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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.


Latin Name: Gardenia florida

Alternate Names: Happiness Herb, Cape Jasmine, Zhi Zi (Chinese), Gardenia Fruit


Parts Used: Fruit.

Properties: Alterative, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Antiphlogistic, Astringent, Cholagogue, Febrifuge, Hypotensive, Refrigerant, Stomach Tonic.

Internal Uses: Abscess, Bloody Urine, Cystitis, Delerium, Emotional Blockage, Fever, Headache, Hepatitis, Hypertension, Insomnia, Irritability, Jaundice, Liver Stagnation, Nosebleeds, Rectal Bleeding, Restlessness, Ulcers, Urinary Infections

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules.
Gardenia clears heat and calms irritable emotions. It drains dampness and cools the blood -- thus, it stops bleeding.

Topical Uses: Abscess, Bruises, Injury, Irritability, Sprains, Swellings

Topical Applications: Poultice for bruises, sprains, abscesses and injuries. When used topically it also relieves swelling and congested blood due to trauma. Essential oil used in perfume. The aroma of the flower calms the heart.

Culinary uses: Fruit is used in Thailand to make a food coloring. Essential oil used to flavor teas.

Energetics: Bitter, Cold, Dry.

Chemical Constituents: Flavonoids (crocin, chlorogenin, gardenin), iridoids, sitrosterol, ursolic acid, mannitol, tannin.

Contraindications: Do not use the essential oil of this plant internally.

Comments: One of the world's most beautifully scented flowers, Gardenia includes the species Gardenia jasminoides, which is used interchangeably with Gardenia florida.

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