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Flowers are the reproductive parts of plants, and they play an important role in our life, directly or indirectly.
The rose, simple in shape, and beautiful in appearance has a wonderful ability to calm a person if he is angry. Researchers discovered that roses have sedative properties; so that they advise an angry person to put two drops of rose oil on a tissue and breathe its scent deeply to feel calm and relaxed afterward. There are three products of roses: rose oil, rose water, and dried petals.
The essential oils enter the body through the skin and inhalation. Smells also have an effect on brain cells, especially those that are involved in memory and emotions. One of the most famous examples of oils is rose oil which calms the skin, helps calm the mood, especially in cases of sadness and tension, and stimulates the heart and blood circulation, as it calms the female reproductive system.
Some experts also indicated that rose honey, which is made by mixing filtered honey with the liquid extract of rose petals, is useful for treating mouth sores and gum disease.
Also, some recent studies conducted at the University of New Jersey confirmed that flowers make us feel that we are more able to communicate with others, and increase our sense of satisfaction with our life in general, as well as get rid of depression that sometimes afflicts us.
The Lotus Plant
A Brief History
The ancient Egyptians used the blue lotus flower (Nymphaea caerulea) as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory treatment. Lotus has also been used in aromatherapy; it is a treatment that depends on the use of some flower oils to activate the energy centers in the human body to help the body cure itself. Blue lotus oil is one of the strongest oils used in this type of treatment, and it has an effect on improving the body's immunity.
The flowers have been used traditionally in many types of cooking: European, Asian, East Indian, and Middle Eastern, and American.
The Arab physician, Al-Kindi, (9th century AD) described rose products to treat stomach pain, ulcers, liver and mouth diseases, and sore throats. The rose oil was used for burns, sore wounds, and as an ingredient for hemorrhoid ointments. The texts of Al-Dinawari, the founder of Arabic botany (9th century AD) refer to the refreshing effects of rose water and recommend it for treating fever. He also recommended applying rose oil to the head to reduce fever and because of its calming effect. Abu Bakr Muhammad bin Zakaria Al-Razi, the Arab physician in the ninth century AD, drew attention to its curative value. Rose petals have also been used since ancient times because of their astringent and strengthening properties, especially in cases of lung bleeding, coughing, and treatment of throat diseases, as well as mouth ulcers.
The most Famous Plants whose Flowers are Used as a Treatment:
- Linden blossom (Tilia cordata)
- Jasminum Sambac (Arabian Jasmine)
It is belonging to the Asteraceae family, these aromatic herbaceous plants smell like apples or pineapple. Its flowers are used as antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. It can also help to calm the nerves and regulate the digestive process. Chamomile is used in making creams, hair products, and it can also be consumed as tea.
Lavender is native to the Mediterranean, Russia, the Arabian Peninsula, and Africa. It has been used both cosmetic and medicinally throughout history. Currently, lavender is grown all over the world, and the aromatherapy essential oils from its flowers are used in aromatherapy, gels, perfumes, baked goods, candles, cosmetics, cleansers, massage oils, powders, shampoos, soaps, and tea. English lavender (L. angustifolia) is the most common type of lavender. Its flowers are widely used because of their antiseptic, calming, and anti-spasmodic properties.
Lavender essential oil is traditionally believed to have sedative, carminative, anti-depressant, and anti-inflammatory properties, in addition to its antimicrobial effects.
3. Linden Blossom (Tilia cordata)
Linden trees belong to the Tiliaceae family that consists of almost 80 species native to Europe and found in northern moderate regions. The 5-petaled, fragrant, yellow to white flowers are collected after the spring to dry and preserve. It is used to calm children and help them to sleep.
Studies are being carried out to ensure that the flowers of this plant contribute to lowering cholesterol levels in the blood.
According to drugs.com, the German Commission (E) monograph concluded that the linden flowers are cardiotoxic; therefore, linden must not be consumed by patients with heart disease.
Rose is the name given to the thorny shrubs and climbing vines of the genus Rosa in the Rosaceae family. More than 100 species of Rosa have been recorded worldwide.
Rose oil is one of the essential oils most used in perfumery and scented products. According to Chemical Senses, rose oil is able to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the blood; so the rose oil relieves physiological symptoms of stress including a faster heartbeat, increased blood pressure, and sweating.
