Gardenia, Gardenia augusta
Gardenia is native to China, Japan, Taiwan, and Vietnam and known for its fragrance and beauty. It is an evergreen shrub with large, white flowers. Gardenia bud, also known as Zhi-Zi in Chinese medicine, is renown for clearing heat from the lowest region of the GI tract, relieving agitation and aiding in sleep.
In Hawaii, Gardenias infuse the tropical air with a rich fragrance, instilling peace and contentedness. Gardenias are given to convey a message of love, purity and clarity.
- Treats fevers, colds, and coughs
- Relieves congestion
- Detoxifies the blood
- Supports liver function
- Given as a symbol of love and clear communication