A long symbol of seduction and sensuality, richly scented jasmine is a garden favorite. Native to Persia and India, this evergreen shrub is a climber that can attain 40 feet in length. It bears pinnate green leaves and cascading clusters of white star-shaped flowers. Early Asian physicians esteemed jasmines leaves and flowers for treating headaches, insomnia, joint problems, gall stones, skin outbreaks, and scabies. The herb is recognized today as an astringent, antibacterial, antiviral; its oil is beneficial to aging skin and will heal sores and abscesses when combined with sesame oil. Studies in Tokyo indicate the Herb can increase alertness and stimulate brain waves.