Flowers can have an uplifting effect on the human spirit with their colors, scent and beauty. There are many popular flowers which also have natural medicinal healing properties. Flowers can be used for physical health enhancement as well as for safely managing emotional issues caused by life’s pressure and challenges. Knowing the best medicinal plants to grow in your yard or patio can help provide health benefits as well as satisfaction and enjoyment.
Medicinal plants have been used as herbal medicine for centuries and have been regaining a resurgence in recent years. Often the entire plant can be used including flowers, leaves, stem and the root. These can be grown directly in the ground or in containers. These medicinal plants are easy to grow, are beautiful, fragrant and have multiple health benefits.
The National Library of Medicine has close to 100 herbs and flowers in their Medicine herb garden listings. “Plants have a long a rich history of medicinal use and, even in the era of modern medicine, their medicinal properties are still sought after.”
Your body wants to be healthy. But are you providing the proper “building materials” to allow the body to maintain health? Just like if a home builder is not supplied with the proper array of high quality lumber, concrete, pipes, nails, etc., then the workers cannot create a strong house. Many of the medicinal foods we need can be found in our kitchens and we can grow many in our own home gardens.
Though humankind has developed some advanced tools, like notebook computers, satellite communication, and laser surgery, we still cannot make a baby, or an apple or even leather. We have to rely on Nature for these gifts from the garden.
The same goes for our health. Good health does not come from an endless series of trips to the doctor. Growing foods that are non GMO, pesticide free, heirloom, organic and fed the right nutrients to thrive, can provide long term benefits for all.
Good health has to be earned by working hand-in-hand with Nature.
Nature has the most remarkable, inexpensive, and non-toxic healing agents on the planet earth. Nature’s pharmacy has been around much longer than mankind’s pharmacies.
The University of Rochester Medical Center inclues these 8 popular herbs in their Guide to Common Medicinal Herbs. These herbs are all easy to grow in the ground or containers and have been used for centuries for medicinal purposes. All are edible and can be used in teas.
While whole plants can be used, however the flowers are used for their phyto-chemical derivatives, which are beneficial for various health and healing purposes. The flower essences can prepared in several different ways, please be sure to use organic flowers.
Flowers have a powerful effect on human psyche and are beneficial for their natural health benefits. Healing flowers not only improve physical ailments like hypertension, insomnia, allergies, asthma, eating disorders, migraines and bed wetting, but they also have a psychological component and can aid with stress, anxiety and depression.
Flowers are known to have a rebalancing effect on emotions like fear, stress and aggression; flower therapy is also useful in cognitive issues like combating memory loss, improving stuttering and dyslexia; and enhancing learning skills.
The colors of flowers can symbolize different things as well as evoke different meanings and it is known that colors in general can stimulate the mind for different purposes.
The scent enjoyed by flowers can provide extraordinary benefits. While humans have five senses, our sense of smell is such a powerful memory enhancer, second only to vision. The scent of flowers can help improve our mood and provide uplifting feelings.
Here are the healing benefits of 8 commonly known flowers:
The Dandelion is native to Europe but found in temperate climates. The leaves, flowers and root have been used in Mexican and American medicinal herbal medicine. Today dandelion is promoted as a tonic and used for a variety of infections and digestive symptoms. The roasted root is used as a coffee substitute.
The edible Dandelion flowers are rich in minerals like iron, zinc and potassium; and vitamins A, B, C and D. This excellent nutritional composition makes dandelion flowers a tonic for overall well being and excellent medicinal plant for your garden.
Dandelion is often used to help with:
Lavender is a most well-known medicinal plant for its strong fragrance and widely popular in aromatherapy. It also has excellent soothing properties. Its calming effect on nervous system has multiple therapeutic benefits.
The restorative effect of lavender on your mind also ensures better quality sleep at night. Besides enhancing overall sense of well-being lavender has antiseptic and antibacterial properties, which help in skin ailments. You can boil some dried lavender flowers, strain and drink this medicinal tea.
Lavender is easy to grow, but make sure the seeds have been chilled for about 30 days before planting. If you are in a warmer climate, place them in the fridge prior to planting. Also is a wonderful pollinator attractor.
