How many medicinal flowers do you have in your garden or around bushes?
When provided with the right conditions, plants flourish and attract insects that are beneficial to other plants in a garden.
By taking care of them you can do it with the full awareness that you are also taking care of your health and that of the planet.
Dr. Edward Bach believed that flowers were found to have the highest properties of plants and that they, therefore, helped to treat disease through emotions and spiritual life.
Before taking any whole plant or plant-made supplements, consult your doctor first, especially if you are taking any medications.
The Calendula genus has about 20 different species of flowering plants that consist of annuals and perennials.
For culinary use, they have a slightly bitter but sweet taste and become more favorable when dried.
This flower is also known as poor man’s saffron because the petals can be used as a substitute as well as coloring for cheese.
They are also used to add color to dishes such as stews, soups, salads, and custards.
Benefits of Calendula
- It has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial properties.
- It is a great medicinal plant for skincare, which is why it is included in many ointments and creams.
- Calendula reduces gum inflammation and gingivitis. In infusion, it is soothing to the stomach and relieves a sore throat.
- You can harvest the flowers as soon as they have reached their maximum development. Pick them up in the morning on a sunny day.
- You can use the flowers fresh or you can dry them in a warm, shady place to use in infusions all year round.
- By the way, fresh flowers are edible and will remind you of saffron both in taste and color. They can be used in salads or cooked dishes.
- To make the infusion, mix the petals with dried leaves and mint. Leave a teaspoon of the mixture to infuse for 5 minutes in a glass of freshly boiled water.
Precautions with Calendula
- Do not use it if pregnant because of the possibility of causing a miscarriage.
Lavender is edible, it adds a floral aroma to recipes and combines especially well with citrus fruits. You can prepare, for example, a rich and surprising lemonade for two people.
Benefits of Lavender
- Relieves anxiety and stress, improves mood
- Helps to clear acne
Ingredients for lavender lemonade
- 1 cup of lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons of lavender (from edible organic plants)
- 1 teaspoon lavender extract
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 cup of sparkling water (low in mineral salts)
Preparation for lavender lemonade
- Put all the ingredients (except ice) in the blender and process until the mixture is fine.
- Drink it immediately to enjoy the bubbles, which will disappear in no time.
It has been used by natives of the prairies of North America for centuries to treat a variety of diseases.
Its stimulating effect on the immune system stands out, helping to prevent and treat viral infections of the respiratory system.
Benefits of Echinacea
- It has compounds that have been shown to help relieve anxiety, reduce inflammation, and improve acne and eczema.
- You can prune the leaves and flower heads throughout the summer to encourage blooming. Cut the flower stem above the knot.
- The leaves and flower heads can be dried or used to prepare a tincture.
Carnations are a species of Dianthus that is also known as clove pink or pink. This perennial plant is native to the Mediterranean region and has been grown for around 2,000 years.
Benefits of Carnations
- Petals can be brewed to make an excellent tea to reduce anxiety, agitation, stress, and fatigue. Prepare the infusion with 10 g of petals per cup.
- Healing effect on the skin and can reduce puffiness.
Bellis Perennis, better known as the Daisy is native to central, northern, and western Europe. This perennial plant has a large number of medicinal properties despite its simple appearance.
Benefits of Daisy Flowers
- When consumed, it acts as a laxative and expectorant.
- It is also used as a home remedy to help treat disorders such as arthritis.
- Put the flowers in the water when it comes to a boil, let them boil for 3 minutes, remove the saucepan from the heat, and let it rest, with the lid on, for another 3 minutes. Then it is strained and drunk.
Chrysanthemums are also known as mums or chrysanths and are native to northeastern Europe all the way to east Asia with the center of diversity in China.
Benefits of Chrysanthemums
- Chrysanthemums can be soaked in hot water for 4 minutes to prepare a delicious-tasting infusion.
- Drinking it relieves fever, headache, and the common cold.
- The cooled liquid can also be applied as a compress to soothe tired eyes.
This cheerful yellow flower is one of the most effective natural treatments for mild depression. Studies have found that in some cases it works better, with fewer side effects than drugs.
Benefits of Hypericum
- In addition, the remedies can be applied to the skin to clean minor scrapes, burns, and cuts. You can also find topical St. John’s wort products to treat cold sores.
Precautions with Hypericum
- If you are taking any medication, do not take St. John’s wort, as it can reduce its effects. Always follow your doctor’s instructions.
Jasmine has around 200 different species that are native to the warm tropical areas of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the islands that are situated to the north, west, and south of the country.
Benefits of Jasmine
- Jasmine tea helps with digestive issues and stomach ulcers.
- Drinking a cup of jasmine tea before going to bed can help prevent insomnia and anxiety. Add 4-6 flowers to a cup of hot water, steep for 5 minutes, and infuse 2-3 times daily.
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