Gardenia fruit is an herb used in traditional Chinese medicine to reduce inflammation, clear heat and reduce phlegm. It is also used to treat respiratory infections, digestive disorders, skin diseases, and other conditions.
1. Anti-inflammatory: Gardenia fruit has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to reduce inflammation associated with fever, headache, and other conditions.
2. Antioxidant: Gardenia fruit contains antioxidants which can help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals.
3. Digestive Aid: Gardenia fruit is often used to reduce bloating and indigestion, as well as to help improve digestion.
While gardenia fruit is believed to have potential benefits for the digestive system and to relieve inflammation, it can also cause digestive upset and even diarrhea in some people.
The fruit is sometimes used to reduce fever, but it can also have immunostimulatory effects, which can exacerbate certain fever conditions.
Gardenia fruit can interact with certain medications, including blood thinners and medications for depression, and should not be used by people taking these medications without first consulting a healthcare provider.
The use of gardenia fruit has not been extensively studied, and there may be other potential contradictions or side effects that are not yet known.
Gardenia fruit has a slightly sweet and tangy taste. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste.
Gardenia fruit can be boiled, steamed, or eaten raw. It can also be used to make a tea or added to soups and other dishes.