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Medicinal flowers of India – health and therapeutic benefits

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Kashmir Saffron

Kashmir Saffron

Saffron (Kumkumapoovu or kunkumapoovu in Malayalam), the Indian secret of fairness

Saffron is considered as the beauty secret of ancient Indian women. Eating saffron flower is believed to give fairness to skin. Saffron flowers are powdered and mixed with milk for drinking. Drinking saffron added milk is considered to be good for skin. Even though saffron is expensive people buy it and use. Pregnant women who eat saffron flowers is expected to deliver a fair baby. Pregnant women in India therefore make it a practice to drink saffron added milk. Adding kukkumapoovu to milk and drinking is a practice during pregnancy. Saffron is found to have several other health benefits. Saffron is believed to bring down nervousness and anxiety problems. It is also found to be a stress-reliever. Saffron is found to be contributing to emotional health also. Saffron also has the therapeutic abilities to give strength and vitality to human body. It is also considered as a good blood purifier. What makes saffron special is its ability to improve skin color. Saffron is grown in Kashmir in India

hibiscus flower

hibiscus flower

Hibiscus (chembarathi in Malayalam) for hair and body

Hibiscus is famous for its ability to improve hair. Hibiscus when applied to hair promotes hair growth and gives black color to hair. The beautiful flower of the hibiscus plant should be rubbed against head and hair and washed off after 15 minutes. Hibiscus would cool head and promotes hair growth. Hibiscus would also prevent hair graying. Applying hibiscus regularly would ensure good health for hair. In Kerala women regularly apply hibiscus flower (chembarathi poovu) and leaves on hair. Kerala women are traditionally having long beautiful hair. Hibiscus is the secret behind the long beautiful hair of Kerala women. Hibiscus flowers are used to prepare oil that promoted hair growth. Hibiscus flowers should be cut into small pieces and boiled with oil. Boil till the flowers are cooked in oil. This oil has great medicinal value. This oil would cool head and eliminate headache. It would prevent graying and ensure hair growth. Hibiscus oil also fights off dandruff in hair. If you experience hair loss, dandruff or baldness you can try hibiscus. Hibiscus flowers should be applied on hair (paste of hibiscus flower). Hibiscus can fight skin infections also. Allying hibiscus on hair would clear off any skin infections. Rubbing hibiscus flower paste on skin infections would also be good.

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Hibiscus leaves (chembarathi ila in Malayalam) a natural herbal homemade shampoo

Hibiscus leaves is the best natural shampoo. In Kerala women use hibiscus leaves as shampoo. As long as I lived in Kerala I used only hibiscus shampoo. I never used synthetic shampoos. Hibiscus leaves should be grind and applied on hair. This would thoroughly clean your hair. Using hibiscus shampoo also promotes hair growth.

Hibiscus for weight loss, mouth ulcer, heart problem, constipation and hypertension

Hibiscus (chembarathi chaya in malayalam) decoction helps lose weight. Regular usage is found to help shed weight. Hibiscus flowers is a home remedy for canker sores or mouth ulcers. Apply paste of hibiscus flowers on canker sores. It will be healed soon. Eating hibiscus flowers is found to be strengthening body’s circulatory system. People with high cholesterol and heart problems would be benefitted by hibiscus flowers. Boiling hibiscus flowers in water and drinking this water would be beneficial. Hibiscus is rich in vitamin C. Consuming hibiscus decoction would prevent cold and fever. Being rich with vitamin C hibiscus would boost the immune system. Drinking hibiscus decoction is found to be benefiting hypertension patients also. Hibiscus can refresh people by lessening the feeling of stress.

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Drinking decoction made of hibiscus or chembarathi is found to be preventing cancer. Hibiscus decoction aids digestion and prevents constipation. Hibiscus decoction can cure headache and ward off sore throat, cold and cough. It would also treat diarrhea and urinary tract infection. Those with bladder infections can also take hibiscus decoction as a herbal remedy. Hibiscus would cure cold by helping body expel mucus. Hibiscus decoction is also a good drink for headaches and fever. Skin infections, abscesses and skin itching would be cured by applying hibiscus. Grind hibiscus leaves or flowers and apply on boils and abscesses. It would cool the affected area and bring a relief. Hibiscus has a cooling effect that soothes skin.

