Tahitian gardenia is used to produce the cosmetic oil called Monoi de Tahiti, a traditional natural product made by soaking Gardenia taitensis blossoms (Tiare flowers) in rich, purified coconut oil.
"Monoi" is an ancient Tahitian word meaning "scented oil" and the product is part of long-established cosmetic practice among the Tahitian people. The beautiful Tahitian women, "Vahines", use Monoi de Tahiti daily to hydrate and protect their skin and to condition their hair.
Monoi de Tahiti is also an ideal pre-shampoo conditioning treatment for dehydrated and damaged hair, helping to restore shine and bounce. Tests also show a slight anti-dandruff effect.
Natural anti-fungal qualities in the rich Tahitian coconut oil together with the antiseptic properties of Gardenia help to protect both skin and scalp effectively.
** The information provided above is not intended to be used as a guide for treatment of medical conditions using plants.