Flower Crush: Graceful Gardenia

Ciao to all you flower lovers! Today we’re swooning on a bright white beauty with a sweet fragrance. We love the Gardenia! These stunning flowers have several meanings including love, purity and refinement, which make them a perfect choice for weddings.

Gardenia Etymology

The gardenia is named in honor of Alexander Garden (1730-1791) of Charleston, South Carolina. He was a botanist, zoologist and physician. Gardenias are actually part of the coffee family and are native to tropical areas of Africa,  Asia, Australia, the Pacific Islands and Hawaii.

Gardenia Symbolism

Gardenia leaves are shiny and waxy, which is symbolic of clarity and self-reflection. In fact, many spiritual sects use gardenia scent in meditation in order to come to the core of oneself for understanding and enlightenment. Gardenia flowers also symbolize protection, as they naturally deter certain insects. Metaphorically and energetically, they can help deter bad feelings or energies in our lives. In Victorian times, when a person was unable to outright express their feelings of love for another, it was common practice to say it with flowers. So if you want to express your love to someone, but don’t want your identity to be known, you must consider the gardenia.  It signifies a secret or untold love.  And since the color of the gardenia is white, it also signifies purity, which makes it perfect for a beautiful bridal bouquet.

Medicinal Properties

Like many other flowers, Gardenias have been documented to have medicinal properties. The flower itself is perfect for aromatherapy and is used often in oils, perfumes and candles for relaxation. The leaves, fruit and flowers can also be mixed with other ingredients as a remedy for the common cold.  When gardenias are consumed in the form of tea, it can relieve congestion, detoxify the blood and reduce cholesterol.  Used externally as oils or creams, it can help with inflammation and sprains.  Since it’s not a poisonous plant, gardenias can even be added to salads as garnish and also works as an antioxidant.

Here are our favorite ways to incorporate the elegantissima gardenia on your wedding day!

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Have a lovely weekend!

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