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Pandanus flower

Pandanus flower

Pandanus flower (Kattu Kaitha in Malayalam) and its therapeutic benefits

Kattu Kaitha flower or Pandanus flower has medical benefits that are not known to many of us. It is also known as Kewda plant. The flower of the plant gives out a sweet aroma that has healing effects. The oil prepared from Pandanus or Kewda is found to be having healing effect on respiratory system. It is a kind of aroma therapy. The aroma from the oil refreshes mind and soul. Put Pandanus flower in water and boil. Bathing in this water is good for treating chicken pox, skin irritations, infections and leprosy. Extract of this flower can also be added to bathing water. This would give a relief from drowsiness, headache and body ache. It is beneficial to bath with Pandanus water during fever also. It would help bring down body temperature. In South India Pandanus was used to relieving ear pain also.

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Rose flower in Kerala

Rose flower in Kerala

Rose flower (rosapoovu in Malayalam) and Rose water (panineer in Malayalam) health benefits

Rose water is famous in South India for its medicinal and religious significance. Rose water is an ingredient of several natural beauty creams. In natural method of skin enhancement rose water plays a major role. Natural herbs and other beauty improving powders and pastes are mixed with rose water to apply on skin. Natural acne remedies and face packs have rose water as the major ingredient. Rose is a symbol of purity. Even eye is washed with rose water believing that rose water is the most pure and fresh liquid. It there is an infection, redness or swelling in eyes, rose water is used to wash eyes. Rose water is believed to be having a cleaning and soothing effect on eyes. Turmeric, sandalwood powder, red sandalwood powder and other skin enhancing natural powders are mixed with rose water to apply on skin. Rose water is believed to have soothing, cleaning and nurturing effect on skin. For making cheeks rosy, rose water is mixed with rose petal paste to apply on skin. Rose water is abundantly available in Indian markets. Rose flower petal is used for skin whitening. Rose petal is found to be giving redness to skin.

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Fragrant yellow flower

Fragrant yellow flower

Fragrant yellow flowers therapeutic benefits

Fragrant yellow flowers has good effect on skin. Paste of the flowers when applied to skin would cure skin problems like leprosy, itching, skin infections. Powder of the dried flower can be preserved so that it can be mixed with water and used.

dried anise flower

dried anise flower

Aniseed flowers therapeutic benefits

Aniseed water is beneficial for teething babies. Boil aniseed flowers in water and give you children who are in the stage of teething. Aniseed water is good for stomach also.

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Lotus flower in India

Lotus flower in India

Lotus flowers (thamara poovu in Malayalam) therapeutic benefits

Lotus flowers, leaves and seeds have several medicinal benefits. While you open up a lotus flower you can find seeds inside. These seeds can be eaten raw. This is believed to give strength to body. Leaves of lotus can be grind and applied on skin along with turmeric powder. Lotus leaves have excellent effects on skin.

marigold flower

marigold flower

Marigold flower (Jamanthi poovu in Malayalam) health benefits

Jamanthi flower is a traditional remedy to treat skin diseases and liver diseases. Jamanthi was an important medicine in ancient nature treatment.

Jasmine flower

Jasmine flower

Jasmine flower (mulla poovu in Malayalam) medical importance

Jasmine is a blessing for women. South Indian women are fond of jasmine flower. They adorn their hair with jasmine flower. But many of them do not know that jasmine flower when eaten would regulate their menstrual periods.

Raat ki Raani flower

Raat ki Raani flower

Raat Ki Rani flower (in hindi) Cestrum nocturnum (in English)

Cestrum nocturnum is the synonym of fragrance. Flower gives fragrance at night. This fragrance is believed to bring mental refreshment and good sleep at night. Aroma of the flowers is refreshing.

neem flower

neem flower

Neem flowers (Azadirachta indica) (aryaveppu in Malayalam)

Flowers of neem has medicinal value like neem leaves. Paste of flowers of neem can be applied to skin for skin infections, boils, insect bites and wounds. It would relieve infection and heal wounds.

