Mother Nature has a vivid palette, she chooses her colors and her brushes depending on her moods and her whims and her fancies. Who are we, but observers to this magnificent drama that takes place daily in heaven and on earth? Flowers, I believe are Mother Nature’s messengers of peace and beauty to us. She has allowed us to take their beauty with us, and place it in our homes and our hearts. You will find many hidden health benefits of flowers and learn how to heal your life with flowers.
Flowers have mystical healing properties.
Have you ever wondered why you choose particular flowers when you’re in a florist shop? Or a particular flower bush when you’re creating your garden?
It is the same as when we feel attracted to a person. It’s a mystical message.
I have learned to listen to these mystical messages as a florist and here are my favorite flowers and their messages, which have healing properties.
The gardenia is referred to as Bliss in my native language which is derived from the Sanskrit word Ananda, which is never-ending happiness.
This flower and its fragrance have the ability to reduce stress. It’s an excellent healer for anyone suffering from chronic stress. Just keep floating gardenias in bowls of fresh water around the place you love most in your home. If you are lucky to have a terrace garden or a backyard, do plant the gardenia bush. These are sturdy bushes provided by mother nature.
Red roses and the message to our heart is centuries old. The red rose invokes passion so powerful with its fragrance and bloom, that it effortlessly melts the blockages in your heart. When you remove the blockages, the ephemeral feelings of passion and love last much longer. This is the power of the red rose. Always have a beautiful red rose on your kitchen table or workspace and your bedside, it will make a difference to your mood and fill you with positivity, constantly healing your emotional wounds.
Lilac is perfect to deal with your everyday anxiety. We have daily stress in our lives, just look at this beautiful gift from mother nature, the color and the harmony of several flower buds forming a sensational whole explains to us the need of being together to realize the beauty of life. It is about supporting each other, and everyday anxieties will just disappear. You will always find lilac as additions and fillers to flower bouquets that are the essence of these beautiful flowers.
Flowers give us healing messages let us learn to hear them and their wisdom
- Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” – Mark Twain Flowers teach us healing messages too, every day we can learn something from these wondrous beauties of nature. Forgive those who tread on you, is a lesson that is naturally what any flower will say to you. As we walk on carpets of flowers, flowers that beautify our lives, daily and on special occasions like wedding and births and even solemn occasions like death, these flowers, offer themselves to us in compassion and empathy.
- Wildflowers teach us, no matter what and no matter where your life can be beautiful by just allowing yourself to be and reach for the life-giving sun. They also teach us to share our inherent beauty with all the world around.
- Nature does not hurry and yet everything is accomplished – Lao Tzu. Flowers dance to the tune of nature with reverence and joy. We can follow this healing message and make our lives most meaningful. Flowers bloom when nature allows them to, flowers do not rush nature to bloom first. Isn’t that a great healing message to all of us who are caught up in an overly competitive world?
Flower therapy is an excellent alternative to prescription tranquilizers and sedatives.
Phyto-chemical derivatives from flowers are used for various health and healing purposes. Most flower essences are prepared by either boiling various flower parts with natural and non-treated spring water or by exposing the flowers to the sun while they are placed in natural spring water. These energetic essences of flowers can be ingested orally or smothered as a cream on the skin for healing purposes.
The color, fragrance and some more physical features of flowers are the reasons that certain flowers have been identified for their healing properties.
This is an edible flower and is rich in minerals like iron, zinc, and potassium; and vitamins A, B, C, and D. This nutritive composition makes it an excellent tonic for general well-being. Dandelion is often used as a laxative. In addition, it is effective for cleaning of blood and it is also effective in curing anemia. These qualities are needed in the treatment of the digestive system, liver, and gallbladder related problems. Dandelion also helps in controlling blood sugar and cholesterol levels. You can boil some dried dandelion flowers for 2 minutes, strain it and enjoy this herbal tonic.
Most of us use lavender for its soothing fragrance. It is most advised for a peaceful sleep at night. Its fragrance has a calming effect on our nervous system. It helps in relieving anxiety reduces mental fatigue and stress. Even soothes the menstrual cramps and hypertension. Also, lavender has antiseptic properties, which help in skin ailments. You can infuse some dried lavender flowers in a herbal tea, strain, and drink.
This is an edible flower too. Honeysuckle flowers have anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties. Many inflammatory conditions from a sore throat to arthritis make us uncomfortable in our daily lives; the honeysuckle helps to relieve the inflammation. You can make a gargle wash for treating sore throats. Did you know this everyday flower can help with arthritis? Since it is an edible flower and safe to eat, choose how you want your daily dose.
Hibiscus flowers are rich in antioxidants like berries are. The hibiscus is also rich in amino acids, which helps our body prevent the damaging effects of aging and environmental pollution. Hibiscuses infused creams are often used for hydrating and tightening of the skin.
Lotus flowers are considered sacred by Hindus and are often used in worship. It helps in deepening meditation and creating a very spiritual experience by opening the chakras. This flower is also known to have amazing healing properties, which are often used to cure bleeding disorders, fever, and diarrhea too.
Chamomile flowers have analgesic properties. Use of Chamomile flowers aids tissue recovery, and relieve muscular cramps. And the sweet fragrance of Chamomile flowers also has an uplifting effect on the human psyche. This helps relieve stress and improve the quality of sleep. You can make herbal tea from dried chamomile and enjoy a peaceful feeling.
Calendula flowers have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Many homeopathic creams are based on these flower essences. You can make a tea from calendula flowers, and enjoy an anti-inflammatory herbal formula that relieves pain from colds and fevers. You can use this anti-inflammatory herbal tea as a face wash to treat acne, eyewash to treat conjunctivitis, mouthwash to treat mouth sores and vaginal wash to treat yeast infections. Isn’t Mother Nature a miracle worker?
Flowers share their healing in life and in death with us, they keep us company, giving us our dose of everyday beauty plucked in their prime, yet denying no one of their fragrance and their beauty and healing power. What could be a greater gift of Mother Nature?
To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat. ~Beverly Nichols
About the Author
Laxmi Lobo is a Singapore trained floral designer. She is now a retail florist in Mumbai and specializes in flower delivery in Mumbai. Her online bouquet delivery in Mumbai has won accolades from the press and has interviewed on TV for CNBC & ET NOW. Visit Spring Blossoms to know more about Flower Delivery In Mumbai.