Other Commonly associated meanings are:
Etymological Meaning of the Gardenia Flower
The generic name Gardenia is named in honor of Alexander Garden (1730-1791) of Charleston, South Carolina who was a botanist, zoologist, physician, and correspondent to John Ellis, zoologist, and Carolus Linnaeus, who devised the classification of genus/species we presently used today.
Symbolism of the Gardenia Flower
Gardenia leaves are shiny, and waxy. This is symbolic of clarity. In addition, it’s symbolic of self-reflection. In fact, many earth worshiping sects subscribe time with gardenia in meditation in order to come to the core of oneself for understanding and enlightenment.
Gardenia flowers also symbolize protection. They naturally deter certain insects. Metaphorically and energetically, they can help dispel bad feelings or energies in our lives.
In numerology the gardenia is a number 8. This has the planet Saturn as a symbol and it reflects characteristics of freedom, vision and expansiveness.
Meaningful Botanical Characteristics of the Gardenia Flower
Like many other flowers Gardenias have been documented to have medicinal properties. The flower itself is perfect for aromatherapy and is used for relaxation and to de-stress. The leaves, fruit and flowers are mixed with other ingredients as a remedy for the common cold.
When gardenias are consumed in the form of tea, it helps to relieve congestion and also detoxifies the blood. It is also used to reduce cholesterol. Used externally as oils or creams, it can help with inflammation and sprains. Since it’s not a poisonous plant, gardenia can be added to salads as garnish and also works as an antioxidant.