Pomona, FL (PressExposure) November 03, 2009 -- Popular philippine flowers today such as sampaguita and the ylang-ylang flowers are known for their unique sweet scent. Though laking in physical appearance compared to other popularly marketed flowers such as roses, these unique flowers are commonly used in ways that their scents could be beneficial.
The sampaguita flower is widely known in the Philippines because of its use as ornamental as well as for its use as a main ingredient in a traditional Chinese tea, the Jasmine tea. The ylang-ylang flower is also known for its use in aroma therapy. The oil from ylang-ylang is also widely used in perfumery for oriental or floral themed perfumes. Sampaguita and ylang-ylang is also used together as ornamental. Other than its use for teas and aroma therapy, these philippine flowers are also known for its use in medicine.
Sampaguita in Medicine In the book Medicinal Plants of the Philippines by Eduardo Quisumbing, it is reported that sampaguita flowers are being applied as a poultice to the breasts of women to act as a lactifuge. The flowers also yield an essential oil similar to that of jasmine. The roots of these philippine flowers present several uses. They may be used to treat venereal diseases when given fresh, while a tincture made from them is reported to be used as sedative, anaesthetic, and vulnerary.
The leaves are being used as a lactifuge, applied externally to the breasts. The leaves can also be given internally in decoction for fevers. If boiled in oil, they exude a balsam which is used by the natives to alleviate eye complaints. The dried leaves, on the other hand, are soaked in water and made into a poultice, then applied to indolent ulcers.
Ylang-Ylang for Medicine The essential oil of ylang-ylang is used in aromatherapy. It is believed to relieve high blood pressure, normalize sebum secretion for skin problems, and is considered to be an aphrodisiac. According to Margaret Mead, it was used as such by South Pacific natives such as the Solomons where she did much of her research.