Gardenia is one of the most popular scents when it comes to candles, perfumes, and aromatherapy. The light floral scent makes it an ideal natural scent instead of the sometimes overwhelming perfumes created by chemicals. The uses of gardenia essential oil are so impressive it has been used in alternative medicine for centuries. This beautiful white flower is not only cultivated for its large blooms but also to harvest the multiple benefits of gardenia essential oil.

Six Major Benefits of Gardenia Essential Oil

1. Help Manage Blood Sugar

Not only pleasant in scent, but gardenia has been found to affect the metabolism of the body. People were found to have reduced insulin resistance, one of the effects of diabetes and metabolic disorders. And when paired with exercise, this essential oil was found to help the body process sugar and even reduced some body fat. (1) It was also found to have substances that protected kidneys, which is usually damaged by high blood sugar. (2) This oil has the potential to help in controlling blood sugar, controlling diabetes and with losing weight as well.

2. Help Reduce Depression

Depression can be caused by any number of things in our lives and environments, from medical conditions to everyday stress. One cause may be inflammation in the brain that interferes with not only the creation of chemicals like serotonin but also prevents the neurons from taking in the serotonin, leaving us feeling down. (3) Gardenia has been shown to have a mood-lifting effect, by increasing serotonin levels as well as by reducing some of the inflammation brought on by our environments. Gardenia can be taken internally, between 5 and 12grams a day, as well as using 5-10 drops in a diffuser to help brighten your mood. (4)

3. Ease Digestion

You may suffer from ulcers that keep your body from digesting food properly or the burning effects and esophageal damage from reflux. Before running to the antacids, try gardenia as a supplement or tea to ease the burning of acid reflux. Gardenia has been shown to have acid inhibiting properties to help balance the amount of acid in your stomach. (5) The same kidney protecting abilities also help protect the tissue lining your stomach and can help allow current ulcers time to heal. Antibacterial properties may assist in reducing the presence of h. pylori, an infection that attacks the stomach lining and may lead to ulcers. (6)

4. Fights Infections

In a world where antibiotic use is creating resistant bacteria, natural oils may be the answer to treating many common bacterial and fungal infections. Like many essential oils, gardenia has antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. It has been found to reduce h. pylori in the stomach, a bacteria which eats away at the lining of the stomach. It has also been used topically to fight fungal infection like athlete’s foot. (7) It can also be used in conjunction with other oils such as lavender and peppermint to kill bacteria and viruses on surfaces in the office or home. (8) It is also mild enough to be used topically on wounds and has the double effect of helping to reduce inflammation around the area as well as kill microbes to prevent infections.

5. Reduces Aches and Pains

Whether your aches are from just every work we put our bodies through or something more serious such as arthritis, gardenia may allow you some relief from the aches and pains. When applied topically, the oil has anti-inflammatory properties, easing the redness, swelling, and pain that is our body’s response to an injury. (9) It also has some relaxing properties, especially when used in aromatherapy for its pleasing scent that can help with pain due to tension. It can help relax the body enough to allow a more natural healing to occur. (10) Use 5-10 drop in a warm bath to relax tense, painful muscles. Adding a half cup of salt will act as an emulsifier to help spread the oil.

6. Improves Memory

New research is finding that more people are suffering from a degenerative disease that affects the mind and memory in particular. This includes diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s where the mind begins a slow decline. This may be due to an inflammation of the neurons due to years of a poor diet and the decreasing ability of brain cells to process glucose as they age. Gardenia has anti-inflammatory properties when applied topically or taken internally. The inflammation interferes with the neuron’s ability to properly process neurochemicals in the brain. (11) The anti-inflammatory property of gardenia oil would allow neurons to produce and take in the necessary chemicals to promote memory and protect the tissue from degenerating further. (12) Drinking gardenia tea or consuming gardenia fruit may be one of the ways to get the most of this benefit.

My Gardenia Essential Oil Experience

I don’t know if it’s just me or if everyone finds themselves covered in bruises at the end of the day and aren’t quite sure where they come from. I tend to lift heavy things without thinking, which of course reminds me later in the day that I’m not nearly that young anymore. Running causes me a bit of pain, especially in the knees and ankles. Even the yoga I do to stretch out those muscles comes with its own twinges and pulls.

Taking care of my health and then finding the energy to run around after kids take its toll on my body. This leaves me aching by the end of the day, and I’m ready to sit and relax, and maybe ease some of the pain. I try to avoid over the counter analgesics unless my essential oils just can’t touch whatever is causing the pain. I find that this doesn’t happen often…and it smells heavenly!

