Health Benefits of Flowers

May Flowers: The Health Benefits of Flowers

There are many health benefits of flowers, from the kind you grow in your garden to the kind found in exotic locations. With May now in full bloom, we’re going to take a look at the many flowers that are good for your health. From the commonly known to the fun fact, these are the health benefits of flowers.

May Flowers: The Health Benefits of Flowers

Flowers and plants certainly aren’t all good. If you’ve ever stumbled into a patch of poison ivy, you know that you can quickly find yourself searching for an urgent care center after such an encounter. In fact, many kinds of plants can have effects we don’t want to deal with on our health.

However, with the April showers now behind us, the kind of plants that we enjoy are blooming.  Spring is in the air, and May flowers are showing their petals. While we’ve previously discussed some of the less fun parts of Spring, it’s time to talk about the hidden parts. For every poison ivy plant in the backyard, there is another plant that has health benefits you might never have known about lying right next to it. The health benefits of flowers are plenty — here are a few of the most interesting ones.

Marigolds

Health Benefits of FlowersIf you’ve frequented the outdoors, you likely take marigolds for granted.  They are a beautiful flower to be sure, but they aren’t jaw-dropping by any means. With their golden yellow petals, they always stand out in a field of grass. Often found tucked behind a child’s ear, the plant is a staple of the American countryside.

However, marigolds are more than just pretty. Marigolds contain many chemicals that can help to heal the human body and have been harvested for that purpose since the days of the Egyptians.  Loaded with antioxidants, you’d be amazed to hear the myriad of things that marigolds can help combat.

For example, did you know that marigolds can help minor cuts to heal over? The constituents found in their petals help to promote tissue growth,  collagen production, and increase blood flow. In addition, marigolds can help to treat conditions such as conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye. You can also turn to marigolds if you ever get sunburnt, hemorrhoids, or spasms. Of course, with symptoms this severe, you shouldn’t look to marigolds as your only source of medicine. However, it can never hurt if you have them around.

This pretty little flower packs a medical punch, and should not be underestimated.

Garlic

Unless you’re a vampire, you probably like garlic. It might not be your favorite food. You may not have even tried garlic on its own. However, you likely enjoy something with garlic in it.

What many people don’t know about garlic is that it can do a lot to save your life beyond just making your food taste better. Garlic has been shown to boost the function of the immune system. That means that in addition to fighting off things that go bump in the night, garlic can also help you fight off the common cold.

Additionally, the active compounds in garlic can help to reduce blood pressure. While scientists aren’t entirely sure what causes this, there is a clear link between garlic consumption and lowered risk of heart attack and stroke.

Finally, garlic might also help to prevent cancer. In addition to fighting the common cold, the immune system boost provided by garlic keeps your white blood cells stimulated. Garlic is loaded with a sulfur compound which helps to keep your immune system alert, and ready to stave off any bad cells — including those that are cancerous. In addition, garlic has been shown to fight tumor growth, and decrease the risk of stomach cancer by a factor of 12.

Lilacs

One of the prettiest flowers you can grow in my opinion, there is more than meets the eye with lilacs. The pleasant and cool purple tones of a lilac are a hint at its medicinal properties: steeped in tonic, lilacs have been shown to reduce fevers significantly. Its oils have health benefits that range far beyond that, though.

Lilac oils are a vermifuge, meaning that they can help to fight off intestinal worms. There are also antifungal and astringent, meaning they help to fight off bacteria and keep your skin tight. Furthermore, lilac oils have been shown to reduce anxiety — of course, the smell of the flower itself does this for many people.

The health benefits of flowers should not be forgotten. While pretty on the outside, many flowers and plants can help you in ways you would never have imagined.

 

 

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