Everything You need to Know about Parijat Flower
The heavenly smelling Parijat flower or Har Singar, is better known as Night-flowering Jasmine and Coral Jasmine worldwide.
It’s pristine white petals with a bright orange dot in the centre and an orange stem, is a natural beauty that is admired by many, maybe this is one reason that it’s also called the Queen of the night.
What is special about Parijat flower?
The uniqueness of the Parijat flower lies in the fact that unlike other plants, this mysterious plant’s flowers bloom at night instead of daytime. Not only this, after blooming, the flowers fall to the ground at the first rays of sunlight.
This flower is famous among worshippers. Many references of this sweet smelling flower and the parijat tree have been made in the Puranas and the Mahabharata.
It is believed to be one of the most sacred treasures in Hindu mythology. Parijat is believed to be a celestial tree and is one of the many gifts that came out of the churning of the ocean- Samundra Manthan.
It is said that the Gods so loved this flower that they kept it for themselves in Indra’s garden. Also, Parijat flower is the only flower that is offered to deities directly after being picked from the ground.
There is a famous story that says that the flower is named after a beautiful girl named Parijat. She was madly in love with Surya, the Sun God but due to his fiery avatar, she was warned not to pursue her love, which she obviously ignored.
Impressed by her love, Surya came down to Earth to be with Parijat for a while, but soon had to leave for his heavenly abode. When Parijat tried to follow him she was burned by his intense rays. Surya turned to the Gods for help.
The Gods knew Parijat had loved Surya with all her heart, so they granted her another life and she was reincarnated as a tree. From her ashes arose a single tree with the purest of white flowers and with blazing orange hearts.
A symbol that Surya always remained in her heart – the Sun God now visits her during the night and the flowers are so fragrant because they have been kissed by Surya. They, however, still can’t bear the rays of the sun and at the first stroke of dawn, at the sight of the rays – they shed
Parijat flower Health Benefits and Medical Uses
- The fragrant Parijat flowers have several beneficial properties for the mind and body.
- They are used in traditional medicines for the treatment of various diseases, as a herbal remedy for various infectious and non-infectious diseases.
- They are diuretic, anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory and are also used as sedatives.
- It is also useful in treating pain and fever.
- The leaves of the parijat plant have been used in Ayurvedic medicine and Homeopathy for sciatica, arthritis and even as a laxative.
- The seeds are used in the treatment of skin diseases.
- The juice of its leaves is bitter and saline in taste and provides effective relief in the treatment of several types of inflammation and fever including malaria, intermittent fever, common cough and cold.
- It reduces hair fall, has skin healing properties, manages anxiety and helps to relieve menstrual cramps.
- It also prevents dental issues, cures digestive problems such as hyperacidity, nausea, etc.
- It helps get rid of worm infestation, helpful in diabetes control, as an immunity booster and for gastric and respiratory complaints.
Other Uses of Parijat flowers
- Parijat flowers are used in Ayurvedic medicine and are believed to have medicinal properties. They are also used in Hindu rituals and as offerings to deities.
- Besides medicinal uses, the parijat flower’s rich aromatic oil is used as a perfume.
- Its strong fragrance is used for making incense sticks.
- Its dried flowers and new leaves are used in several food recipes.
- The flowers are used as a source of yellow dye for clothes.
- Parijat is also used in making different beauty products as it is used to achieve a bright shine to the face.
Parijat leaves Side Effects
- Though there are many benefits of this plant, one can’t ignore the side effects of the Parijat plant.
- It should be taken in moderation and used carefully.
- It causes vomiting, nausea, stomach irritation, etc.
- It may cause gastric lesions due to the presence of methyl salicylate.
- The high levels of tannin present in the parijat plant’s leaves can also cause nose and throat cancer.
Is Parijat good for your home?
This is the flower of the Gods so how can we not welcome it to our homes. The fragrance of the beautiful parijat flower is enough to fill your house with a strong aroma. Plant this wonderful flower in your homes and enjoy its beauty. Do keep in mind that according to Vastu, Parijat should not be planted in southwest, northwest or east directions.