Flowers make an excellent gift; bright petals brighten up a home and bring a dash of the outdoors inside, not to mention their delicate fragrance. But flowers can do much more than complete the mantelpiece; many flowers have been used for centuries as natural healers for a host of physical and mental concerns. A fabulous bouquet might lift your spirits, but why stop there?
Lavender looks lovely and is famous for its warm, lilac tones and soft and delicate fragrance; it has also been widely used as a healer of various mental and physical woes. A few drops of lavender oil under a pillow is said to work wonders for insomnia or restless nights. Applied directly to the skin, it is quickly absorbed into the system and is famed for its antibacterial properties, perfect for tending to minor cuts and grazes.
Try adding a few drops into a bath to help you ease off into a deep sleep, or to calm any skin issues such as eczema or sunburn.
How about adding a sprinkle of lavender to water as a safe, versatile and soft smelling alternative to harsh chemicals around the home? Its antibacterial elements work to clean a variety of surfaces, whilst leaving your home with a delicate hint of lavender flower.
A bunch of roses can help you feel instantly better, romantic and in-love, but rose has far more qualities to assist your overall wellbeing. Rose water has been used since roughly the 10th Century, it can be used as an essential oil to calm and relax nerves, stress or depression, as well as the option to pour boiling water over rose petals to create a calming and soothing tea.
Making tea from rose hips has plenty of benefits to physical problems such as infections, as well as being packed with vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, C, D and E.
Rose oil, pressed from fresh flowers, can be used for a range of skin conditions, and can simply be massaged onto skin. To provide an antidote to stress, anxiety or depression use rose oil in the home, simply add a few drops to a room freshener or oil burner, or simply add a few drops to a pan and let it simmer and absorb into the atmosphere.
Calendula, more commonly known as marigolds, might conjure images of washing the dishes, but this flower has been long famed for many of its health benefits. Calendula has a high concentration of flavonoids, which acts as an anti-oxidant in the body, making it an essential, natural remedy for many skin conditions such as eczema, burns, inflammations and dry skin.
It is also popular for treating eye irritations, including conjunctivitis, as well as menstrual cramps, it can be applied directly to the skin, is great as a fragrant addition to a hot bath, as well as readily available over the counter in creams and oils to suit.
Calendula oil is often used as an anti-aging additive, particularly gentle on sensitive areas such as around the eyes, making it a popular flower to combat crow’s feet. As a natural, herbal remedy, it’s definitely worth a try.