Alternative health therapies have become immensely popular lately. Flowers are one of the most commonly used ingredients in homeopathic and alternative medicines. Flower extracts, stems and leaves are used to make herbal medicines and such medicines are free from any chemical side effect as they are completely natural and organic. Here is a list of flowers that are used in medicines coupled with a little insight into their medicinal use:
- 1. Roses
Roses are the most commonly used flowers as medicine. Rose petals, stems and even thorns are used as medicinal ingredients. Chewing rose petals helps to improve the blood circulation of the body. Rose petals act as anti-depressants and are used as stress relaxants in Nature-Therapy. Rose petal tea is a blood purifying substance and it helps in cleansing the blood.
- 2. Honeysuckle
The honeysuckle flower is an excellent remedy for chronic cough and breathing disorders. Many cough syrups make use of honeysuckle juice and extracts, as it helps in curing sore throat problems effectively. Even if you are suffering from a chronic inflammatory disease, balm made from honeysuckle flower extracts can sometimes help cure the disease effectively.
- 3. Sunflower
One of the most commonly used flowers as an herbal medicine, the sunflower helps in fat control, reducing the cholesterol levels from blood and it also helps women to relieve menstrual pain. Sunflower oil is very popular as edible oil for its medicinal properties.
- 4. Violet
The violet flower is very effective in curing the chronic problem of varicose veins. Homeopaths use violet to cure chronic disorders related to the human urinary system. Cough syrups and throat relaxants also use violet extracts to cure dry cough and bronchitis.
- 5. Lotus
The lotus is a beautiful flower and equally powerful in its medicinal properties. It is used in homeopathy to improve the eyesight. Lotus extracts are also used in cosmetics because of its natural tendency to remove dead cells from the skin and rejuvenate the skin.
Flowers are no longer just used as fragrance producing plants but have found a complementary use in medicine. Flowers are also used by psychologists and psychiatrists to help their patients relax. A study has shown that flowers have a positive impact on the human brain because of their color and fragrance. Many flowers act as anti-depressants and stress-relievers when used in medicines to treat mental illness or chronic mental disorders.