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  • The medicinal effects of flowers
  • June 18, 2015
  • When lilacs bloom: The medicinal effects of flowers


    It’s that time of year in the Midwest where the scent of lilacs fills the air and gets us excited for a new beginning– for spring.

    Lilacs can have healing power. For centuries, they were used as a treatment for malaria. Now, they are used in face washes and for depression because of the calming smell. Lilacs can be steeped to make a tonic that reduces fever and gets rid of internal parasites. Skin burns or wounds are soothed and heal well when a paste or gel made from lilacs is applied.

    What other flowers offer medicinal advantages? Pro-Flowers offers some guidance on what flowers can really do for your beauty, piece of mind and health.

    Begonia – Begonias can be prepared in several different ways. An infusion made by soaking the flowers in hot water helps to eliminate headaches and rid the body of toxins. The crushed flowers and leaves can also be rubbed directly on the skin to help relieve pain and heal sores or burns.

    Jasmine – Sweet, exotic jasmine flowers do not only make delicious cup of tea, but they also aid in digestive issues, stomach ulcers and ulcers. Sipping this brew before bedtime can help to ward off insomnia and anxiety.

    Rose – Roses contain a good deal of Vitamin C and are safe for human consumption. The petals can be eaten raw to increase blood circulation and relieve depression. Rose tea acts as a mild laxative. A paste or cream made from the petals does wonders to improve the condition of the skin, especially on the face.

    Sunflower – Consuming a brew made from sunflowers helps with ulcers and menstrual cramps. It can also be used as a wash for gargling for sore throats.

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