Latin names: Fructus gardeniae jasminoidis, Gardenia jasminoides
Chinese name: zhi zi
Other name: gardenia
What is Cape Jasmine Fruit?
Native to Northern India and Persia, Cape jasmine fruits are sprouted from the beautiful flowers of the gardenia plant, a small fragrant tree with large, showy, white flowers. They are traditionally harvested from September through November when the fruit skin turns reddish orange.
What are the health benefits of Cape Jasmine Fruit?
In traditional Chinese medicine, Cape jasmine fruit is considered cooling in nature, serving to reduce swelling and stop bleeding. It is used to treat fever, irritability, restlessness, a stifling sensation in the chest, insomnia, and rosacea. It also treats urinary tract infections, jaundice, mouth sores, nosebleeds, and blood in vomit, urine, or stool. The herb is charred to strengthen its ability to halt bleeding.
Another important use of Cape jasmine fruit is a topical application as a powder mixed with egg white to treat traumatic injuries, sprains, bruises, and to reduce swelling.
How do I prepare Cape Jasmine Fruit to get the health benefits?
To use Cape jasmine fruit topically for injuries, crush approximately 25 grams of the dried fruit and mix with one egg white. Apply to the injured area and wrap with fresh gauze.
Where can I find Cape Jasmine Fruit?
Good quality Cape jasmine fruit is thin-skinned, round, full, and reddish-orange in color.
Cape jasmine fruit can be found in health food or vitamin stores, online, and at the offices of Chinese medical practitioners.
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