Rose oil must never be taken internally; so it can lead to nausea, confusion, shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and maybe coma.
Fresh rosehip contains (0.5%-1.7%) vitamin C. There is moderate evidence of the use of rosehip preparations in osteoporosis.
Also, rosehip contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, K, and folate. Other ingredients include pectin (11%), tannins (2%-3%), malic and citric acids, flavonoids, yellow and red dyes, polyphenols, invert sugar, volatile oil, and vanillin.
The violet family contains more than two hundred varieties, and it is distributed between the temperate and tropical regions. The ancient scientists from the Arabs and others talked about violet and its benefits a lot. The Greeks used it to alleviate anger, bring sleep, relax, and strengthen the heart. Violet cream is a good coating for some skin diseases such as scabies, as well as soothes headaches, treats coughs, softens the chest, and drinks are useful for lung, gastritis, and kidney pain, and it is a natural laxative.
In modern medicine, the violet flower is described as a drink like tea at a rate of ten grams per liter of water, and it is useful against coughing and cold. Its flowers are mixed with sugar and dried for use in treating constipation.
The saffron plant is a valuable spice and is also the most expensive culinary ingredient in the world. This plant belongs to the family Iris, and the word saffron carries the meaning of a thread in the Greek language referring to the stamens of saffron flowers and the word "Saffron" is derived from the Arabic word "Zafaran".
This type of spice appeared thousands of years ago and had many uses. The saffron of high quality is distinguished by its dark red color, as it is commonly called "red gold".
Numerous studies have proven the ability of the stems and petals of the original saffron to improve mood as the two substances safranal and crocin present in saffron helps to control the proportion of neurochemicals such as dopamine and serotonin in addition to the hormone norepinephrine, which helps to get rid of symptoms associated with depression, whether mild or moderate. Saffron also strengthens memory and improves learning capabilities. Macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of vision loss is due to an age-related condition that occurs as a result of atrophy of cells within the retina called the "macular". The two substances crocin and crocetin present in saffron help to avoid damage to these cells due to aging.
7. Jasminum Sambac
The jasmine sambac or Arabian jasmine is a type of jasmine in the jasmine genus that contains nearly (217-229) species and belongs to the Oleaceae family.
The plant is traditionally used as an anti-depressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, sedative. The roots are used to treat wounds and snake bites. The leaves and flowers have antipyretic and decongestant properties. The flowers are used to treat diarrhea, abdominal pain, and dermatitis. The fruits and roots are used in treating diarrhea, fever, and pain.
In addition to the beautiful smell of Jasminum sambac which gives a feeling of comfort and relaxation. Some studies have proven that the natural compounds present in it improve blood flow, raise oxygen levels, and obtain healthy and vital skin; as a result of all these reasons, the Global Healing Center has included Jasminum sambac as one of the ingredients in their skincare products.
Some other studies on Jasminum sambac revealed that the plant is both anti-fungal and anti-cancerous. The essential oil and methanol extract of Jasminum sambac has antimicrobial and antioxidant activities.
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Ankita B on November 23, 2020:
This was an interesting read. Thank you for sharing this informative and well-structured article.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 22, 2020:
Thank you for sharing the information. I love learning about flowers and their uses. Flower can be beautiful and interesting as well as useful.
Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 19, 2020:
Flowers, whether used for beauty or health, add so much pleasure to our lives.
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 19, 2020:
You reminded me of a visit in one of the hillside villages of Oman where they used the ancient way of extracting oil from roses. I love the smell of roses and always spray my pillows with a natural product from roses. Thank you for the extra knowledge that it is calming.
Liz Westwood from UK on November 19, 2020:
This is a beautifully illustrated article. Flowers have so many benefits which your article highlights well.
Liza from USA on November 19, 2020:
I first of all, very fond of flowers. My favorite from your list is roses, and my husband loves lavender. I think that's why he likes to drinks lavender tea before bed. On the other hand, I've been using roses hip oil for skin remedies. Thanks for sharing such an informative article, Eman.
Linda Chechar from Arizona on November 19, 2020:
Emmy Ali, the gorgeous flowers symbolizes a happy life, happy marriage, good health and prosperity!
These flowers boost the brain cells which improves memory, clarity and concentration. Floral scent is also referred to as aroma, fragrance and lovely smells!