The Many Uses Of Sampaguita

Pomona, New York (PressExposure) December 07, 2009 -- The best kinds of flowers aren't only judged because of its appearance and popularity in the market. Sometimes, the popularity of a flower are judged based on their use. Philippines is one of the many Asian countries which are famous for their collection of wild flowers known for their uniqueness across the world, as well as with the flowers' uses other than just for appearance. One popular example is the Philippine's version of Arabian Jasmine, the sampaguita.

The sampaguita flower is one of the most popular flower across the country not only because of its smell, but also because of its significance in Philippine history. Sampaguita is currently the national send flowers philippines []. Although the flower is pantropic, Philippines still considered the flower as one their few native flowers, along with the ylang-ylang and the waling-waling flowers.

What made the flower very popular is its scents. Although the flower lacks in appearance, making it inappropriate to sell in the market compared to roses and tulips, the sampaguita is still sold as garlands in the streets of Manila. Other than sold in the streets, these garlands are also given to tourists, new graduates, and competition winners either as traditional welcome offerings or as honorary symbols for their achievements. The reason why garlands of sampaguita became popular is because of its use as offering to saints, whether in churches or altars at home.

Another perfect use of sampaguita is aroma therapy. Sometimes, flowers of sampaguita are collected for its scents. But other than in scents, sampaguita is also used in as ingredient for one of China's most popular teas, the Jasmine tea.

Other than garlands, the sampaguita send flowers philippines [] were also known for its medicinal properties. In the book Medicinal Plants of the Philippines by Eduardo Quisumbing, it is reported that sampaguita send 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 (Jasminum grandiflorum).

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. 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.

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