A to Z Herbarium: Zhi Zi
Love, Peace, Healing, Spirituality
Chinese-named herbs to the rescue again! This time, zhi zi = gardenia.
Fresh gardenia flowers placed in sickrooms will help with healing. The dried petals are often added to incenses and healing mixtures. Dried gardenia is also often used in Moon incenses, and scattering dried gardenia about the room will encourage peaceful vibrations.
Gardenia is used in love magic, and will attract benevolent spirits during rituals.
Drinking gardenia tea is good for fevers and the flu. It’s also supposed to help lower blood pressure, calm heart palpitations, and help ease asthmatic breathing. Making a salve or lotion of gardenia can help treat insect bites, and soothe sores and burns.
And… that brings us to the end of the A to Z Challenge! (Phew.) It’s always a little bittersweet coming to the end. I had a lot of fun with these posts this year, and I hope you enjoyed reading them. Thank you everyone for stopping by!
Cunningham’s Encylopedia of Magical Herbs, Scott Cunningham, 2016, Llewellyn Publications
Edible and Medicinal Flowers, Margaret Roberts, 2007, Spearhead
Hi Sara – I love the gardenia … so it’s good to read about its properties … we probably all need a good sprinkling of gardenia magic just now – cheers and congratulations on an interesting topic … Hilary