Latin Name: Gardenia
Names: Happiness Herb, Cape Jasmine, Zhi Zi
(Chinese), Gardenia Fruit.
Alterative, Antibacterial, Antifungal,
Antiphlogistic, Astringent, Cholagogue, Febrifuge, Hypotensive,
Refrigerant, Stomach Tonic.
Abscess, Bloody Urine, Cystitis, Delerium,
Emotional Blockage, Fever, Headache, Hepatitis, Hypertension, Insomnia,
Irritability, Jaundice, Liver Stagnation, Nosebleeds, Rectal Bleeding,
Restlessness, Ulcers, Urinary Infections.
Application: Tea, Tincture, Capsules: Gardenia
clears heat and calms irritable emotions. It drains dampness and cools
the blood thus, it stops bleeding.
Abscess, Bruises, Injury, Irritability,
Application: Poultice for bruises, sprains,
abscesses and injuries. When used topically it also relieves swelling
and congested blood due to trauma. Essential oil used in perfume. The
aroma of the flower calms the heart.
Fruit is used in Thailand to make a food
coloring. Essential oil used to flavor teas.
Bitter, Cold, Dry.
Constituents: Flavonoids (crocin, chlorogenin,
gardenin), iridoids, sitrosterol, ursolic acid, mannitol, tannin.
Contraindications: Do not use the essential
oil of this plant internally.
One of the world's most beautifully scented
flowers, Gardenia includes the species Gardenia jasminoides, which is
used interchangeably with Gardenia florida.