Floral designs used in body art offer a great deal of choice for those who want to express themselves using the language of flowers and one of the less used designs has to be that of the gardenia tattoo. These flowers are prized for their wonderful fragrance that can full a room with its sweet smelling scent from just one bloom. The flowers are generally waxy and white in color and texture although there are many different varieties which come in alternative colors too.

According to the secret language of flowers which was a popular means of expressing one’s feelings in private in stuffy Victorian times where society frowned on obvious displays of love and affection. Symbolically, giving gardenias as a gift is a way of telling the receiver how lovely they are but this particular flower is also synonymous with secret love or joy. As body art, a gardenia tattoo symbolizes sweetness, purity and refinement however it is also associated with time and evaluation.

This particular flower is popular in the Far East also for various reasons, not least for its aromatic qualities. These specific properties make it a popular choice for perfume as it is also believed to be an aphrodisiac so it is a common ingredient in many oils, incense, and household products like room fragrance sprays. The gardenia is also praised for its calming scent which is considered to be very spiritually uplifting so it is also used in many toiletries such as creams, lotions and bath products. In Japan and China the predominant variety of this flower is yellow in color so the bloom is also used for a dye for yellow food coloring as well as clothes. Traditional Chinese medicine also makes regular use of the blooms because of their calming properties that help clear the mind and cool the body.

Around the world this flower has different connotations for differing cultures. It is the national flower of Pakistan while it was commonly used by French men up to the latter part of the 20th Century as a buttonhole for special occasions. These are also synonymous with Mother’s Day in some parts of the world and women whose mothers are deceased wear a white gardenia on this day in their memory while red in the chosen color to represent the living. As body art, a gardenia tattoo would work well as part of a memorial design to pay homage to your own mother or the mother of one’s child.

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