Parijata flower

Parijata flower

Parijat flower for skin (Parijat or parijatam in malayala)

Parijat flower or coral jasmine is known to have good effects on skin. It can be grind and applied to skin for fairness and softness. It is also found to be relieving joint pain.

Swallow-wort flower

Swallow-wort flower

Swallow-wort or Aak (Chuvanna erik or chuvannaeruk in Malayalam)

Chuvannaerik is traditionally believed as a herb that can bring out mucus or phlegm from body. The herb also treated jaundice.


sabu...kerala.. on September 24, 2014:

Kollam very gud tnks

H on August 31, 2014:

thanks...very useful

Indra from India on March 13, 2014:

I like to read about the qualities of flowers which common in Kerala. Also happy to know many Keralites here as Hubbers.

Dev on January 18, 2014:

Appreciate your valuable contribution.

Do you know the biological name of Kattuchembarathi ? Not Hibiscus !

Good Day or Night (Depends your area of living )

Nitesh on January 04, 2014:

hi,i am not formaly visit your hub,i just got to know from my friend but seriously its very informatic.let me tell you that my wife is pregnant and i was seraching this kind of information for health related.i m happy to tell you that i got it from ur side.

but still dhrs a request to you if u have any more inform for health related let us know for the same.which will be very useful to all persons in our country as today all medicines are very costly and not as effective we all knows that all the medicines are less efeective then our traditional medicines.

thank you

dhannyya (author) on December 02, 2012:

thank you for the encouraging comment Anil and Honey

Anil from Kerala on December 01, 2012:

Hai i am glad to meet you , I like your style of writing. I have a special congratulation to you, herbal flowers especially our Thulasi, kaattu chenbakam, kaitha, asokam etc are more famous. ok thank you very much you are grate writer.

dhannyya (author) on August 13, 2012:

suzettenaples ,

thanks for your encouraging comment...yes..saffron is powdered and put in milk.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on August 11, 2012:

Beautiful and amazing article! It is so sad the western world has gotten so far way from using these natural healing properties. I learned so much from this article. I had no idea you could put saffron in milk and that it helps the skin. I put it in my paella! LOL Thanks for an informative and interesting article!

dhannyya (author) on August 10, 2012:

thank you snowdrops know?? In India there are several other rare flowers with therapeutic benefits

snowdrops from The Second Star to the Right on August 10, 2012:

Wow, great to know that we can have therapeutic benefits on these plants. Wonderful hub

dhannyya (author) on August 10, 2012:

thank you unknown spy ...happy that you found my hub interesting...

DragonBallSuper on August 10, 2012: much beauty and information in your hub. I love the flowers you posted as well as reading their therapeutic benefits

dhannyya (author) on August 10, 2012:

many many thanks Movie Master for sharing my really encouraged me...

dhannyya (author) on August 10, 2012:

thanks viewfinders ...there are lot more to put you know?? we have more plants..let the world know our ayurvedic heritage

Movie Master from United Kingdom on August 10, 2012:

A beautiful hub, very interesting and useful, thank you - voting up and shared.

Best wishes Lesley

viewfinders from India on August 10, 2012:

great hub dhanya. thank you for taking our own ayurvedic plants to the world and spreading the importance and value of natural ayurvedic medicines.don't stop with this

Thanks again as a keralite....

Hope you go through my hub too

dhannyya (author) on August 09, 2012:

thank you Michele Travis and billybuc for your know there are lot more medicinal herbs in India

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 09, 2012:

Very interesting and informative! Great hub and thank you for the information.

Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on August 09, 2012:

Thank you for sharing this. It is better then taking pills. At least for me, and other people who have to take a lot of medication.

Voted up.

dhannyya (author) on August 09, 2012:

thank you sen.sush23 for the comment...this list is however not exclusive...there are lot more medicinal flowers in India

Sushmita from Kolkata, India on August 09, 2012:

Hi dhannyya! As Indians, we do know some of the usages of the flowers and herbs in nature, like of Neem, Haldi, Marigold, Hibiscus and Rose. But I really did not know the extensive list of usages you have mentioned and I am sure, many would find the information very useful. Voted up and Sharing.

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