Healing flowers have been used to treat everyday ailments and diseases for thousands of years. From relieving symptoms of a chest cold to relieving insomnia, flowers with medicinal benefits can bring peace to mind, body, and spirit.
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Flowers with medicinal benefits and their uses
Did you know that some flowers have the power to heal you? Flowers with medicinal benefits have been used for centuries to help combat a variety of common ailments. Here are ten medicinal flowers that are as beautiful as they are beneficial to your health:
Roses are rich in vitamin C and can be used to create a syrup or tincture for cold and cough relief. As anti-inflammatories, they are excellent for the relief of joint and muscle pain.
Lavender is commonly used as a sleep aid, either as an essential oil or as a tea.
Evening primrose offers a seed oil that has high levels of fatty acids that are known to balance hormones and increase blood circulation. It can also be used to relieve stress and anxiety.
St. John’s wort
St. John’s wort is often used to treat mental health problems such as depression, in the form of an oil or tincture. It is also often used to relieve symptoms of PMS and IBS.
Jasmine flowers can be used to aid digestion and relieve cramps and body aches. Jasmine can also be used for sleep and anxiety problems.
Calendula has traditionally been used to treat skin conditions, such as scrapes and acne. It is also an anti-inflammatory and antiviral.
Hawthorn offers a host of antioxidants, making it an excellent flower for heart health, including strengthening the heart, improved circulation, and lower blood pressure.
Passionflower offers relief from a variety of mental and emotional ailments, including anxiety and panic disorders, as well as insomnia and depression. It was first used by the Aztecs.
Echinacea was traditionally used by Native American tribes to treat internal and external injuries and illnesses, as well as to control symptoms of the common cold and flu.
Chamomile is commonly used as a tea or tincture to aid digestion and sleep. It is also a natural pain reliever and is excellent with cramps.
How to use medicinal flowers
The medicinal flowers can be used in various ways to heal and soothe. One of the best ways to harness the healing power of these plants is to create a tea. But there are also other ways to use healing flowers every day.
Make a bag
Herb Sachets use aromatic herbs and flowers and provide an aromatherapy experience.
You can place sachets under your pillow, in drawers, in your car, or even on your desk. To make a pouch, get an open linen or fabric bag with a drawstring at the craft store.
Fill the bag with dried herbs and medicinal flowers and add a couple of drops of your favorite flower essential oil. Then close the bag tightly. To release the scent, simply rub the bag.
Making a flower tincture
A tincture is a concentrated herbal extract that uses alcohol as a solvent. They can be taken internally in a dropper or in a tea with dried flowers. Making tinctures is very easy. To do this, simply grind or mince the flower of your choice.
Fill a glass jar with the dried herb about ¾. Then fill the rest of the jar with the alcohol of your choice, making sure to completely cover the plants. This mixture should sit for approximately six to eight weeks.
A brief history of healing plants
Herbalism, or the use of plants for medicinal purposes, dates back to the beginning of 3000 BC in Shen Ning’s Pen Ts’ao. The list of medicinal herbs is the oldest known and contains Chinese herbal remedies for common health problems of the past and present.
Throughout the centuries, civilizations have used herbalism to cure, prevent and alleviate the symptoms of the most serious and simple diseases such as the common cold.
In the mid-15th century, when the printing press was invented, herbalism became more accessible to the medical community. Because herbalism required few special skills, those who could read and reach the printed herbal guides could apply them as prescribed and find relief.
Today, many of the traditional uses for healing medicinal plants and flowers are the same and can be used for everyday ailments.
Benefits of flowers for mental health
In addition to ingesting or smelling flowers, just seeing a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers can do wonders for your mental health and creativity. Whether you want to beautify your home or office, there are always seasonal flowers and they are a gift of nature for everyone to take advantage of.