4 Flowers Loved for Their Medicinal Properties

There’s more to many flowers than beauty and fragrance. Researchers have discovered that some have powerful medicinal properties. Bonus: humans have utilized their healing powers for centuries.  Here are our top 4 flowers with amazing medicinal properties:

  • Dandelion Root

 

Fresh or dried dandelion herb is used as a mild appetite stimulant; it also relieves an upset stomach. Known to improve digestion, the root of the dandelion plant acts as a mild laxative. Research shows dandelion may help improve liver and gallbladder function.  Insulin-dependent diabetics can benefit from dandelion because the root and leaf together stabilize blood sugar levels. In ancient times, the root was ingested in small quantities before meals by the Celts, Romans, Greeks, and Mediterraneans to improve and balance the appetite.

A few “surprising” benefits of dandelion include relief from liver disorders, diabetes, urinary disorders, acne, jaundice, cancer and anemia. It also helps in maintaining bone health, skin care and is a benefit to weight loss programs. These and other health benefits are currently being studied for complete validation by a number of international institutions.

  • Calendula

 

It is said that the medicinal strength of Calendula is based on its color. So select one that is bright yellow or orange if you want the maximum effect.  Calendula tea is commonly used to help heal peptic ulcers, esophageal irritation from GERD, and inflammatory bowel disease. Calendula decreases inflammation from infection or irritation through its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. It is also used to treat weak immunity and helps prevent infection by stimulating the lymphatic system. Topical applications of calendula tea include wounds, burns, rashes, stings, eczema, acne, chicken pox, and cold sores.  A thorough digest of calendula terms, uses and definitions is available at Herbal Remedies Advice.

  • Echinacea

 

In Germany, specific parts of Echinacea Purpurea are approved to treat slow-healing wounds, colds, upper respiratory tract infections, and urinary tract infections.  The root of the Echinacea Pallida plant is also promoted for the treatment of flu-like infections.  Native Americans valued Echinacea for being a powerful remedy for treating weeping wounds, boils, abscesses, and snake bites. And it has established a reputation for improving immune function.

Natural Living Ideas lists at least 16 reasons why you should drink echinacea tea every day.

  • Lavender

 

Lavender oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used to hasten the healing of minor burns. Research has revealed that the lavender essential oil may be useful for treating depression, anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia.  Not only is lavender beautiful, but it is also a wide-ranging pain reliever: Organic Facts lists wide-ranging benefits.