Health Benefits of Flowers

The Health Benefits of Flowers

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Flowers have been used as potent remedies for thousands of years. Flowers don’t just lift our spirits by their beauty and aroma, they have also been used as potent remedies for thousands of years. They contain the medical secrets for everything from broken ones to heart failure.

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DIY tests may be less than helpful. According to the NICE report, growing levels of misdiagnosis has, in part, been fuelled by use of home test kits now widely available on the internet and high street, as well as by complementary therapists offering a range of different tests.
Scientists are increasingly looking back to old wives’ tales for their hidden health benefits – returning to forests, marshes and meadows in search of new drugs from flowers and herbs.

‘Nature is an incredible chemist,’ says Professor Simmonds. ‘My work at Kew currently involves looking at what is sometimes called herbal healing, or old wives’ tales, but has delivered a range of powerful therapies over the centuries – from digitalis derived from foxglove, to aspirin from willow and meadowsweet.’

For many generations herbs and flowers were used as medicines through necessity, as the nearest hospital was several miles away. Knowledge of their medicinal uses was passed down by word of mouth from parent to child.

Today, flowers are still important in herbal medicine and complementary therapies like the Bach flower therapy, Jan de Vries flower remedy, homeopathy and aromatherapy.

Bach flower preparations

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Around 60 to 70 per cent of patients show signs of improvement after taking the preparations for several weeks.
In the 1930s Dr Edward Bach gave up his Harley Street practice and began experimenting with preparations made with the essences of flowers. He believed that every flower had a vibrational pattern of healing energy and could dissolve negative emotions.

Dr Bach’s philosophy is still followed by Liliana Bellini at the Nelsons Homeopathic Pharmacy, London, who mixes individual cocktails of distilled flowers to suit her patients’ problems.
‘Around 60 to 70 per cent of patients show signs of improvement after taking the preparations for several weeks,’ she says. ‘The Bach flower remedies also help to centre and balance me – the flowers work by vibrating with negative emotions, like rage, self doubt and fear, thus dissolving them.’
There are certain key flowers for the Bach remedy. ‘Important ones are walnut flowers, used to treat nervousness, clematis, given to increase concentration, star of Bethlehem which lessens shock, larch to build confidence, cherry plum to calm fear and white chestnut which encourages a positive outlook,’ adds Bellini.

Dr Sarah Brewer also believes in the restorative effects of flowers, often taking the Bach Rescue Remedy – a mixture of rock rose, clematis, impatiens, star of Bethlehem and cherry plum, dissolved in a brandy-type alcohol. ‘A few drops placed on the tongue helps deal with nervousness and anxiety,’ she says.

Homeopaths, meanwhile, give diluted essences of flowers like arnica, pulsatilla, aconite and calendula in an oral solution to deal with emotional problems.
In contrast, aromatherapy involves flower essences dissolved in oil and applied externally, to calm or stimulate the mind and body. ‘In aromatherapy you use certain flowers externally to stimulate certain functions in the body,’ says Liliana Bellini.

Another complementary therapy is the Jan de Vries flower remedy – available from chemists – which is thought to reduce symptoms such as anxiety. So, which flowers have curative properties?

Foxglove (digitalis purpurea)

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Foxglove was mentioned as a useful treatment for cardiovascular problems as early as the 17th century. ‘Foxglove was mentioned as a useful treatment for cardiovascular problems as early as the 17th century, in ‘Complete herbal’, Nicholas Culpepper’s comprehensive guide to herbal medicine.It is still used by doctors and paramedics to treat cardiac problems – atrial fibrillation and heart failure.’ Digitalis is very powerful and should only be used on prescription.

Lily of the valley

The ancient Greeks used lily of the valley to treat heart conditions and dropsy. Later the Elizabethan physician John Gerard buried phials of the white flowers in ants’ nests and applied them to gouty feet.

During the First World War it was used to help soldiers recover from the effects of gas poisoning. Lily of the valley can also provide a similar – although milder – drug to digitalis, which is used as a heart stimulant and a diuretic.

Rose

Rosehips have many uses. During the Second World War they were gathered and turned into rosehip syrup, a healthy tonic owing to its high level of vitamin C.

They also have anti-inflammatory properties and are useful for relieving joint pain.

The syrup has also been given to patients to treat coughs and colds. Wine made from rosehips and confetti from rose flowers, thrown at weddings has enlivened country life since Culpepper’s day.

Lavender

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Dried lavender has been used to aid sleep for centuries. In 15th century France, glove-makers used lavender oil to perfume leather – which helped them escape the plague.

Dried lavender has been used to aid sleep for centuries, either sewn into pillows or placed in vases in bedrooms. It also wards off moths. A drug made from lavender aids digestion, relieves flatulence and acts as an antiseptic, while lavender water can be used as a skin tonic and antiseptic skin wash for acne.It is also used in household products to mask chemical smells.

Chamomile

The ancient Egyptians inhaled powdered chamomile flowers as snuff, as well as using it for healing. Nicholas Culpepper referred to it as a ‘soother of many ills’. Taken in a tea, or capsule form, it calms anxiety and headaches, aids sleep and digestion and acts as an anti-spasmodic for such problems as stomach cramps and indigestion. Chamomile treats a plethora of common ailments and its usefulness is supported by scientific research.

