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Caroline Jasmine, False Jasmine, Yellow Jasmine

(Gelsemium Sempervirens)

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    Yellow Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) is also known as Jessamine, Jasmine, Carolina Jasmine, False Jasmine, Evening Trumpflower, Gelsemium, Woodbine, and Yellow Jasmine.

    Yellow Jessamine is a perennial evergreen that twines in vines and can grow up to 40 feet long. This plant has glossy green leaves, two to four inches long that grow along its stem in opposite pairs and has clustered, funnel-shaped, aromatic yellow flowers, sometimes with an orange center. The individual flowers are 1.2 inches long and approximately an inch wide, strongly scented and produce nectar that attracts a range of pollinators. It is also the state flower of South Carolina. Gelsemium sempervirens is a twining vine in the family Gelsemiaceae, native to subtropical and tropical America (Honduras, Guatamala, Belize, Mexico), and southeastern and south-central United States (from Texas to Virginia.

    This plant's fragrant beauty hides the fact that it contains a deadly poison with fatal effects similar to hemlock. Eating any part of this plant by a person or animal can result in immediate paralysis, then death. There have even been cases where bees that pollinate this flower have been poisoned.

    Despite its deadly actions, the root of Yellow Jessamine was once a medicine that was used for treating whooping cough and asthma. A tea from the flowers was used for coughs, shortness of breath, pleurisy and upset stomach. Early Native Americans used this plant as a blood purifier. Yellow Jessamine has sedative, pain killing, antispasmodic and fever-reducing properties.

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    Historically, Gelsemium sempervirens was used as a topical to treat papulous eruptions. It was also used to treat measles, neuralgia otalgia, tonsillitis, esophagitis, dysmenorrhea, muscular rheumatism, and headaches.

    Today Yellow Jessamine is used only in homeopathic remedies as a treatment for fever, convulsive coughing, and severe phobias. In very small doses, it can be used as a sedative and antispasmodic for treating neuralgia, intercostal neuralgia, sciatica and nerve pain that affects the face. It is also used for whooping cough and asthma. Occasionally it is used in treating migraine and insomnia, and for lowering blood pressure, and bowel problems.


    All parts of this plant contain the toxic strychnine-related alkaloids gelsemine and gelseminine and should not be consumed. The sap may cause skin irritation in sensitive individuals. Children, mistaking this flower for honeysuckle, may have been poisoned by sucking the nectar from the flower. The nectar is also toxic to honeybees, which may cause brood death when gathered by the bees. The nectar may, however, be beneficial to bumblebees. It has been shown that bees fed on gelsemine have a reduced load of Crithidia bombi in their fecal matter. Reduced parasite load increases foraging efficiency, and pollinators may selectively collect otherwise toxic secondary metabolites as a means of self-medication.

    Despite the hazards, this garden plant is popular in warmer areas, frequently being trained to grow over arbors or to cover walls.


    Yellow Jessamine is highly toxic and should only be used under the supervision of a homeopathic health care practitioner.


    Yellow Jessamine root is extremely toxic. The alkaloids found in this herb act as a depressant to the central nervous system. Only one teaspoon of the root can cause vertigo, weakness, and death from paralysis of respiratory muscles. Do not use without the strict supervision of your homeopathic practitioner.


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    Note: This product is available only as a homeopathic product, which has been diluted using homeopathic dilution methods. Do not use this plant as a tea or tincture. It is poisonous. Use homeopathic products only under the guidance of a qualified homeopathic practitioner.


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    Kalyx: Headache Pain Relief, Hylands Homeopathic Combinations, 100 Tabs (K)
    Hyland's Homeopathic Combinations Headache Pain Relief ingredients include Iris Versicolor 3X, HPUS; Gelsemium Sempervirens 3X, HPUS; Ipecac 3X, HPUS; Belladonna 6X, HPUS in a base of Lactose, USP. Adults dissolve 2 to 3 tablets under tongue every 4 hours or as needed. Children 6 to 12 years old should take 1/2 the adult dosage.
    Kalyx: Children's Alpha CF for Colds & Flu, Boericke & Tafel, 100 Tabs (C)
    Alpha CF is a fast acting, safe and effective homeopathic combination to help stimulate the body's own self-healing power and offer relief from all cold and flu symptoms including, stuffy or runny nose, sore throat, sneezing, headache cough fever, body aches and pains, fatigue and swollen glands. Relieves symptoms of colds and flu. Natural homeopathic. Alpha CF does not cause drowsiness, nervousness, sleeplessness, or excitability. Safe for people taking other medicines. Temporarily relieves fever, chills, sneezing, stuffed-up nose, runny nose, coughing, sore throat, headache, minor aches and pains that may accompany colds or flu. For Temporarily Relief of: Fever, body aches & pains, chills, headache, coughing, runny nose, sneezing, stuffed-up nose, sore throat. Safe, Effective. No known side effects. Ingredients include Aconitum Napellus 4X 2.5 parts, Bryonia Alba 4X 2.5 parts, Eucalyptus Globulus 2X 1 part, Eupatorium Perfoliatum 2X 2.5 parts, Gelsemium Sempervirens 4X 2.5 parts, Ipecacuanha 3X 2.5 parts, Phosphorus 6X 2.5 parts, Lactose based tablets.. Does not contain Antihistamines.
    Kalyx: Apple Flavored Homeopathic For Kids, A-Plus Attention Focus & Learning, Frontier 125 Chewable Tabs (K)
    For children experiencing an overactive mind or body, low confidence, poor memory, a disinclination to study, anxiousness and the inability to focus or pay attention. Homeopathy for Kids mini tablets deliver gentle, all-natural remedies specifically developed for children. Our active ingredients are blended into each tablet, not sprayed on the surface, ensuring consistent delivery and dosing. These quick dissolving chewable tablets are slightly sweet and lightly flavored with a natural fruit flavor that your kids will love. For children 4 years and older, 3 chewable tablets to dissolve in the mouth 3 times daily. Ingredients include Baryta Carbonica (Barium Carbonica) 10X, Phosphorus (Phosphorus) 10X, Silicea (Silicea) 10X, Gelsemium sempervirens (Yellow Jasmine) 12x, Nux vomica (Poison Nut) 12X, Sinapis nigra (black) Mustard) 12X.


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