled febrifuge, possessing relaxing and antispasmodic properties. It is efficacious in nervous and bilious headache, colds, pneumonia, haemorrhage, leucorrhoea, ague-cake, but especially in all kinds of fevers, quietening all nervous irritability and excitement, equalizing the circulation, promoting perspiration, and rectifying the various secretions, without causing nausea, vomiting and purging, and is adapted to any stage of the disease. Useful in inflammation of bowels, diarrhoea, dysentery, but with great success in neuralgia, toothache, insomnia, wherever a sedative is called for.

In pelvic disorders of women it is a favourite herb. It is also of great service in various cardiac diseases, spermatorrhoea and other genital diseases, but its use should be confined to persons understanding the pathology.

Medicinal uses

  • Roots are analgesic, diaphoretic, antispasmodic, febrifuge, hypnotic, nervine, mydriatic, sedative and vasodilator.
  • Use it internally for treating neuralgia, sciatica, migraine, severe pain and toothache.
  • Fresh root is used for treating various complaints such as flu, fevers and headaches.


The tincture is the form in which it is employed, the dose being from 10–15 drops in a wineglass half full of water; to be repeated every 2 hr. as long as required. In large doses it depresses the nervous system and gives rise to convulsions and toxic symptoms such as clouded vision, double-sightedness, or complete prostration, and inability to open the eyes. This, however, completely wears off in a few hours, leaving the patient refreshed and completely restored. When the effects are induced no more of the remedy is required.

Homoeopathic Clinical

Tincture of the bark of the root—Amaurosis, Anterior crural neuralgia, Aphonia, Astigmatism, Bilious fever, Brain (affections of), Cerebro spinal meningitis, Choroiditis, Colds, Constipation, Convulsions, Deafness, Dengue fever, Diarrhoea, Diphtheria, Dupuytren’s contraction, Dysentery, Dysmenia, Emotions (affects of), Epilepsy, Eyes (affections of), Fever, Fright, Gonorrhoea, Hay-fever, Headache, Heat (effects of), Heart (diseases of), Hydro-Salpingitis, Hysteria, Influenza, Intermittent fever, Jaundice, Labour, Liver (affections of), Locomotor ataxia, Mania, Measles, Meningitis, Menstruation (painful; suppressed), Metrorrhagia, Myalgia, Neuralgia, Nystagmus, Oesophagus (stricture of), Paralysis, Paralysis agitans, Paraplegia, Pregnancy (albuminuria of), Ptosis, Puerperal convulsions, Remittent fever, Retina (detachment of), Rheumatism, Sexual excess (effects of), Sleep (disordered), Spasms, Sun headache, Sunstroke, Teething, Tic-douloureux, Tobacco (effects of), Tongue (affections of), Toothache, Tremors, Uterus (affections of), Vertigo, Voice (loss of), Writer’s cramp.


  • Symptoms include nausea, sweating, dilated pupils, convulsions and lowered temperature.
  • It can depress nervous system and causes death due to respiratory failure.
  • Excessive use causes heaviness of eyelids, difficulty moving the eyeball, double vision, vomiting and dryness of mouth.

Side effects

  • It can cause weakness, dizziness, double vision, paralysis of the spinal cord and even death.
  • It is used in homeopathic medicines for treating acute phobias, fever and paroxysmal cough.
  • Its use causes skin allergies in people.







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