Flowers that cure diseases

These 10 flowers that cure diseases will be your best friends forever! 

An aphorism that has graced the moral story books to becoming a time-tested Bollywood movie mantra- a friend in need is a friend indeed. A friend is someone whom we can rely upon during a crisis and what can be worse than ailing health! While modern medicine has evolved to the extent that we just have to gulp down tablets and capsules or apply pain relief balms to get relief from most illnesses, one should acknowledge the practices of our forefathers who used medicines found in nature such as our flower friends.

The therapeutic and natural properties of these flowers have been historically and culturally validated by practitioners of medicine. Of late, scientists have also recognized the medicinal utilities of these flower plants. Though the pervasive practice of growing flowers is attributed to its aesthetic prowess, one should not limit them to this uni-linear purpose. Flowers are also endowed with medicinal value and the knowledge of which can heal our wounds, provide relief from respiratory diseases or soothe excruciating migraines.

Here’s a list of 10 flowers that cure diseases while being extremely alluring too!

1. Hollyhock Alcea Rosea Respiratory and inflammatory ailments, eases cystitis and frequent urination. Hollyhock tea and can also be used in salad  Hollyhock medicinal properties
2. Roman Chamomile (looks like daisy with an apple-like fragrance) Anthemis nobilis a.k.a Chamaemelum nobile, Gastric distress due to overeating Chamomile tea  Chamomile Medicinal Properties
3. Snapdragon Antirrhinum majus Fever, inflammation, and applied to the body surface to treat burns, infections and haemorrhoids. Gentle sedative and a mental relaxant.  SnapDragon Medicinal Properties
4. Pot marigold Calendula officinalis It can be used in the treatment of ringworm, cradle cap and athlete’s foot. Used as preparations because of its antiseptic and detoxifying properties. Stews can be prepared with it.  Marigold Medicinal Properties


5. Madagascar periwinkle (contains four medicinal alkaloids) Catharanthus rosea a.k.a. Vinca rosea Alkaloid Vincristine is beneficial for the treatment of childhood leukaemia and breast cancer. Vinblastine is used in the treatment of Hodgkin’s Disease and choriocarcinoma.  Periwinkle Medicinal Properties
6. Purple cone flower Echinacea purpurea syn E. angustifoli Plant extracts stimulate the immune system to combat bacterial and viral infections. It is antiseptic and antimicrobial, with properties that act to increase the number of white blood cells available to destroy bacteria and slow the spread of infection.  Purple Cone Flower Medicinal Properties
7. Lavender Lavendula officinalis syn. L. angustifolia, English Lavender Insomnia, anxiety states, digestive complaints including meteorism (abdominal swelling from gas in the intestinal or peritoneal cavity), loss of appetite, vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas (flatulence), and upset stomach. migraine headaches and depression Used in combination with other herbs  Lavender Medicinal Properties
8. Wrinkled Rose (rich source of Vitamin C) Rosa rogusa Blood circulation and provides soothing effect to a “restless foetus” (in china). Battles scurvy Tea and jelly  Wrinkled Rose Medicinal Properties
9. Evening Primrose Oenothera biennis Treatment of eczema and other allergic skin disorders. Three to four grams of primrose oil per day may be beneficial in the treatment of premenstrual syndrome Primrose oil  Evening Primrose Medicinal Properties
10. Feverfew (derives its name from its medicinal use) Tanacetum parthenium syn. Chrysanthemum parthenium Reduces fever and migraine. Useful for arthritis. They have been employed in poultices on tumours and ulcers.  FeverFew Flower

The next time you suffer from an unbearable migraine, menstrual cramps, burns or gastric problems you know some flowers that cure diseases. Organic remedies are widespread and more prevalent than you think and can always be at your service if you wish. However, all these suggestions are not meant to undermine the role of your medicinal consultant and you would be better off informing your doctor about any such usage.


Happy Gardening

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