Pomona, NY (PressExposure) September 15, 2009 -- When it comes to simplicity yet possessing an alluring scent, the Jasminum sambac or Jasmine flower is said to hold that kind of title. Unlike the elegant roses as well as the rarity of the Waling-Waling, a Jasmine flower usually possess a simple color, which is white. But one thing that makes these kind of flowers popular is because of their heavily scented aroma. Because of its simplicity, as well as its white color, which means purity and hope, Philippines have made the flower as their national flower, which is known as the Sampaguita Flowers Philippines.
The Philippine's Flower Sampaguita flowers are very popular in the Philippines, where they are strung into necklaces and sold in the streets of Manila. These flowers philippines are usually given to tourists, new graduates, and competition winners either as traditional welcome offerings or as honorary symbols for their achievements. The garlands are also given to saints, whether in churches or altars at home. The flowers are treasured for their distinct fragrance, and are even used in perfumery and tea-making.
Sampaguita Origins The name âsampaguitaâ is believed to have come from the Filipino words âsumpa kita,â meaning âI promise you.â In early days sampaguita garlands are exchanged by young couples as a pledge of their love, not unlike the exchange of rings in wedding ceremonies. There was also a legend that speaks of the origins of the term Sampaguita.
As the legend goes, there were two lovers, Lakambini and Lakam Galing. Before Lakam Galing went off to battle to defend their land, the two exchanged the words, Sumpa kita, a promise of their undying love. Lakam Galing was killed in battle and when Lakambini heard of the news, she died of grief. At her grave site, there soon sprouted a vine that bore fragrant white flowers, a symbol of her purity and untainted love.
Other Uses In the book Medicinal Plants of the Philippines by Eduardo Quisumbing, it is reported that sampaguita flowers philippines 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 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.