Hans Christian Anderson said, “Just living is not enough…one must have sunshine, freedom, and little flower.” Flowers are an exemplary example of beauty and grace. Their bold colours and aroma brighten and enliven the surroundings. But flowers have also been known to be beneficial for human health. Since ancient times till present, a variety of flowers are used in aromatherapy and medicinal purposes.
A research study from the University of North Florida has found that having flower arrangements in one’s home does a lot more than just enhancing the aesthetics of the house. Flowers are conducive to promote well-being.
Reduction in Stress and Anxiety
Stress and anxiety have become common nowadays. Everyone seems to be affected by it somehow, though degrees vary. Because of the lifestyle we all live, escaping stress and bouts of anxiety can be difficult. However, there are ways to reduce anxiety naturally. And one way is to have flowers. Sniffing sweetly scented flowers like Lavender helps relieve stress and anxiety because of the calming fragrance. That’s the reason why Lavender is highly used in aromatherapy. Scientific studies have shown gestures like smell triggers pleasure responses within the body through the production of feel-good hormones, serotonin. You can have a Lavender plant in your room or any home surrounding. Its pleasant scent will make the space where you feel positive and calm so that you remain relaxed.
Supports Immune System and Heart
Mexican Marigold is a rather uncommon variety of traditional Marigold. This orange flower is used for medicinal purposes since the times of Aztecs. The beauty of these orange/yellow Marigold flowers lies in its nutritional and chemical properties that provide surprising health benefits. The leaves and petals of the flower are edible, and dietary experts believe they help in supporting the immune system and heart health due to the antioxidants in it. The flower also contains other anti-inflammatory and antioxidants that help combat hardening of the arteries.
You can’t go wrong with a bunch of Roses. The beautiful crimson colour and the unbelievable pleasant smell is enough to make someone feel loved. But this gorgeous beauty is a storehouse of a very powerful Vitamin, and that is Vitamin C that has many health benefits to offer. Vitamin C supports the immune system against the free-radicals and contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress. Rose petals are edible and can give you small doses of Vitamin C. Rosewater and petals are used in cuisines for flavouring, decoration, and fragrance.
Flowers are beautiful and have fragrance. The sweet-smelling flowers are known to be a mood booster, backed by pieces of research. Flowers with brighter colours are more relaxing, and bold saturated colours energize the body and mind. Curvy shaped flowers are more relaxing.
Flowers provide surprising health benefits. All flowers are plants, so they help with oxygenation as well. Flowers are also edible, thus providing nutritional benefits. Therefore, having flowers at home or incorporating edible flowers in your diet promotes a healthy lifestyle. And this is both scientifically and intuitively known.