Borage contains the omega-6 fatty acid, gamma-linolenic acid which is also produced naturally in the body and may have anti-inflammatory properties. The borage flower and leaves are used for fever, cough, and depression. According to Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Borage may be helpful for menopausal symptoms, depression, dermatitis, and gastrointestinal issues. Buy Borage Seeds here.
Borage is easy to grow, with vivid blue flowers and leaves it has the flavor and scent of cucumbers. It can be started indoors 3-4 weeks before last frost or after danger of frost has passed. Plant next to tomatoes. It is supposed to deter tomato hornworms and improve the flavor of tomatoes growing nearby.
Despite their small size, chia seeds are full of important nutrients. They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, and they provide fiber, iron, and calcium. Omega-3 fatty acids help raise HDL cholesterol, the “good” cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke. Chia has become popular in recent years as a medicinal plant for your garden.
The seeds are tiny, but this plant will grow to about 3 foot. Flowers are purple or white. It is an annual is cooler climates, but in Zones 9 through 11 it can be a perennial. Plant in the ground or in pots.
The sunflower could be considered medicinal for both its aesthetic appearance and it medicinal qualities. One of the fascinating aspects of sunflower is that they follow the sun (heliotropism). i.e. think about this when planting!
According to a study in 2017 the sunflower is abundant with nutrients and biological activities. The oils are known for their anti-inflammatory effects and contain tocopherols (vitamin E), linoleic acid, triterpenes and other polyphenolic compounds, providing many medicinal qualities, and easy to grown in your garden.
Research shows that sunflower seeds are packed with vitamin E and with almost zero cholesterol. Sunflower seeds are great for the skin, heart, liver and general health. They also have several critical phytosterols for the production of hormones in your body.
Sage is high in many nutrients and loaded with antioxidants. The leaf has been used for 100’s years as a herbal and medicinal remedy. Sage is used for:
Sage thrives in well-drained soil and can be grown in medium to full sun. Fairly drought tolerant and will grow well alongside Chia. Sage grows well in containers both indoors and out. Sage is a perennial in zones 5-9. An excellent choice for cuttings. Replant and share with friends.
Caraway is another aromatic plant. It resembles the carrot with its feather leaves. The caraway seeds adds flavor to any dish and complements carrots and potatoes. It is also used in sauerkraut to help dispel gas and add flavor. Popular as a tea. Native to Western Asia, Europe and North Africa, caraway is happiest with warm sunny climates.
For medicinal purposes it is used for digestive problems including heartburn, bloating, gas, loss of appetite, and mild spasms of the stomach and intestines. An easy to grow medicinal plant in the garden. Caraway oil is also used to help people cough up phlegm, improve control of urination, kill bacteria in the body, and relieve constipation.
Studies show that substances in chamomile can kill bacteria and reduce inflammation, according to Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The flowers have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and analgesic properties making it an excellent choice as a medicinal plant in the garden. Use of Chamomile flowers after physical exertion helps with:
The soothing effect of Chamomile flowers also helps in healing various skin ailments and enhances health of your skin. The sweet fragrance of Chamomile flowers has uplifting effect on human psyche, which helps in relieving stress and improving quality of sleep. Make herbal tea from dried chamomile to get the myriad benefits of these flowers.
When growing chamomile, plant in the spring from seed or plant. Dividing is the easiest way to grow, but chamomile also does well from seed. Grow in cool conditions, part shade is preferred. Water when dry.
Bright yellow or orange Calendula flowers are known for their antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal properties. These flowers are often used externally to ease inflammation and heal wounds, burns, rashes and injuries. Calendula flowers when taken internally stimulate blood circulation and speed up recovery from colds and fevers. You can make a tea from calendula flowers and use this anti-inflammatory herbal formula: as face wash to treat acne, eyewash to treat conjunctivitis, mouthwash to treat mouth sores and vaginal wash to treat yeast infections.
Flowers are Mother Nature’s amazing gift; start enjoying the medicinal powers of these flowers and other healing herbs. Add them to your next season garden.
Start thinking now about what plant you will be growing next season in your garden that is edible and contains medicinal properties.