4 Ways to Use Flowers for WellnessMarch, 2021
When we think of spring, we think of flowers blossoming from the snowy earth. But there are tons of great uses for them too. Flower petals, leaves and roots have been used in traditional medicine for centuries and still used today. They can have calming effects when used in aromatherapy or tea and can provide additional nutrients when added to food. Here’s how you can use flowers for wellness.
It’s teatime – flowery brews for every mood
Whatever your mood is, there’s tea – and flowers – for that. Whether you need energy, a good night’s sleep or feel a little under the weather, a cup of hot or iced tea can be soothing or refreshing to the body and there are plenty of tasty floral teas to try. In traditional medicine, chamomile is used for treating infections and calming the mind and body, making it the perfect sleepy time tea and can also help with indigestion. Want to feel rosy? Rose infused green tea is packed with antioxidants, bioflavonoids, vitamins and alkaloids and can give you the energy you need to take on the day.
Spectacular scents for soothing relaxation
You’ve probably heard a lot about the holistic benefits of essential oils and aromatherapy – but how do they work? The scent molecules oils stimulate receptors in your nose which send messages to the limbic system (the emotional center of your brain).
If you’re looking to drift into a satisfying slumber, the scent of lavender can increase deep or slow-wave sleep and leave you feeling more energized in the morning according to this study. Whereas jasmine oil can calm the nervous system without causing sleepiness.
Flowers, for dinner?
Have you ever tried adding flowers to your meal? Not only does it beautify your dish, but most edible flowers also contain phytonutrients, flavonoids and antioxidants. Shake up your salad with pansies – they’ll add fresh, slightly spicy, lettuce-like flavour while boasting antimicrobial properties. Interested in a floral-infused sweet treat? Steep carnations in sugar water to elevate your desserts!
A pretty bouquet is more than just eye candy. Floral arrangements and greenery can boost your mood and improve your environment by purifying air, reducing stress, helping with memory and encouraging creative thinking. There’s a reason they’re used during meaningful life events like weddings or graduations! However, you don’t need a special occasion to pick up a bouquet – show yourself some love and decorate your space with flowers. Pick up chrysanthemums for air purification or your favourite colour of roses to boost your mood.
Note: When using flowers in food or drink, do not use flowers with pesticides or fertilizer. Ensure they are suitable for edible purposes and avoid purchasing from florists, garden centers or nurseries – these flowers are not grown for consumption.
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