Flowers in any form – whole, part or essence – can be great healers of disorders that have become common due to irregular lifestyle, anxiety, stress, and pollution. The time-tested natural medicinal properties of flowers not only result in total repair and healing without any side-effects but also ensure a positive long-lasting effect on human mind and body.Let’s have a look at the Disorders that can be cured by medicinal flowers.
Skin & Hair Disorders
The simple and basic skin tonic which nourishes your skin, giving it an enviable glow is Rose Water. Made by boiling fresh rose petals in spring water, this liquid has strong anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-aging properties to soothe skin irritations and redness. Often used as an astringent or skin cleanser, it removes extra oil and dirt from the clogged pores of the skin. Eventually, it helps to strengthen the skin and regenerate skin tissues, leaving it soft, supple and younger looking. The antioxidant properties of rose extracts work wonders on the skin to heal the visible acne, freckles, cuts, scars, spots or blemishes. Rose extracts are actively used in beauty products like face wash, creams, moisturizers, face masks and gels for the same. Rose water can also cure scalp infection and dandruff. In fact, it is a great tonic for hair and can be used as a natural conditioner to revitalize hair growth.
Another flower which has great healing properties is Hibiscus, or Shoe flower, a common sight in your neighbor’s garden, if not yours. While dried Hibiscus leaves are widely used in the Mexican cuisine, the flowers are crushed and made into syrup in places like Australia to be used in drinks, wines or cocktails. Presence of Vitamin C and minerals in the flower prevents loss and premature graying of hair.
Calendula and Evening Primrose are other potential healers for skin allergies, irritation, inflammation, and swelling. Having strong antiseptic and antimicrobial components, extracts from these flowers are used for ointments, creams and tinctures to treat minor skin infections/problems like eczema, wounds, cuts, burns, (diaper) rashes and insect bites.
The increasing pollution has transformed the atmosphere around us into a huge cloud of poisonous gases – inhaling poison, one breath at a time. While we strive hard to stay indoors and inhale pure air, it has become nearly impossible for many to escape respiratory disorders. At this juncture, natural remedies, if practiced for a prolonged time on a regular basis can come to the rescue.
Commonly known as Butterfly Weed, Hollyrock and Blood Root, these medicinal flowers can cure respiratory troubles and lung infections. Mainly spotted in the North-Eastern parts of United States, Blood Root is used by many Native American tribes specifically to treat cold, chest congestion, pneumonia, whooping cough. It is also used as a bronchial muscle relaxant for patients suffering from asthma. Consuming brew made from Sunflower or gargling with the concoction can help to heal a sore throat or similar infection. Butterfly Weed, used by Native Indians in cuisines, effectively treats lungs and other respiratory disorders.
Stressful life and hectic schedules have made the term ‘psychological disorders’ common for many. The disorders that were rare earlier and whose names were uttered in hushed tones have become common these days, and people have no qualms admitting that they suffer from anxiety, depression or insomnia. Here, flowers and their natural abilities can be used to the optimum to soothe and relax the human mind.
Traditionally, Lavender is one such flower which has a great positive therapeutic and curative impact on the nervous system. An active mood stabilizer, Lavender oil is one of the important ingredients to make essential oils for aromatherapy, which helps to soothe nerves and cure anxiety, and can be effectively used to treat many neurological disorders like depression, anxiety.
Lavender, the fragrance, has found favoritism, especially among women due to its mildness and soothing effect. An investigation into Lavender oil proved that women who suffered from pre-menstrual syndrome, postpartum depression, psychological distress, post-traumatic stress disorder or mood swings, showed great improvement after using Lavender oils or inhaling Lavender fragrance in the form of room-freshener or potpourri.
Extensive use of laptops, tablets, and mobiles have caused insomnia or disruptions of the natural sleeping cycle, which has its share of negative side-effects. Lavender, again, is proved to be an excellent natural remedy to cure insomnia or sleeplessness and improve sleep quality. Taking Lavender orally in form of tablets or inhaling the essence of the flower in the form of oil relaxes the nervous system, helping in getting peaceful sleep. In recent times, extracts of many flowers like Lavender, Jasmine, Sunflower and Chamomile are taken as tea infusions for relieving stress and menstrual cramps. Other medicinal flowers which can cure mental fatigue and psychological disturbance are Gardenia, Ylang Ylang, Passion Flower, Snapdragon, and California poppy.
With a demanding lifestyle and hardly any time to exercise, we are left with a growing risk of suffering from lifestyle disorders like diabetes, hypertension, stroke, obesity, etc.
Ever heard of Banana flowers? They are the blossoms of the banana tree. Extensively used as a vegetable in Asia, Banana flowers are a rich source of vitamins and minerals. These medicinal flowers in india have the properties to fight diabetes, heart diseases and obesity.
Dandelion, a bright yellow flower helps in controlling blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels. Often given as tea, Rosy Periwinkle, commonly known as Madagascar Periwinkle has the potential to provide relief to people suffering from diabetes, (which, according to WHO affects over 347 million people worldwide) and high blood pressure. Recently, in India, a group of scientists has discovered the potential of natural chemicals extracted from a certain species of Hibiscus that can be generated as a therapeutic agent for diabetics. Wrinkled Rose, a rich source of Vitamin C when taken as a tea infusion has been shown to improve blood circulation, thereby preventing the possibility of a stroke or heart attack.
From ‘anti-cancer plant’ to ‘life-saving plant’, Rosy Periwinkle has become synonymous with the cure of the fatal disease – cancer. The tiny, purple flowers, which spread rapidly in your garden, have the potential to kill cancer cells such as those which emerge during leukemia (blood cancer) and breast cancer. Medicines made from this plant have increased the chance of survival in the patients suffering from childhood leukemia by 10% to 95%. Hence, the flower has raised hope for many scientists, researchers, and patients to recover from the claws of cancer.