Medicinal flowers have been used for healing and soothing mind and body for centuries. Some of these flowers may even be growing in your own backyard or nearby woods and fields.
Flower medicine takes many forms for a variety of wellness needs. Flowers may be used alone as a single remedy or combined with other flowers, roots, stems and/or leaves to make remedies. They are often prepared as tinctures, teas, syrups, lozenges, and even eaten for internal use. Infused flower oils and ointments are often used on the skin.
With the exception of flower essences, medicinal flowers primarily heal on the physical level. That means they affect the organs, systems and cells of your body. For example, relaxing herbs work by calming or mildly sedating the nervous system.
Depending on which flowers you are using, and how they are prepared, flowers may be used fresh or dried.
Dried flowers (with broken cell walls) must be used for teas and infusions in order for the nutrients and water soluble constituents to escape.
Choose fresh, natural looking, organic flowers. If they are browned, they are not good for medicine or eating. Throw them out.
For tinctures, with a few exceptions, fresh is usually best.
Calendula is fabulous for external use to heal uninfected wounds, rashes, and dry skin. Dried flowers are used to make washes, compresses, cream and oil. Fresh flowers can be tinctured for use as an immune system stimulant.
Flavonoid-rich fesh calendula flowers are edible, but their spicy, peppery flavor is not for everyone. Still, a few petals do make a summer salad look very pretty.
Calendula's cheery orange or yellow flowers make beautiful, easy to grow members your flower garden, providing you with a ready supply of flower medicine.
Ease muscle tension and stiff joints by massaging them with dandelion flower oil. Dried flowers brewed as a tea or made into a tincture help with aches and cramps.
Flowers have a honey-like taste and can be used in salads, soups and fritters. Dandelion wine is a pleasant way to take your spring tonic. Flowers are rich in beta-carotene and other nutrients.
Roses may be best known as flowers of love, but wild roses are also medicinal flowers.
Rose hips are rich in vitamin C. Because they are astringent, they help with mucus. Rose hips and petals are made into teas, cough drops, syrup, and jam. Petals can be eaten raw.
Rose water soothes inflamed eyes. Rose petal cream is famous for conditioning the skin.
Essential oil of rose is extremely expensive and highly valued for easing depression and soothing the spirit.
Hybrid garden roses are not medicinal.
Saint John's Wort is most known as an herb for easing moderate depression. Its medicinal flowers and leaves are also good for easing nerve pain and inflammation. Saint John's blooms in early summer. Look for its yellow flowers in fields or on the side of the road.
This common garden flower is useful for flower medicine. Spicy nasturtium is rich in vitamin C. The orange and yellow flowers are used for garnishes and in soups, salads and vinegar.
All parts of this plant are used for medicine. It has anti-microbial properties, making it useful for infections. Crush petals and put on pimples to promote healing. Make a poultice of leaves and flowers and apply to boils and abscesses. Eat nasturtium leaves and flowers to ward off colds and flu.
The heavenly, sweet scent of the pretty little white makes it easy to see why it is called the flower of angels.
Jasmine adds a lovely flavor to green tea and herbal teas. It is said to soothe the stomach and calm anxiety.
Hyssop is a holy herb dating back to biblical days. Traditionally, it has been used for warding off evil and cleansing holy places.
This flower medicine shines for respiratory complaints. Sip hyssop tea for sore throat, coughs, bronchitis and congestion.
Violets act as an expectorant and are helpful for respiratory complaints. You can make syrup with violet flowers to use when you are congested.
Violets are laxative, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic. Who knew that the common violet, sitting in pots in so many homes has medicinal properties? Wild violets commonly grow in yards. Violet may have anti-cancer properties. Add a few leaves and flowers to your summer salad.
Lavender is beloved for the aroma of its flowers and leaves. It is used in many aromatherapy blends as a calming and balancing herb. It is a favorite women's herb for anxiety, depression and insomnia.
Sip lavender tea to relieve gas, nausea and headaches. Its slight bitterness stimulates bile to aid digestion. A teaspoon of dried flowers brewed in a cup of hot water or a dropper of tincture is a usual dose.
Lavender has antimicrobial qualities.
Bees are drawn to these fragrant medicinal flowers and fleas and flies are repelled by them.
These are just a few of the medicinal flowers nature provides for us. Several flowers, such as chamomile, lavender, linden, and valerian, calm your nerves and promote relaxation.
Healing with flowers such as wild yarrow is sometimes as easy as going into your own yard or garden and delighting in their presence. Many dried medicinal flowers so you can make your own remedies and teas.
A wide variety of flower essences are also available to help you heal mentally and emotionally.
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