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Do you sip lavender tea every night before going to bed? Perhaps the fragrance of the lavender makes you feel sleepy. Well, when you sip lavender tea, you are benefiting from the medicinal properties of this fragrant plant. Lavender has the power to soothe anxious nerves and give you a sense of calm. I bet that’s why I enjoy lavender salad so much! It’s just one of many medicinal plants that we have available to us today. Discover more about the history of medicinal flowers to learn some other floral remedies that you might want to try.
A Brief History of Medicinal Plants
The use of plants for medicinal purposes is not a new phenomenon. People throughout the world have been using medicinal plants for centuries. For example, in ancient times, thyme was used as an antiseptic on homemade bandages. Thyme can help heal a variety of injuries to the skin. Dandelions have been used for centuries to heal stomach ailments. Also, they were believed to cure problems of the liver. Mint is another plant known for its ability to cure stomachaches. Today, many people prefer to look for natural remedies like those above before turning to man-made pills that may cause unwanted side effects.
15 Flowers/Plants With Medicinal Properties
- Valerian: This delicate bloom has tiny pink and white flowers along with a vanilla fragrance. Valerian root can calm anxieties and help a person to sleep.
- Yarrow: This flower lives up to its other name: woundwort. It can slow or stop the flow of blood from a wound. It is also an antiseptic.
- Chamomile: This small flower with its cheerful appearance is used to calm shaky nerves as well as soothe the stomach. It’s sometimes used in tea.
- Cowslip: Cowslip has the power to tame a cough and take away some types of pains. It is thought that cowslip can contribute to removing wrinkles from the skin.
- Echinacea: This bloom, also known as purple coneflower, is good for strengthening your immune system to protect against colds and flu.
- Meadowsweet: This relative of the rose is used as an anti-inflammatory as well as a diuretic. Queen Elizabeth I enjoyed the medicinal properties of this flower during her reign.
- Gardenias: These fragrant blooms are used to cure bladder problems and heal various injuries.
- Lilacs: Fever reduction is one of the medicinal uses of lilac. Also, these flowers are sometimes used to make wraps designed to soothe burns and other wounds.
- Nasturtium: Want to take something for your cold or flu? Nasturtium’s anti-microbial properties have been used to treat both of these illnesses.
- Passionflowers: These blooms are used to treat anxiety and insomnia and are even helpful to some individuals with epilepsy.
- Plum Flowers: Use plum flowers to improve your digestive health.
- Roses: Wouldn’t you know it? Roses have a bunch of medicinal uses, including the power to increase blood flow as well as decrease depression. Rose petals are loaded with vitamin C and can be eaten raw, as long as you know they haven’t been sprayed with any chemicals.
- Sunflowers: These bold and beautiful flowers can help relieve menstrual cramps. They are also helpful in treating a sore throat.
- Snapdragon: These perky flowers can soothe stress and relieve insomnia.
- Sweet Marjoram: This plant is antibacterial and anti-fungal and a digestive remedy. Its nickname is “the joy of the mountain” due to its many healing properties.
I hope you find some natural remedies in this list that are helpful to you.