Flower essence therapy is the practice of using flower essences for healing by restoring balance between mind, body and spirit. Flower essence therapy works by tackling the emotional and mental states which are often at the root of, or strong contributing factors in, most types of illness.
For several centuries, medical practitioners have long acknowledged the therapeutic properties of certain flowers. More than just spanning time, this knowledge also spans many cultures around the world. One of the greatest advantages is that flowers and plants offer completely natural medicinal properties, often without the scary side effects that modern pills and medications bring on. Furthermore, remedies made from flowers can be much cheaper than drugs marketed by pharmaceutical companies.
The best places to obtain dried flowers or their essential oils is a herbal health store. Be careful when preparing tonics and other mixtures since some flowers can be very potent. Pregnant or nursing mothers in particular should consult with their doctor before using any essential oils
Dandelion contains iron, zinc and potassium, along with A, B, C and D vitamins. Dandelion flowers, leaves and roots are edible. You can use dandelion to treat digestive, liver and gallbladder problems. Dandelion also helps to control blood sugar levels and cholesterol. Boil two table spoon of dried dandelion – flower, leaves or roots – for two minutes, and then strain and drink. You can take this herbal formula one to three times a day.
Rose is edible flower. You can make tea, sherbet and wine from rose petals. Rose tea and rose sherbet are natural vitamin supplements. You can also use rose water and essential rose oil as cosmetics. Rose stems and roots are also edible, they contain vitamin C and all of vitamin B.
Rosemary is multipurpose herb. Rosemary essential oil helps to concentrate, improve memory, relieve stress and boost energy. If you feel tired and lethargic, add a few drops of rosemary essential oil in your bath. Head or body massage with rosemary oil revitalizes you. Rosemary aroma is a natural energy booster. You can use rosemary oil in aromatherapy burner or directly inhale from the bottle.
Passionflower has medicinal properties. It helps to alleviate anxiety, stress and insomnia. Alcohol based passionflower extracts promotes relaxation. You can take a table spoon of passionflower extracts as anti-anxiety herbal remedy. You can make tea from dried passionflower. Passionflower tea calms your nerves and promotes sleep.
Lavender is highly aromatic flower. Because of its soothing fragrance, it is used to make perfume. Lavender is also widely used in aroma therapy. Dried lavender and lavender essential oils have many health benefits. If you are suffering from sleeping disorder, lavender is the flower for you. You can also make tea from dried lavender. Lavender tea has medicinal properties.
People in China have used daylily since thousands of years in breast infections. Native healers around the world recommend daylily for breast cancer treatment. However, there is no scientific proof.
Daylily petals are edible and have medicinal values. It can be used in curing jaundice, respiratory and gastro intestinal disorder. Roots and stem can be toxic, so lots of care should be taken while using daylily for medicinal use.
Rhododendron juice can help you to lose weight, control high blood pressure and release toxins from your body. Rhododendron sherbet is instant energizer; it provides coolness and freshness during the summer. You can make rhododendron sherbet by adding one table spoon of rhododendron puree in a glass of water, few ice cubes and honey to sweeten the drink.
Chamomile flowers are widely used in herbal teas. It helps to relax your mind and body. You can make tea from dried chamomile. Chamomile tea is beneficial in digestive disorders. If you are suffering from motion sickness and loss of appetite, drink chamomile tea.
Chamomile essential oil is very good for your skin. It heals skin disorders like eczema and relieves muscular cramps. Chamomile essential oil has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Add a few drops of chamomile essential oil in your bath for relaxation and stress relief.
Hibiscus is very beneficial for hair, it is natural hair conditioner. You can make hair care formula from hibiscus. Make puree from hibiscus flowers and apply on your hair thoroughly, wash with plain water after 30 minutes. Your hair will gain volume and become lustrous. If you use chemicals to stylize and color your hair, hibiscus neutralizes hair damaging chemicals.
You can use evening primrose essential oil externally and internally. Apply evening primrose essential oil on your skin when you are suffering with eczema or rheumatoid arthritis. If you have respiratory infections and digestive problems, take 10-12 drops of primrose essential oil. Evening primrose essential oil is beneficial in menstruation and menopausal pain.
A little deeper, and we may perceive another level as we become aware of the actual psycho-physical healing properties of even our most common garden flowers.
Calendula (C. officinalis) ----
can be taken internally to promote blood circulation, treat surface diseases such as colds and fevers as well as relieve menstrual cramps. Externally it can be made into an oil or salve for burns and injuries.
Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica) ----
The berries are poisonous, however, the blossoms have antiviral and antibiotic properties, effective for all inflammatory conditions, sore throat, arthritis, for which the stems and leaves are also used. Dose is 15 to 30 grams daily.
Peony (Paeonia lactiflora) ---
the root is a antispasmodic, blood tonic and circulatory stimulant, treats gynecological diseases.
Gardenia fruits (Gardenia jasminoides) ---
in certain climates the flowers will evolve to a fruiting stage and are used to promote blood circulation, open the liver and detoxify the blood.
St Johnswort (Hypericum perfoliatum) ---
is used to treat depression and nerve pains.
Morning Glory (Ipomea jalapa) ---
the root is a powerful cathartic.
Yellow Jasmine (Gelsemium sempervirens) ---
Also known as gelsemium, the aerial portion must be prescribed in regulated dosage to quiet and calm the nerves.
Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) ---
used as a diuretic for urinary tract infections
Snapdragon (Antirrhinum linaria) --- used as nervine
Violet (Viola odorata) ---
cooling, fevers, demulcent, anticancer, made into an expectorant syrup for lung and bronchial irritation.
Blue flag (Iris versicolor) ---
cholagogue, cathartic, emetic, alterative, diuretic.
Rosy Periwinkle (Vinca rosea) ---
used as a treat for cancer, especially leukemia and Hodgkin's disease, the flowers are calming nervine.
Lilac (Syringa vulgaris) ---
the stems are brewed into a tea and taken for the treatment arthritic and rheumatic complaints.
Aster (Aster tartaricus) ---
Warming expectorant, relieves cough, expels phlegm.
Tiger lily (Lilium tigrinum) ---
the bulbs are demulcent, used to calm the mind and treat insomnia.
Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus)
--- used like carnation.
Pansy (Viola tricolor) ---
Pectoral, mucilage, antitumor, aperient, nervine.
Larkspur (Delphinium species) ---
internally it is poisonous, externally it is used as an oil for parasites such as lice.
Bellis perennis ---
A type of low growing daisy that is commonly in lawns and pastures. The flower heads are rich in saponins. It is an expectorant and detoxifying remedy for all liver complaints. It is also useful for boils.
Begonia (B. fimbristipulata) ---
The aerial portions are used as an alterative, to clear heat, eliminate toxins, promote blood circulation, treat coughing of blood, and externally applied for trauma, burns, pain and toxic sores.
Scabiosa (Knautia arvensis) ---
It is rich in tannins and it contains a bitter compound. It has been used for centuries for dermatitis.
Viburnum (V. Opulus) ---
The berries are poisonous. The bark is used as a uterine sedative for painful menstruation and to prevent miscarriage.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) ---
Used as a bitter tonic, diaphoretic, carminative and antispasmodic. It can be used for a wide range of conditions including externally for hemorrhage, menstrual cramps, colds, fevers and for anorexia and dyspepsia.
Nigella (N. sativa) ---
contains a saponoside, melanthine, a bitter compound, nigelline; an essential oil from which nigellone is extracted and tannin. The seeds have been used as a spice since early times and possess carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue and antihelminthic (kills worms) properties. The seeds can be used as a pepper substitute.
Chrysanthemum morifolium ---
It think of this as Chinese chamomile. It one of the best beverages to drink in hot summer weather. It has all the headache relieving virtues of feverfew without the more pronounced bitterness. It is used for fevers, headaches, eye inflammations, and hypertension.
Fritillary (F. Cirrhosa) ---
Clears heat and transforms phlegm. It is used bronchial and lung inflammation accompanied by coughs.
Foxglove (Digitalis species) ---
The leaves contain several glycosides including digitalin, digitoxine and gitoxine. Even though an extract from the plant, digitalis, is used for heart disease, depending on the climate, soil conditions, time of harvest and method of drying and preparing it where the concentration of the toxic principle is so varied. It is no longer used in herbal medicine but is a magnificent garden flower.
Impatiens noli-tengere ---
Internally it is emetic and diuretic. Externally it is useful for skin funguses, relief of itch, dermatitis and eczema.
Rehmannia (Rehmannia glutinosa also R. Elata)
--- Used as a blood nourishing tonic and kidney-adrenal tonic. The roots are specially prepared by mashing them together and soaking them in rice wine several times (9 times) to release their potency.
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