Evening primrose

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Evening primrose can ease depression, balance hormones and reduce prostate swelling

Research suggests evening primrose can ease depression, balance hormones and reduce prostate swelling. The seed oil contains fatty acids including gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), that balances female hormones and improves circulation.Native North Americans even made poultices with the plant’s leaves to treat bruises and haemorrhoids.

Flowery medicines

Digitalis, a strong drug to treat heart problems, is made from extracts of the foxglove flower.

The painkilling drugs, morphine and codeine, are extracted from the opium poppy.

Aspirin is a derivative of meadowsweet.

St. John’s wort is used to treat mild depression.

Lily of the valley contains crystalline glycoside used in cardiac drugs.

Red clover contains biochanin which fights cancer.

Rosehips offer the best source of vitamin C.

Hence one can see that apart from its beautifying effect, flowers in general have many other uses which were unknown to many in todays day and age. This article outlines one of the other few uses of flowers and its natural effects.

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Rose Colors and their Significance

The meaning of Rose Colors

Roses have been around for about 32 million years and it’s too true that “The rose speaks of love silently, in a language known only to the heart.” Roses are especially romantic, but if you ever give roses to someone, do you select the color based on that person’s favorite color, or yours? Or do you select roses based on the meaning and symbolism of the rose color? After hopping around on the web, it’s a bit confusing when you consider the diversity of meanings that rose colors can symbolize. Maybe if you can’t afford real roses, then you can send someone special this wide variety, a rainbow of colored virtual roses..

Rainbow Rose

The Rainbow rose originally had the 7 colors of the rainbow, but now there are rainbow roses that are “tropical” with combinations of red/pink and yellow, and the ocean variant with combinations of green and blue. They are sometimes called happy roses or tie dye roses and while they don’t have a specific meaning like other color roses, in a quirky way it sort of combines all the symbolism of each color.

Red Rose

Romance, red rose, newspaper, and breakfast in bed. A single red rose says “I love you.”

Pink Rose

If you give a pink rose with no thorns, then it is supposed to mean that you have loved the person ever since you laid eyes on him or her, symbolizing love at first sight. If it has thorns, then a dark pink rose (or magenta or fuchsia) can mean appreciation, gratitude, or thank you.

Yellow Rose

Yellow roses can mean friendship and ‘I care’ as well as joy, gladness, delight, a ‘promise of a new beginning,’ welcome back, remember me, and even jealousy. Maybe you are supposed to guess which meaning the yellow rose the sender had in mind?

Blue Rose

Blue roses with water droplets. While not found like this in nature, a blue rose signifies the impossible, the unattainable.

White Rose

White roses as a bridal bouquet stands for happy love.

Red tiger stripe rose

A red tiger stripe rose. Meanings by the number: A single rose symbolizes utmost devotion. 6 roses are supposed to signify a need to be loved or cherished; 11 roses are meant assure the recipient they are truly and deeply loved. 13 roses are meant to indicate that the recipient has a secret admirer.

Pink Rose

Pink roses can mean appreciation, admiration, gentleness, grace, “thank you,” perfect happiness, and “please believe me.”

Purple Rose

A purple rose may mean enchantment or enthrallment to convey love at first sight. It can also mean opulence, glory and majesty.

White rose and strawberries

White rose and strawberries. Any single rose, no matter the color, might also mean gratitude or simplicity.

“The rose is a flower of love. The world has acclaimed it for centuries. Pink roses are for love hopeful and expectant. White roses are for love dead or forsaken, but the red roses, ah the red roses are for love triumphant,” ~ author unknown. Red roses come in many different shades that happen to change the meaning somewhat. Red roses overall can mean love, beauty, courage and respect, romantic love, congratulations, “I love you,” sincere love, respect, courage, passion and even “job well done.”

Coral rose

A coral rose symbolizes desire, passion.

Differing shades of pink roses convey different messages. Pink roses are generally given to those whom you want to show thankfulness, admiration, and happiness. Dark pink means appreciation and gratitude; light pink shows admiration and sympathy.

Orange rose

An orange rose means enthusiasm, desire or fascination.

Black rose

Black roses do not exist in nature, but a dark red or dark purple rose can be deepened to “black” by placing a dark rose in a vase of water mixed with black ink. Other roses can be blackened by other methods like burning. A black rose means death or farewell.

Light pink rose

Light pink roses can mean admiration, sympathy, gentleness, grace, gladness, joy and sweetness.

Yellow and white roses

Yellow and white roses combined symbolize harmony.

Roses that are yellow with a red tip mean friendship or falling in love. That difference could definitely send mixed signals . . . give one to your best friend and he or she might wonder if you are falling in love with them?

Peach roses can mean appreciation, closing the deal, let’s get together, sincerity, gratitude.

The combination of white roses and red roses symbolizes unity or an engagement.

Two roses that are entwined, regardless of color, mean “Marry me.”
Other Messages / Meanings For Different Combination of Roses

Delicate and Beautiful, the rose is the principal messenger of love.
A single rose denotes “I still Love you”
Two Roses of any color taped or wired together signify a commitment or forthcoming marriage.
In general, pale-colored roses signify friendship.
12 Roses – Gratitude
25 Roses – Congratulations
50 Roses – Unconditional Love

With roses and flowers there are no limitations as to what can be expressed. The colors and aromas of the different types of roses all have their unique place the history of human expression.

Knowing the specific meaning of a rose only enhances the experience of sending and receiving rose and flower bouquets.

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