Saturday, March 01, 2008

Flower Power

Flowers are not just beautiful to be admired, some are good enough to eat and even have medicinal benefits! Here are a few interesting facts about some flowers and their health benefits:

Chrysanthemum tea made from the plants flowers is beneficial for the blood and its circulation, as well as preserving vitality. It also helps with sinus congestion and high blood pressure, and at the same time detoxifies the blood and calms the nerves.

Oil extracted from the geranium plant has anti-fungal properties and antiseptic prowess. It can be used to treat burns and wounds, poor circulation, eczema and rheumatism.

Juice from raw, finely grated lotus root, in small doses can be used to treat lung0related aliments such as coughing and asthma. Lotus root tea is also able to relieve cough as well and lotus seeds not only increase energy and vitality, but also aids in digestion.

The rose has a long history of being used in folk remedies, especially for skin care. Although it is suitable for all skin types, it is in particular very good for dry, sensitive or aging skin. The fruit of the rose plant – rose hip – is an excellent source of vitamins (A, B3, C, D and E). In its tea form, rose hips are good for easing infections, especially that of the bladder.

The leaves and flowers of the pansy are not only editable, but high in vitamins A and V as well. They can also be used as a garnish on cold fruits, in salads or cream based soups.

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