Most flowers have an uplifting effect on the human spirit with their colors, scents and beauty. However, some of the popular flowers also have amazing healing powers, which can be used for physical health enhancement as well as for safely managing emotional issues caused by life’s pressure and challenges. I have highlighted 8 popular flowers for healing. For these reasons, flower therapy is an excellent alternative to prescription tranquilizers and sedatives.
Though whole flowers and their parts can be used, mostly their phyto-chemical derivatives are used for various health and healing purposes. The flower essences are either prepared by:
1) Boiling method, where various flower parts are boiled with natural spring water or by
2) Sun method, where heads of flowers are exposed to the sun while placed in spring water. This energetic essence is ingested orally or smothered as a cream on the skin for healing purposes.
Flowers astonishing effect on human psyche makes them useful to greatly improve physical ailments that have a psychological component like hypertension, insomnia, allergies, asthma, eating disorders, migraines and bedwetting. Besides, flowers have a rebalancing effect on emotions like fear, stress and aggression; flower therapy is also useful in cognitive issues like combating memory loss, improving stuttering and dyslexia; and enhancing learning skills.
The colour, scent and few other physical features of a flower are the main elements that have been identified for their healing properties. Here are the healing benefits of 8 commonly known flowers:
The edible Dandelion flowers are rich in minerals like iron, zinc and potassium; and vitamins A, B, C and D. This excellent nutritional composition makes dandelion flowers a tonic for overall wellbeing. Dandelion is often used as a laxative and for cleaning of blood. It is effective in curing anaemia and in treatment of digestive, liver and gallbladder problems. Dandelion also helps in controlling blood sugar and cholesterol levels. You can boil some dried dandelion flowers for 2 minutes, strain it and enjoy this herbal tonic.
Lavender is known for its excellent soothing properties. Its calming effect on nervous system has multiple therapeutic benefits from relieving anxiety, depression, irritability, mental fatigue, panic attacks and stress to menstrual cramps and hypertension. This restorative effect of lavender on your mind also ensures better quality sleep at night. Besides enhancing overall sense of well-being lavender has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which help in skin ailments. You can boil some dried lavender flowers, strain and drink this medicinal tea.
Honeysuckle flowers have antiviral and antibiotic properties and are safe to eat. These flowers are effective in treating almost all inflammatory conditions from sore throat to arthritis. You can make a gargle wash for treating sore throats or smother the paste of these flowers to treat any skin inflammation. Did you know this everyday ingredient can help with arthritis.
Hibiscus flowers are rich in antioxidants and amino acids, which strengthens body’s systems to prevent the damaging effects of aging, diet, and environmental pollution. By reducing wrinkles and other signs of ageing, hibiscus flowers support healthy looking skin and hair. Hibiscus flowers are often used for exfoliating, hydrating and tightening of skin.
The rejuvenating effect of hibiscus flowers also stimulates blood circulation in the scalp, which help in treating dandruff and other scalp-related conditions. These flowers can be used to condition your hair and minimizing hair loss associated with use of harsh chemicals or due to natural aging process. You can apply the puree of hibiscus flowers on your hair, leave it for half an hour and then wash off with plain water to revitalize your hair naturally.
The edible Rose flowers are rich in vitamin C, which makes them perfect to heal skin ailments and rejuvenate aging skin. These flowers also help in hydrating dull skin and revitalizing mature skin by increasing blood circulation. Rose flowers are often used as a mild laxative. The unique uplifting fragrance of these flowers also helps in enhancing overall sense of well-being and relieving depression. You can make tea from rose petals or apply a paste of these flowers to revive your facial skin. Rose water and essential rose oil are also available as cosmetics in the market. This can also help increase your blood circulation
Lotus flowers are considered sacred and are often used to enhance spiritual experience as it helps in deepening meditation and integrating higher insight with the lower chakras. This flower also has amazing healing properties, which are often used to cure bleeding disorders, fever, diarrhea and even bronchitis. The anti-oxidants rich lotus flower acts as natural toner, which helps in reducing wrinkles, tightens skin and soothes chapped dry skin. You can make syrup from lotus flowers to get relief from bad coughs or smother a paste of these flowers to naturally condition your skin. This wonder drug might just surprise you!
Chamomile flowers have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and analgesic properties. Use of Chamomile flowers after physical exertion helps in reducing inflammation, aids tissue recovery, and relieves muscular cramps. It is often used to soothe digestive system and helps in easing related disorders like nausea, stomach cramps, menstrual cramp and discomfort.
The soothing effect of Chamomile flowers also helps in healing various skin ailments and enhances health of your skin. The sweet fragrance of Chamomile flowers also has uplifting effect on human psyche, which helps in relieving stress and improving quality of sleep. You can make herbal tea from dried chamomile to get the myriad benefits of these flowers.
Bright yellow or orange Calendula flowers are known for their antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. These flowers are often used externally to ease inflammation and heal wounds, burns, rashes and injuries. Calendula flowers when taken internally stimulate blood circulation and speed up recovery from colds and fevers. You can make a tea from calendula flowers and use this anti-inflammatory herbal formula: as face wash to treat acne, eyewash to treat conjunctivitis, mouthwash to treat mouth sores and vaginal wash to treat yeast infections.
Flowers are Mother Nature’s amazing gift, start using the healing powers of these flowers to cure a variety of afflictions and make your everyday life more enjoyable.