Do you have complaints of minor health problems all the time? Maybe the answer to all your minor health complaints is to put some fresh flowers in your home. Fresh flowers can make a lot of difference to a poor health. They also cost lesser and will help you to save money on trips to the clinics. The following are the 7 health benefits of fresh flowers.
- Increase Humidity in the House
Fresh flowers can increase the humidity level in the house. This is beneficial especially during the winter when the air is dry. Dry air can cause a lot of health problems like skin irritations, sneezing, dry throat, and lung problems. It increases static electricity so that you get a shock when touching metal. Contrary to what it is termed, dry air will make the air colder. The flower can improve humidity in the air by releasing the water it absorbs in the vase through the tiny holes on the leaves in vapor form. You can increase the lifespan of the cut flowers by adding flower food.
- Reduce the Level of Stress
Flower can ease the stress placed on your body as a result of the lack of rest. You can put the flowers in a place where you will frequently see, for example, on the bedside table. The beautiful blooms of the flower will give you the motivation you need to get up and go to work. If you find it stressful to read a textbook, you can use the flower as bookmark on the page where you stop. In this way, you will see the flower every time you open to the page to continue reading. If you feel that dish washing is a stressful job, you can put a small vase with a flower nearby to make the task more enjoyable. Adding dried flowers to your food such as infused water, ice cream, and salad can also help in destressing.
- Treats Various Sicknesses
Medical practitioners have been using flowers to make medicines to treat various diseases since many centuries ago. You can buy dried flowers from an herbal health store or buy them fresh from a florist and dry them yourself under the sun. If fresh flowers are not easily accessible from your country, you can order them online by using the international flower delivery services.
Different flowers have different medicinal uses – begonia infused water can clear the body from toxins and stop headaches. You can also rub crushed begonia on your skin to relieve a burn. Daisy infused water can act as a laxative and help you to go to the toilet. Daisy can also be crushed and applied on the wounds as a poultice. Daisy has anti-inflammatory property that can help with easing arthritic problems.
Blue Lobelia is often used in treating syphilis, fever, and colds. Calendaula can be used to make creams that relieve burns. California poppies can help you to fight with depression and ease insomnia problem. Chrysanthemum flowers are used to make tea that can assist in relieving fever, and headache. You can also apply cooled chrysanthemum tea on your tired eyes to relieve them. Dandelions are useful for cleaning toxins in the blood and treating anemia. Honeysuckle flowers can be used to make anti-bacterial gargling water to reduce sore throats.
- Put You in a Good Mood
The pleasantness in seeing the flower will perk up your mood and you will find yourself worrying less. People tend to worry more when they are in a low mood. A study conducted in 2008 shows that anxiety level of patients drop when flowers are placed in their room. If you have a friend in the hospital who always worry, maybe sending her some flowers will help to ease her anxiety. However, before you do that, be sure to check with the hospital if they allow delivery of flower gifts to the hospital patients.
When you are in a good spirit, your brain will work faster and you can think clearer to solve problems. There will also be an improvement to your memory power and you will find yourself able to recall things better. Not all types of flower can help you to have good memory. Rosemary flower scent is most effective in sharpening your ability. On the other hand, lavender scent can make your eyes heavy and fall asleep faster.
- Give You a Good Feeling
Flowers can impart a feel good feeling due to their colorful blooms. It is the same good feeling when you visit a tulips meadow that is in full bloom. They can trigger several chemicals in the brain including dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin. Dopamine is released when you are rewarded. Seeing the fresh flowers is a reward, especially during the winter when there is not many flowering plants around.
Oxytocin is triggered when you have a nice feeling related to bonding and relationship. When you see flower, you immediately relate it to romantic love. It reminds you that relationship is fragile and you must care for it like how you look after the cut flower every day. Serotonin is released when you feel a sense of pride. You feel important when seeing the flowers no matter if you buy them or receive it as a gift from someone.
- Help Your Body to Relax
The fragrant smell of the flower can relax your body and lower the heart rate. It also makes it easier to doze off the sleep when the room is filled with fragrant flower smell. Flower scent also has air purifying ability and will clear away all the toxic gases. When the air is fresh and free from toxin, you will be able to breathe in a relax way and quickly fall asleep soundly.
- Improve Creativity
Many people say putting flowers with lots of leaves in the room can sparks creativity. Some theorists claim that exposure to healthy trees and plants can instill a feeling of calmness. Green color can boost your creativity and productivity. For the best result, you should decorate a table with a vase of green flowers – one tip is to avoid red colors as it is said to have the ability to reduce creativity. It only takes about 2 seconds of gazing at the green leafed plant to experience an improvement in your creativity.