In celebration of RHS Chelsea Flower Show and Chelsea in Bloom 2019, we are taking a closer look at the wonderful, natural benefits of flowers. People are more often looking to natural herbal remedies as opposed to modern medication to avoid side effects and harsh chemicals. You can enjoy medicinal flowers through the fresh flowers themselves, dried flowers or from the essential oils.
An ancient medicinal herb, Chamomile is used for many human ailments such as hay fever, inflammation, muscle pain, menstrual pains, and open wounds. Chamomile is also widely used to help people relax and fall asleep, and is often consumed in tea.
The bright purple flower has been used in medicine for centuries, most commonly as a treatment that reduces symptoms of coughs, colds, and respiratory infections. It is said that echinacea can encourage the immune system as a result of active alkamides which have a positive effect on the immune system.
Begonia flowers can be used and prepared in various different ways. When soaked in hot water, the infusion can be used to help relieve headaches as well as rid the body of toxins. The flowers and leaves, when crushed, can be rubbed directly on the skin to help heal sores or burns.
When used in medicine, Calendula is good for sore throats and menstrual cramps. It can also be applied topically to the skin as it is great for healing cuts due to its antibacterial qualities. Try to find a salve or a lotion with natural calendula or make your own!
Used heavily in Chinese medicine, these white flowers, roots, and leaves are known to treat infection, help fight inflammatory diseases, and digestive issues. Gardenia is responsible for these beneficial effects as it contains a number of active antioxidants. Gardenia can be used as an essential oil, as a supplement or in tea.