Flowers are more than just pretty to look at, they can also be used for their healing properties. Flashback to the olden times before modern medicine was born, fresh blooms were actually used for medicinal purposes. In fact, Ancient Egyptians believed that the essence of flowers were given magical healing powers by the deities and that their wonderful scent was bestowed by the gods to let mortals become “more perfect” by smelling it. Let’s take a look at some of the best healing flowers Mother Nature has to offer.
English Lavender is the specific type of lavender that has been most used for medicinal purposes over the years. Its essential oil is perfect for aromatherapy. When inhaled, it promotes relaxation and induces sleep. Not only is it great for calming your nerves, it’s also great for calming your skin. With anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects, it’s the perfect remedy for all your pimple pals!
Supposedly used during the Trojan Wars, yarrow (Achillea millefolium) was used as an “herbal band-aid”. Its feather-like leaves and dense cluster of flowers help stop bleeding, inflammation and help to relieve pain. Also, yarrow promotes sweating which in turn helps in lowering fevers when drunk as tea. It’s also used in herbal formulas to help lower blood pressure.
Rose to the Rescue
Roses can be found in many bouquets, such as A Better Florist’s The Julianne, but did you know that it can also be used for healing purposes? It contains a good dose of Vitamin C, which is perfect as an important antioxidant to help overall health and fight serious conditions such as heart disease and stroke. Rose petals are also great for increasing blood circulation and battling depression, anxiety and viruses.
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