“I don’t want to look like a village gal (pattikaadu) “, I used to protest when my mom or some aunt suggested that I wear jasmine flower garlands on my head. Remember our teenage years when wearing jasmine flowers, heavy jewelry or carrying those yellow fabric bags were equivalent to committing major fashion faux pas?
Remember those yellow fabric bags / manjal pai? I strictly told my dad that I wouldn’t be caught dead carrying one of those. Now when I see plastic bags being handed out like candy, I realize how eco-friendly those yellow bags really were.
For those who don’t know how those yellow bags / மஞ்சப்பை looked like, here you go. I found them here.
Coming back to the original topic – Jasmine flowers. Like most Indians, I love the smell of jasmine flowers. Jasmine garlands were worn by ladies not just for ornamental purposes. Those days deodorants were not common but we didn’t seem to miss them much because of the pleasant fragrance of jasmine flowers. Either that or we didn’t care about those around us haha 😈
Jasmine smell is a stress buster and it calms our nerves. When the lady of the house wore it in the evening, the inmates were getting some aroma therapy. Jasmine is also an aphrodisiac.
Not just as hair adornment, we can use jasmine flowers to make jasmine essence (மல்லிகை பூ நறுமண சாறு) and use it in teas, room spritzers, face packs, diy makeup and lotions.
The preparation method is simple. Add fragrant fresh flowers to boiling distilled water.
Keep it closed over for a few hours.
Filter the flowers and discard.Refrigerate.
They can be stored in spray bottles and sprayed in a room to freshen it up, sprayed on the face after a stressful day. They can also be frozen in the ice cube trays and added to face packs. Yup! When you are really stressed out and feel like you are about to chew the heads of those around you, you can spray a little and smell it to calm yourself. 🙂
So what are your childhood memories about the jasmine flowers? Do share them below.