The Philippine National Flower

Published: 26th January 2010
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There are many species of flowers in the Philippines today that the country holds and respects. One of the most highly respected species of flowers in the Philippines today is the philippines flower sampaguita. The sampaguita flower became popular among the Filipinos because of its simplicity as well as with its scent. But what made this flower really popular among the Filipinos is its significance in Philippines history. The sampaguita flower is currently the country's national flower.

The name "sampaguita" is believed to have come from the Filipino words "sumpa kita," meaning "I promise you." 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.

Other than the Philippines, the sampaguita flower is also native in almost every Asian countries. The flower is popularly known across the world as the Arabian Jasmine. However, although the sampaguita is widely known across the world, the Philippines is one of the few countries that really used the flower's capabilities.

Popular uses of the sampaguita philippines flower is with garlands. Filipinos string the flowers into leis, corsages and crowns and distill its oils and sell them in stores, streets, and outside churches. The garlands may be used to welcome guests, or as an offering or adornment in religious altars. But other than its use for garlands, these flowers are also known for its medicinal use.

In the book titled Medicinal Plants of the Philippines by Eduardo Quisumbing, a leading authority of plants in the Philippines, the sampaguita philippines flower are known for its many medical applications. It is reported on his book that the flower have been applied as a poultice to the breasts of women to act as a lactifuge (to stop the secretion of milk).

Other than the flower, its roots were also served several uses. Sampaguita roots are said to be used as treatment for venereal diseases when given fresh, while a tincture made from them is reported to be used as sedative, anaesthetic, and vulnerary. Its 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.

Truly, the sampaguita flower is one of the most useful, highly scented flower used by many Filipinos across the country. This is the reason why the Philippines chose this flower as their national flower, its because there's more to the flower than meets the eye. For more information visit to our site at http://www.myflowerdepot.com

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