Modern life, with all of its conveniences and technological advancements, can still be extremely stressful, annoying and generally unpleasant. Although there isn't much that can be done about growing wage gaps, rising fuel prices and longer shifts at the office to compensate, there are fortunately techniques that can be used to help reduce the impact of stress, enhance the beauty of your environment and improve your overall health. The secret weapons in this case are flowers and plants.
Flowers are the part of the plant which besides being beautiful is also rich in plant hormones. Due to the presence of many such compounds flowers are used across the world in popular and traditional medicines. Flower power can be used as an infusion (called in lay terms as flower and fruit tea). They can be used as a poultice for skin problems and as an aroma therapy for many diseases. Flowers are also a natural and healthful moderator of moods in the following ways:
- Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness.
- Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods.
- Flowers make intimate connections.
Apart from emotional benefits, flowers can also have a much more tangible effect on the human body. Let's have a look at the physical benefits of flowers:
- Rose (Gulab): Rose is a very popular flower in natural medicine. It is used in a beverage form to heal the liver and intestine especially in cases of irritable bowel disease, gall bladder and liver problems. It is supposed to be very good in bilious disorders. Rose aroma is a happy aroma and is supposed to aid in elevating mood.
- Marigold (Genda): The petals of Marigold are used to make very good eyewash; Marigold is also used in both homeopathic and conventional medicine as a healing ointment for cuts and grazes. Marigold has antiseptic, stimulant and anti-fungal properties.
- Dandelion (Kanphul): The infusion made with dandelion treats anemia, jaundice and nervousness. It also purifies the blood.
- Chamomile (Babunah): It removes gases in the intestine, excessive stress, skin burns and irritations. It also helps in improving immunity of the system Chamomile benefits include providing relief from mouth ulcers, stomachaches and stressed muscles.
- Begonia (Kapru): Boiling this flower in water along with a dash of cinnamon (dalchini) is very useful for eliminating toxins from the blood and cleansing the liver. A paste made with the flower can be applied on burns, pains and toxic sores.
- Calendula (Pot Marigold, Genda): Use the essence of Calendula for relieving from menstruation pain, sore throats and tonsillitis. Apply it on cancer sores and wounds for quick healing.
- Chrysanthemum (Chandramallika): The drink made with this flower cures cold and fever. Apply the juice with a cotton ball over the eyes for relieving the swelling and redness in eyes which occurs due to pollution. The infusion relieves from headaches and hypertensions.
- Nasturtium (Watercress): The infusion of this flower cures cold and influenza. It has antiviral and antibacterial properties which help control urinary tract infection and respiratory infections.
- Cornflower: Put few drops of essence in a wet cotton ball and keep over the eyes for relieving strain. Use in facial cream and do a facial of this flower for skin eruptions and acne.
- Honeysuckle: Gargling with the essence of this flower relieves sore throat. It is also effective for all inflammatory conditions. The blossoms are rich in antiviral and antibacterial properties. The leaves and stems of this flower are useful for arthritis.
- Hyssop (Brahmi): Gargling with the essence of this flower relieves sore throat and reduces inflammation. It relieves from cold and flu. Applying as a paste on bruises helps control bruises.
- Plum (Alu bukhara) flowers: This flower is useful in curing cough and diarrhea. Taking steam inhalation with the flower essence is good in lung infections.
- Sunflower (Surajmukhi): The infusion of this flower relieves from menstruation pain and ulcers. Gargling with the infusion relieves sore throat and tonsillitis. It is a remedy for cancer sores.
- Valerian (Mushkbala): This flower relieves from anxiety and insomnia. It is a remedy for migraines, tension headaches and rheumatic pains. The essence of this flower relieves from muscle and menstrual cramps.
- Yarrow: Use the infusion of this flower for upper respiratory phlegm. Use it externally as a wash for eczema. It is a remedy for cold and flu.
Although these benefits of flowers may not help you to suddenly love your job or feel like a million bucks, they are definitely helpful ways to improve your overall quality of life. Remember that if you're feeling down, pick up a potted plant or bouquet to take advantage of the benefits of flowers today.
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