Flowers are some of the most splendid plants known to man. With their wide array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures there is no wonder why so many people admire their natural beauty. Flowers have the ability to stimulate the senses—they’re both pleasing to look at as well as to smell their soft fragrances. But did you know that flowers can also have profound impacts on your total health and well-being?
Studies have shown time and time again that flowers have the natural ability to promote good health—here’s how.
Flowers and Allergies
Think of all the times you have stopped to smell a beautiful flower. From potted flowers, to personal gardens, even to lush bouquets that are ordered online, it is often a natural inclination to smell flowers when you are in their presence. Unfortunately, this can prove to be detrimental for those who suffer from allergies. Flowers, especially those like chrysanthemums, sunflowers, and goldenrod that have a high pollen production count, can result in many uncomfortable symptoms for allergy sufferers.
From sneezing, to runny noses, and watery, itchy eyes—being in the presence of flowers can have downward health implications for those who are allergy-prone. Luckily, there are a few flowers that are hypoallergenic. These include roses, orchids, geraniums and tulips to name a few. This means that even if you have bad allergies you can still enjoy the beauty of a fresh bouquet of flowers.
Flowers and Mental Health
When it comes to your mental health, flowers are also very impactful. This is because flowers are powerful and have been proven to put people in the best of moods. This is why flowers are commonly featured during meaningful and sentimental occasions to include weddings, dinner parties, graduations, and funerals. Moreover, flowers are often presented as romantic gifts of love to romantic partners because of their ability to instantly put a smile on the face of the receiver.
Flowers will boost a person’s mood while also creating feelings of joy and happiness. What’s more is that flowers can also decrease stress and anxiety which makes them an excellent addition to workplace settings and even hospitals, helping to ease the worries of employees and hospital patients alike. Some of the best flowers to enhance one’s mood include lily of the valley, roses, geraniums, and blue hydrangeas.
Healing Power of Flowers
Furthermore, flowers also hold many medicinal properties. When it comes to traditional medicine and even modern medicine, herbs and flowers have historically served as the basis for today’s commonly used pharmaceuticals. This is because flowers—including their petals, leaves and roots—house many healing properties that help to address ailments including headache, sunburn, and digestive problems among others.
These natural at-home remedies are a great way to heal the physical body and reduce unpleasant symptoms in a very non-intrusive manner. Such healing flowers include chamomile, hibiscus, marigold and peace lilies. For example, chamomile is often used in today’s teas because of its digestive properties as well as its ability to reduce anxiety. Do keep in mind that there are some hazardous varieties that are not safe for human consumption. These include amaryllis, azaleas, daffodils, and oleander.
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