Healing flowers have been used to treat everyday ailments and illnesses for thousands of years. From easing the symptoms of a chest cold to providing relief from insomnia, healing flowers can bring peace to the mind, body, and spirit.
Healing Flowers and Their Uses
Did you know that some flowers have the power to heal you? Healing flowers have been used for centuries to help fight off a variety of common ailments. Below are ten medicinal flowers that are just as pretty as they are beneficial to your health:
1. Roses are high in vitamin C and can be used to create a syrup or tincture for colds and cough relief. As an anti-inflammatory, they are great for joint and muscle pain relief.
2. Lavender is commonly used as a sleep aid, either as an essential oil or tea.
3. 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 ease stress and anxiety.
4. St. John’s Wort is often used to treat mental health concerns such as depression, in the form of an oil or tincture. It is also often used to ease the symptoms of PMS and IBS.
5. Jasmine flowers can be used to ease digestion, and provide relief for cramps and body aches. Jasmine can also be used for sleep and anxiety concerns.
6. Marigold has been used traditionally to treat conditions of the skin, such as scrapes and acne. It is also an anti-inflammatory and antiviral.
7. Hawthorne offers an abundance of antioxidants, making it an excellent flower for heart health including heart strengthening, improved circulation, and lower blood pressure.
8. Passionflower offers relief to 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.
9. Echinacea was traditionally used by Native American tribes to treat both internal and external wounds and diseases, as well as to manage the symptoms of the common cold and the flu.
10. Chamomile is commonly used as a tea or tincture to aid in digestion and help with sleep. It is also a natural pain reliever and is excellent with cramps.
How to Use Medicinal Flowers
Medicinal flowers can be used in a variety of ways for healing and soothing. One of the best ways to make use of the healing power of plants is to create a tea. But there are also other ways you can use healing flowers every day.
Make a Sachet
Herbal sachets make use of aromatic herbs and flowers and provide an aromatherapy experience. You can place sachets under your pillow, in drawers, in your car, or even at your desk. To make a sachet, get a linen or open-weave fabric bag from the craft store with a drawstring. Fill the bag with dried herbs and medicinal flowers and add a couple of drops of your favorite flower essential oil. Then tightly close the bag. To release the scent, simply rub the bag.
Make 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 made into a tea with dried flowers. Making tinctures is very easy. To do so, simply grind or chop up the flower of your choice. Fill a mason jar with the dried herb about ¾ of the way from the top. Then fill the rest of the jar with the alcohol of your choice, being sure to completely cover the plants. This mixture should sit for about six to eight weeks. For a full tutorial, check out the Mountain Rose Herbs blog.
A Brief History of Healing Plants
Herbalism, or the use of plants for a medicinal purpose, can be traced back as early as 3000 B.C. in Shen Ning’s Pen Ts’ao. The list of medicinal herbs is the oldest known in existence and contains Chinese herbal remedies to common health problems of the past and present. Through the ages, herbalism has been used by civilizations to heal, prevent, and ease the symptoms of major illnesses and those as simple as the common cold.
In the mid-fifteenth century when the printing press was invented, herbalism became more accessible to the medical community. Because herbalism required little special skills, those who could read and attain
printed herbal guides could apply them as prescribed and find relief. Today, many of the traditional uses for healing plants and medicinal flowers are the same and can be used for everyday ailments.
Mental Health Benefits of Flowers
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