Maybe we should send some to Congress.
In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Gardenia is used to clear heat in cases of high fever. It is known mostly, however, for the delicious aroma of its beautiful white flowers.
It has been used to treat high blood pressure and should not be used if you're already on a blood pressure medicine. There is nothing, however, problematic with indulging in that amazing fragrance. If you ask me, taking a few minutes everyday to breathe deeply of gardenias, roses, or any other fragrant flower or herb is a calming ritual, therapeutic to mind, body and spirit. Indulge to your heart's content!