Parijatham (Nyctanthes arbor-tristis) is a small shrub or tree originally from South Asia, It grows to 10 m (33 ft) tall, with flaky grey bark. Parijat flowers are worshipped as the flowers fit for the Gods. The word ‘parijat’ literally means descended from or celestial. The flower has a divine fragrance and in addition to medicinal values.
The name comes from the tree’s rhythm of blooming, as the tree blossoms with fragrance in the late evening and loses its flower just before sunrise. People call it a night flowering sad tree because it loses its radiance during the day.
The leaves have been used in Ayurvedic medicine and Homoeopathy for sciatica, arthritis, and fevers, and as a laxative.