Here is a medicinal flowers list featuring 5 flowers which have been used for medicinal purposes for eons.
We already know that flowers provide beautiful visual arrangements and a pleasant fragrance, but they are far more than just decorations.
Flowers have a long history of being used for medicinal purposes in all civilizations, and they continue to be used in modern pharmaceuticals today.
Some can be used in simple home remedies, some are linked to superstition or legend, and some are processed in labs for use as modern medicines. So how well do you know your flowers? Put your floral knowledge to the test with this list of medicinal flowers.
Calendula (also known as marigold) has traditionally been used for abdominal cramps and as an anti inflammatory for centuries. Recent evidence has shown that the flower does stop muscle spasms and inflammation, and it has been shown to slow tumor growth in mice.
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Belladonna got its name from its cosmetic use by women. The juice was used to dilate pupils to simulate the dilation of pupils during arousal. Today it is still used for that purpose during eye exams.
More specifically rosehips (the fruit of the rose plant) were often gathered during WWII and used as a health tonic. It turns out that rosehips are one of the highest sources of vitamin C available, and they are quite tasty to boot.
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Datura has had both medical and religious significance throughout history. It was used by Shamans in ceremonies and by doctors as an anesthetic before surgery. Today the chemicals derived from the flower are used to stop asthma spasms and as an antidote for nerve gas.
Lavender has long been associated with sleep and relaxation, and continues to be used in relaxation remedies today. During the 15th century in France, glove makers and leatherworkers would use lavender oil to add fragrance to the leather. It is believed that this practice might have saved their lives by helping them avoid the plague because of lavender’s antibacterial properties.
Now that you know about these medicinal uses you can think twice the next time you see a bouquet of flowers. If you’ve ever thought that a “get well” bouquet was silly or useless – think again!
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Kiyo appreciates her local Las Vegas florist for providing beautiful flowers that would otherwise not be able to survive in the desert.