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Latin Name: 
Gardenia florida   Family: RUBIACEAE

Alternate Names: Happiness Herb, Cape Jasmine, Zhi Zi (Chinese), Gardenia Fruit.

Parts Used: Fruit.

Properties: Alterative, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiphlogistic, Astringent, Cholagogue, Febrifuge, Hypotensive, Refrigerant, Stomach Tonic.

Internal Use: Abscess, Bloody Urine, Cystitis, Delerium, Emotional Blockage, Fever, Headache, Hepatitis, Hypertension, Insomnia, Irritability, Jaundice, Liver Stagnation, Nosebleeds, Rectal Bleeding, Restlessness, Ulcers, Urinary Infections.

Internal Application: Tea, Tincture, Capsules: Gardenia clears heat and calms irritable emotions. It drains dampness and cools the blood thus, it stops bleeding.

Topical Use: Abscess, Bruises, Injury, Irritability, Sprains, Swellings.

Topical 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.


Culinary use: Fruit is used in Thailand to make a food coloring. Essential oil used to flavor teas.

Energetics: Bitter, Cold, Dry.

Chemical Constituents: Flavonoids (crocin, chlorogenin, gardenin), iridoids, sitrosterol, ursolic acid, mannitol, tannin.

Contraindications: Do not use the essential oil of this plant internally.

Comments: One of the world's most beautifully scented flowers, Gardenia includes the species Gardenia jasminoides, which is used interchangeably with Gardenia florida.