Feb 19, 2019
Today I received a surprise, the delivery of a lovely vase of #flowers!
The beauty and intoxicating aroma of lilies are the perfect flower #remedy for chasing away the last of the winter blues as they announce the beginning of warm days ahead. Just receiving a beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers can do wonders for my #mental #health and #creativity.
In his book ‘Eight Weeks to Optimum Health’, Dr Andrew Weil, M.D.
recommends purchasing flowers regularly to reduce #stress. “I have recommended that both men and women keep fresh flowers in the home for their beauty, fragrance, and the lift they give our spirits,” he says. A research study conducted at Harvard University by Dr Nancy Etcoff and her research team, showed that people felt an increase in feelings of #compassion and #kindness for others, had less #worry and #anxiety, and generally felt less bummed out overall when flowers are present in their home.
#Herbalism, or the use of plants/flowers for a medicinal purpose, can be traced back as early as 3000 B.C. Through the ages, herbalism has been used by civilizations to heal, prevent, and ease the symptoms of illnesses.
#Medicinal flowers can be used in a variety of ways for healing and soothing such as #tinctures, #sachets, oils/balms, #teas, good examples being dandelion or calendula.
This reviews some of the common medicinal flowers
And the healing benefits of #dandelion (much more than a weed:) and #calendula.
When you pick up the #aromatherapy of flowers in the air, that is their volatile oils escaping. #Rose, #jasmine and #lavender are a joy because of their heavenly smelling healing essential oils and have good studies to support their safe use. Mindy Green’s website and books are great resources to learn more.
Dr Weil also encourages incorporating #edible flowers in meals. You can use them as #garnishes or add them to salads. He likes #borage, which has a cucumber-like taste; #marigolds, which are tangy and peppery; #dianthus(pinks), which have a spicy, clove-like flavor; #pansies, which have a sweet taste. He reviews those to try and those to avoid in this article and how to use them as part of your food.
There are different systems of flower #essences and Bach flower #remediesare the most well-known. The Rescue Remedy can be used for #anxiety. When I visited Dr Saadia Mohammed’s kid friendly dentist office, I was delighted to see the Rescue Remedy, which she uses to help kids calm down before dental procedures.
Studies show that introducing flower arranging workshops as part of psychosocial rehabilitation improves mood and affect.
I feel the healing benefit of a flowering plant just by sitting in its presence and will be enjoying this gorgeous arrangement. Thank you Rekha-Ram Lakshmanan for brightening my day!