Generally speaking, we use flowers to express our feelings. We say “Thank you.” “I love you,” “I am sorry,” by giving flowers to another person. We also use flowers in aromatherapy as essential oils and fragrance. However, most of us do not realize the medicinal benefits of using flowers internally or externally. Flower extracts, flower water, dried and fresh flowers, flower oils can be used to treat various physical and mental conditions. Various compounds and scents present in flowers can heal us in many ways.
You can use these flowers to heal your emotional, psychological, mental and physical problems. Here are some common flowers that have medicinal properties. These flowers have been used by herbalist for a long time. Clinical studies have also proved that these flowers have a wonderful effect on the mind and body.
Because of its mild sedative properties, passionflower has been used since ages to treat stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. Clinical studies have shown that passionflowers are as good as prescription drugs when it comes to alleviating the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Also called the pot marigold, ruddles, common marigold or Scotch marigold, Calendula flower has been used since ages to prevent muscle spasms, start the menstrual cycle, prevent menstrual cramps, reduce fever, treat sore throat and mouth, and stomach ulcers, Clinical studies have proved that Calendula is highly beneficial in cancer treatment. Studies have also shown that Calendula has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties are highly beneficial in inflammation.
It is said that Trojans used yarrow to treat the wounds of soldiers injured in the Trojan War. Historically speaking, healing properties of yarrow has been recognized for more than 2,500 years. Yarrow stops bleeding and stops infection as it has antiseptic properties. Yarrow is highly beneficial in treating inflammation and pain. You can apply the flower paste on your cuts, burns, and wounds or drink juice or tea to treat pain and inflammation. Yarrow is also good in the treatment of fever and high blood pressure.
Studies have shown that Hawthorn improves cardiovascular blood flow, strengthen the heart muscle, lowers blood pressure and calms palpitations. Hawthorn has been used by herbalists, even doctors, for heart rhythm disturbances and mild congestive heart failure. Herbalist recommends drinking Hawthorn tea for those who have a family history of cardiovascular disease. This flower is good for heart health.
Echinacea has been used to treat infectious diseases and wounds since ages. Numerous scientific studies have confirmed the medicinal properties of Echinacea and the flower has been established as a natural antibiotic. If you have cold, flu, viral infection, you can use Echinacea. Not just flowers, even the roots of Echinacea have healing properties.
Lavender is well known for its relaxing properties. You can massage your forehead with lavender oil or drink lavender tea when you have stress, anxiety, and sleeping problems. Clinical studies have shown that lavender helps to curb anxiety and stress.
These are just a few flowers that you can use to heal your mind and body. Some other common flowers with medicinal benefits are Meadowsweet (can be used for pain relief and improve digestion), Chamomile (can be used for skin related problems), and St. John’s Wort (can be used for easing mild and moderate depression).