Flowers and their medicinal uses

Flowers as medicine

We often think of fresh flowers as décor for our homes and gardens. However, these natural beauties have so much more to offer other than their good looks. There are a number of fresh flowers that are packed full of medicinal properties to help fight sickness. So, instead of reaching for a ‘magic pill’ inside your medicine cabinet, why not consider a natural alternative instead?

Roses are known for improving blood circulation. You need only chew on a few sweet petals! For those who suffer from a slight to moderate case of the blues, chewing on rose petals can also help you shake that feeling of sadness. Of course, even if you aren’t keen on the idea of eating flowers, a bouquet of fresh roses delivered to your door will definitely improve your mood! Rose petal tea is great or cleansing the gall bladder and liver.

For all the ladies out there who suffer from painful menstrual cramps, try a sunflower petal infusion. Since most painkillers have little to no effect, it’s worth trying something natural instead. If you suffer from ulcers, this infusion is also known to be quite soothing. Alternatively, for tonsillitis and sore throats, you can gargle with it for fast relief. Chrysanthemums aren’t just bold and beautiful, they can also help you fight a cold and fever. If you suffer from headaches, this is a great option to relieve the pain without popping any pills.

If you have honey suckle growing in your garden, you will be familiar with the amazing sweet smell. Apart from this lovely scent, honey suckle is also known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It can be used to treat various forms of inflammation including sore throats and arthritis.

Not only do different flowers offer different medicinal benefits, but their benefits also depend on how they are prepared. Teas need to be steeped and infusions need to be made according to the set recipe. Make sure that you measure all of your ingredients before preparing any natural remedies. Also remember that these are natural approaches but they should only be used if you have the green light from your doctor. Some plants, although completely natural, can interact with certain medications and there can be side effects too. Once you are aware of these side effects and your doctor approves of your treatment plan, you too can make the most of nature’s medicine!

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