My favorite use of gardenia is in a bath along with some lavender oil. I recommend trying this at bedtime since both lavender and gardenia have relaxing properties that can be useful for helping you get to sleep. Of course, the bathroom smells like a garden when the oils start letting off their relaxing scents. Warm water, a cup of Epsom salts and about 10 drops each of gardenia and lavender and you’ve got a recipe for not only reducing all those inflamed muscles but for becoming relaxed enough to fall asleep there in the bath.

I’ve also taken a washcloth soaked in the bath water and placed it over my eyes for another of the benefits of gardenia essential oil. Between the gardenia and lavender, my entire body feels like I’ve had a great massage and I can go to bed ready for another day.

Three Recommended Gardenia Based Products

1. Concentrated Fragrance Oil – Scent – Gardenia

Concentrated Fragrance Oil - Scent - Gardenia: This exquisite aroma of sweet green and a floral body...
  • Use 4-6 Drops of Concentrated fragrance oil in a fragrance oil warmer....
  • Great For: Rooms, Meditation, Kitchen, Garage, Bathrooms, or Yoga
  • Scent - Gardenia: This exquisite aroma of sweet green and a floral...

Perfume is only one of the uses of gardenia essential oil, and you may want to trade it in for a purer smell, without the irritation of alcohol and other chemicals that may interfere with the unfiltered scent of pure gardenia. This concentration is perfect to use 5-10 drops in a diffuser around your home, so you can enjoy the relaxing aroma and reap the anti-microbial benefits of gardenia, killing many of the germs hanging around your house. Gardenia is generally mild and can be applied directly to skin so the next time you cut yourself, a little of this may keep infection at bay.

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2. Gardenia Soap by MoonDance Soaps

Gardenia Soap by MoonDance Soaps - Handmade Soap with Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter
  • Handcrafted soap is moisturizing, glycerin-rich, and enriched with...
  • A quinessential Southern scent, Gardenia is the queen of any down...
  • We think we've captured a bit of our Southern soul with this fragrant...

Using gardenia as you bathe has many benefits, beyond leaving behind a pleasant floral smell. If you don’t want to add the oil to your bathwater, this soap bar may be your next best choice. This particular soap incorporates natural oils instead of chemicals as well as cocoa butter to leave skin smooth and moisturized. Using this bar on your entire body will give you the germ-killing properties that make gardenia oil so valuable to the medical community but not leave your skin overly dry like other anti-bacterial chemicals. The list of ingredients is pretty straightforward and mostly natural oils to help keep you clean, germ-free, and smelling good.

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3. Soap & Paper Factory Classic Perfume Oil

Soap & Paper Factory Classic Perfume Oil, Gardenia, 0.3 Ounce
  • Crafted in small batches, These rollerball Perfume Oils stimulate your...
  • Great for personal fragrance, and for maximum benefits, use the...
  • bottoms of your feet and solar plexus, and when put in the fridge, the...

Unlike other perfumes that sometimes have an overwhelming smell or chemical fillers, this is an oil with gardenia and citrus in coconut as a carrier oil. Gardenia and citrus have cleansing properties, being antimicrobial and antibacterial, as well as stimulating the mind. Citrus is a great compliment to the anti-inflammatory effects of the gardenia, stimulating the mind while the gardenia helps the cells become less inflamed and able to process neurochemicals more effectively. Citrus can also help protect from bacteria that can be found in the air. This oil is packaged with a rollerball for easy application to any part of the body desired.

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Caution with use of gardenia

  • Gardenia may lower blood pressure so you should consult a doctor if already taking medication for hypertension.
  • Gardenia is a class 1 substance meaning it can be taken internally but it is recommended not to exceed 12 grams per day.
  • Since it can be used to lower blood sugar, people with diabetes should monitor blood sugar level closely.
  • Gardenia may increase the drowsy side effects of some drugs. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how it will affect you.
  • Use with a carrier oil to prevent any skin irritation or test a patch of skin first to see if you have a reaction.
  • Not recommended for use with pregnant or breastfeeding women or children under 18.

The Bottom line

I hope you found the uses for gardenia as helpful as I do. In a world full of increasingly resistant bacteria, finding natural means to fight germs and perhaps prevent memory issues later in life are fantastic benefits to find in one oil. Remember to share with your friends so they can enjoy the pleasant scent and medicinal uses of gardenia oil for themselves.