A Simple Flower Of Grandeur Importance

Published: 02nd November 2009
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The sampaguita flowers philippines is considered as one of the many unique species of flowers native to the Philippines. Other than that, the sampaguita flowers are also known to be the country's national flower, which is why the flower is held in highest respect around the country. But other than its importances in Philippine's history, the flower is also known for its other uses.

A Simple Flower
The sampaguita flower, also known as Jasminum Sambac or Arabian Jasmine, is a type of Jasmine native to southwestern and southern Asia, such as in India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, and most particularly in the Philippines. Because of its wide distribution around Asia, the flowers have also come around a number of names, one of it is the sampaguita. The flower is popularly known around the world as the Arabian Jasmine, which is in Arab. Other names include: Bel/Beli (Bengali), Mogra (Hindi and Marathi), Mallikā (Sanskrit), Melati (Malay and Indonesian Language), Mallepuvvu (Telugu), Mallikaipu (Tamil), dundu Mallige (Kannada) and Kaliyan (Urdu).

Other than the national flowers philippines, its uses has also been known across the country. One particular use is with garlands. Sampaguita flowers are very popular in the Philippines, where they are strung into necklaces and sold in the streets of Manila. The garlands are usually 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. In China, the flower is processed and used as the main ingredient in jasmine tea.

Sampaguita flowers philippines is also used in medicine. In the book Medicinal Plants of the Philippines, 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. Its roots serve many purposes. 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.

Aside from the flower and the roots, the leaves also serves very useful, which 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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