Gardenia, A few Facts you may not Know..

WaterFigs & Honey proudly uses Tahitian Gardenia Monoi. 

Monoi means sacred oil.  It has been used since the mists of time by Polynesians for its moisturizing virtues as well as in traditional pharamacopeia.  No other product can boast two thousand years of successful individual testing.  It is specific to French Polynesia because it is made from ‘tiare’ flowers (Gardenia Tahitensis) that are soaked in Copra Oil (Coconut Oil).  Monoi de Tahiti Appelation d’Origine (AO) is the first cosmetic product to be protected by an international decree.  Gardenia Tahitensis Flower the Tiare Flower, is Tahiti’s national flower.  That variety, which is adapted to the Polynesian soils, grows everywhere in FrenchPolynesia and blossoms all year long.  The air is full with the sweet smelling frangrance of this small white flower that grows on small three foot tall bushes.  This flower is native to the Pacific Region and requires the action of men for its asexual reproduction, and therefore is achieved without seeds.  The Gardenia Tahitensis bushes grows best on soils of Coral Origin.  Tiare flowers are deeply rooted in the Polynesian cultural life.  Indeed, they are much used in the flower necklaces which are offered to tourists as a welcome token on their arrival.  The vahine (Polynesian women) also use them everyday to enhance their beauty.  Among all Tahitian plants, the tiare is the one which is most used in traditional medicine.  Although its active principles are not known yet, one thing is certain, the tiare is absolutely not toxic!  In infusion with other essentia loils or as an external remedy, it is used to treat various problems, from mosquito bites to headaches and even liver cancer.  Its flower buds, when crushed with a few drops of MONOI, are used to soothe ear aches or can be applied on wounds after mixing them with breadruit tree latex (Artocarpus Altilis) ” It appears undeniable to us that the tiare has a soothing effect.” Petard, 1986, Plantes Untiles De Polynesie.

Copra Oil (coconut Oil) another symbolic element of the Polynesian environment is also an ingredient of MONOI.  The coconut tree called “haari” is Tahitian (Cocos nucifera) from ythe Palm tree family, and which was introduced during the first migrations, perfectly adapted itself to the Ploynesian soil and climate.  Since the export of coconut oil resulted in a substantial need in coconuts a century ago, the coconut tree has ranked firs tin the Polynesian Flora, which is reflected by the great number of coconut groves around Polynesia.  Since it is widely used in the domestic life, in the diet and the traditional medicine the coconut tree is closely associated with the settlement of the island and atolls of French Polynesia.  I will mention here only a few of the numerous uses associated with it.  It’s dried leaves  make up the roofs of “fare” (Polynesian Houses), its trunk is used in carpentry work, its roots infused in herbal teas to help struggle against dysentery.  The ‘coconut butter’ is easy to digest, does not go rancid easily and has aromatic qualities.  The coconut water ‘pape haari’ is the perfect drink to quench one’s thirst.  Moroever, it is completely sterile!  it is a harmless diuretic product because of the presence of levulose, a type of sugar that is tolerated by people suffering from diabetes.  Its pulp, when grated then squeezed, provides coconut milk, one of the basic ingredients in the Polynesian diet.  Refined coconut oil is mainly used in the making of MONOI, and thus gives its natural moisturizing virtues.  Once dried and grated, the pulp gives the famous coconut oil.  Coconuts are harvested in the islands and atolls, the pulp is taken out of the shell and then dried under the sun.  The dried pulp is then transported to the refinery, where the coconut oil is extracted through a pressing process.  When the MONOI oil has solidified it is necessary to expose it to heat (natural sun, hot water or close to a heat source). 

So…… this amazing Gardenia Monoi is in all the Gardenia products that contain Gardenia at Figs & Honey.  If you notice the perfume seperating in cooler temperatures, warm it in the hand or a cup of warm water.  I think this makes this product the REAL DEAL.  The Hand and Body wash seperates because of the MONOI, It looks great and just needs a shake and it will be rich and luxurious.

Hope this article was not too long winded.  Just another little Fact ……..