Flowers represent joy, happiness, freedom and positivity. Something else that flowers represent, an aspect that many tend to neglect, is health. Flowers have healing properties hidden beneath their beautiful, fragrant surfaces. Since it is a summer season and flowers are smiling at us, there is no better time to talk about their healing properties. Here are a few flowers with magical healing properties you didn’t know about!
Peony has been used since ancient times for its beautiful blooms, appealing scent, mesmerising colors, and a variety of medicinal uses. The myriad of its medicinal prowess is never ending. Here are a few ways that these ornamental flowers can help you in easing uncomfortable and painful ailments:
- Peony roots are known to have hepatoprotective effects which helps lower bilirubin levels and restore the health of the liver. They are helpful in treating viral hepatitis.
- Peonies are known for their anti-inflammatory and immunostimulant properties. Due to these prominent properties, it is used in treating rheumatoid arthritis and to maintain natural joint health.
- Studies have represented that Peonies help the brain in enhancing cognitive abilities, and improving mood and memory. They are often used in fighting against depression and anxiety, not to mention the fragrance of the flower itself is therapeutic in nature.
- Peonies are also known for their coagulative action, which means it is an effective blood clotting agent.
- Peonies are known to relieve the symptoms of PMS, PCOS as well as relieve menstrual cramps in women.
- Peonies help in healing cracked skin and are used in many cosmetic solutions.
- Application of the concoction to the anal fissures is known to relieve the pain of hemorrhoids and start the healing process naturally.
Dandelion symbolizes youth, joy and hope, living up to its symbolization more than you know. This tiny flower, sometimes rejected as weed, is a superfood and a mine of nutrients. Here are some of the amazing medicinal uses of dandelion:
- Dandelion is rich in multiple nutrients and is considered as a superfood. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals and fibres.
- It is a good source of Vitamin A, B, C, E, K, Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Folate and Carbohydrate Inulin which is a soluble Fibre.
- Dandelions are rich in antioxidants, beta carotene and polyphenols which strongly prevent cellular damage and oxidative degeneration. It also helps enhance general immunity.
- It may have certain anti-inflammatory properties. However, no certain proof is available to back that claim.
- Chicoric and chlorogenic acid compounds found in dandelions help in reducing blood sugar level, making it effective in alleviating diabetes.
- Multiple studies suggest that dandelions can be helpful in improving the health of the heart and the liver.
- Dandelions are known as anti-carcinogens and may also aid in weight loss and healthy digestion.
- Dandelion has anti-aging properties and is used in skin care products. It is also known to be effective in fighting against UV damages caused to the skin.
- It keeps skin hydrated, prevents acne and helps in collagen production, making your skin healthy, glowing and young.
- Dandelion root is used as a substitute for coffee globally.
- Dandelion flowers are used as salad dressings, as a soup ingredient and even in herbal teas.
The beautiful, delicate and fragrant blooms of lavender ooze beauty, sensuality and elegance. The medicinal uses of lavender provide justice to its delicate symbolization. Following are a few facts about this beautiful bloom:
- Lavender oil has anti-inflammatory properties and is used to cure minor burns and bug bites.
- Lavender tea is known to be helpful in managing digestive problems such as nausea, vomiting, intestinal gas, abdominal and intestinal swelling and upset stomach.
- Lavender helps relieve pain from headaches, toothaches, sprains and sores.
- It has certain anti-fungal properties and can help cure certain fungal infections.
- Lavender has shown promising results in treating alopecia areata, which is hair loss on certain body parts. The research on this fact is being further studied.
- Lavender helps alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms and is famously used in aromatherapy across the world.
- Lavender fragrance is known to reduce dental anxiety 60% of the times.
The literal meaning of the name of this flower is “hedgehog”. Popularly used as a hedge plant for its ornamental purposes, the medicinal benefits of this beautiful coneflower often get overlooked. Here are a few reasons why echinacea could be your new best friend:
- It is widely used to fight common cold and flu symptoms.
- Echinacea is also used to help cure urinary tract infection, ear infection, and throat infection.
- It is a known anti-inflammatory agent and helps alleviate inflammation caused due to infections.
- It is beneficial in fighting against yeast infection and a few other types of fungal infections.
- A study suggests that phytochemicals present in Echinacea may be crucial in combating cancerous tumours.
- Echinacea is a natural painkiller and is used to alleviate pain caused due to snake bites, herpes, tonsillitis, toothache, stomachache, gonorrhoea, measles, etc.
- It also acts as a natural laxative and is used as constipation relief and as a calming agent.
- Echinacea herbal tea is known to reduce symptoms caused by rheumatoid arthritis.
- The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of Echinacea also help in curing various respiratory diseases such as asthma, strep, all types of flu, common cold, etc.
These flowers are easy to grow in a backyard or in kitchen gardens. They bring positive vibes to your household with their bright colors, appealing fragrances and medicinal purposes. The next time you bring home flowers or flowering plants, don’t forget to check if they have more superpowers than what meets the eye!