Flowers are not only beautiful, but they can be used as essential ingredients in a food and medicine. Many edible flowers are rich in phenolics and have excellent antioxidant capacity. They can be added to your food or in teas to prevent chronic disease.
Flower Remedies are very simple, since they are almost tasteless, they can be taken along with any food, in the drinking water, or directly in the mouth. In addition, the dosage is standard for almost all animal species, regardless of size, age, or states of health.
Flowers do not oppose traditional drugs, since their action impacts on a different plane. This allows the health practitioners to not necessarily make drastic therapeutic choices (Flower Remedies vs. drugs); rather, they combine very well with traditional treatments since they help the people and animals to better overcome stress situations and to be an active part in the healing process.
Jasmine: The scent of jasmine promotes a sense of well-being and calm. As a fragrant flower, it is usually blended with green tea and added to salads. It is said to have anti-carcinogenic and anti-viral properties. The health benefits of jasmine tea include a reduced risk of heart attacks, a stronger immune system, and the prevention of diabetes.
Rose: The king of flowers has a special place in Chinese medicine. They are said to contain phenolics, which are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Said to be a rich source of vitamins, it is believed to reduce the risk of heart diseases, cancers and diabetes. Red roses enhance the energy in our body and make us more active by stimulating adrenal glands, the indigo of an iris makes us more confident and tranquil by removing fear or inhibition.
Peony: The lovely peony does not just decorate wedding corsages, but when eaten can also alleviate you from depression. Peony is one of the oldest flowers, with 4000 thousands years of history. Peony has strong sedative, calming and anti-convulsive properties. It is often used for neurological disorders, strained nervous conditions or nightmares, and high blood pressure.
Peony contains an antibacterial compound, paeonol, which makes it a valuable anti-inflammation and anti-fungal ingredient for treating wounds, skin irritations and inflammations.
California Poppy: Don’t worry when using California Poppies since they are not addictive and do not have any opium in the plant. However, it can be used to help reduce anxiety and insomnia, as well as bladder problems in children and adults. California Poppies can be used along with other natural sources over a longer period of time to help with depression and fatigue.
Pansies: These bright coloured big flowers not only makes pretty picture, but is beneficial for your heart, kidney, blood pressure among others as it’s high on potassium and other minerals. Ointments and skin creams made with pansy as an ingredient have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Pansy is therefore used to treat skin ailments such as psoriasis, acne, eczema, itching, impetigo, and cradle cap. Drinking pansy tea or using it as a poultice on the skin can is effective as well.
Hibiscus: Often used as garnish in salads, hibiscus or shoe flower are also brewed as tea. Known to contain anthocyanins and antioxidants, they are also said to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Hibiscus leaf is a rich source of polyphenols which are thought to have hypolipidemic (lipid-lowering) and antioxidant effects. A study conducted in Portugal found that drinks containing hibiscus exhibited higher antioxidant activity than other beverages. Hibiscus leaf polyphenols (HLP) are also a functional food against cancer.
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