A True Philippine Flower

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There are many popular types of Philippine flowers across the market today. Some of the most popular are roses, which are mostly used as gifts such as in popular traditional events such as in Valentine's Day or in non-occasional events such as when a man would profess his love to a woman.

However, other than these flowers, a number of other flowers are also known for its popularity among many Filipinos. Popular examples of Philippine flowers include Sampaguita and the Ylang-Ylang flowers.

A True Philippine Flower
Sampaguita and Ylang-Ylang flowers are normally sold in the streets, mostly found near churches in which peddlers would sell these to church goers. These flowers are normally strung together to form a sort of rosary in which the Sampaguita flowers serve as beeds while the Ylang-Ylang flower serves as the cross.

Although not as popular as other flowers in the market such as roses, tulips, and orchids, Sampaguita and Ylang-Ylang are still some of the most popular and in-demand types of flowers across the Philippines. So what made these types of flowers popular in the Philippines?

Apart from being cheap, these flowers are normally used as ornamentals for saints, whether in churches or altars at home. However, other than ornamentals, these flowers are also used as gifts for tourists, new graduates, and competition winners either as traditional welcome offerings or as honorary symbols for their achievements.

Another reason why these flowers are very popular in the market is that because of its fragrance, which is more aromatic compared to roses, tulips, orchids, or any other popular flowers in the market. The sampaguita flowers are even used as a main ingredient in one of the most popular teas in the market known as Jasmine Tea.

Other useful facts
Other than gifts or ornamentals, these Philippine flowers are also known for its medicinal properties, particularly with the Sampaguita.

According to the book of Eduardo Quisumbing called Medicinal Plants of the Philippines, sampaguita flowers have been applied as a poultice to the breasts of women to act as a lactifuge (to stop the secretion of milk). The flowers also yield an essential oil similar to that of jasmine

Other than its flowers, its roots are also known for its medicinal properties. They may be used to treat venereal diseases when given fresh, while a tincture made from them is reported to be used as sedative, anaesthetic, and vulnerary.

The 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.

As for the Ylang-Ylang flowers, it's essential oils is normally used in aromatherapy, while it is also believed that this can be used to relieve high blood pressure, normalize sebum secretion for skin problems, and is considered to be an aphrodisiac.For more information visit to our site at http://www.myflowerdepot.com
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This article was published on 2010/09/15