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THE HEALING POWER OF FLOWERS

Here at LULLY & ROSE Floral Studio, we are always in awe of the natural beauty of the fresh, fragrant flowers and their meanings that we have the pleasure of working with every day. Flowers and their meanings are more than just beauty and aesthetics though, and many of the florals we work with also have powerful healing properties when used correctly in natural medicine. The main way that flowers are used in herbal remedies are through essential oils, teas, edible flowers and in vitamins. 

We’d like to highlight some of the incredible properties of these flowers and their meanings in relation to healing, though we always recommend consulting with your own doctor or accredited naturopath before trying any new supplements or remedies. This article is our opinion and perspective only and is not intended as medical advice or recommendations. Always consult your medical professionals first, especially if you are currently taking any medication. 

You might be surprised to hear that Western doctors are recommending natural remedies more and more often, which is wonderful for maintaining our connection to the natural world and connecting with flowers and their meanings. For example, floral remedies can be helpful in the treatment of cognitive conditions like memory loss, speech issues and dyslexia, or in the treatment of psychological distress that manifests itself in physical symptoms like hypertension, asthma, insomnia, eating disorders, migraines and allergies. 

Floral remedies like teas and essential oils can also have a wonderful impact on our emotional wellbeing and can aid in healthy, restful sleep. Natural remedies that include flowers and their meanings have long been used in the management of stress or other difficult emotions like fear, grief, and anger. Since we give florals to express our emotions with those flowers and their meanings, it also makes sense that we can use them to impact our emotions and wellbeing in different ways – nature is incredible that way!

Flower Teas
Florals added into teas can have a wide range of benefits from boosting immunity and aiding digestion to improving mood or assisting sleep. Even if you weren’t really thinking of it, it’s likely you’ve had flower teas plenty of times before, like a classic chamomile tea to wind down at the end of the day. Other floral teas that have a calming effect on feelings of anxiety and stress are jasmine, lavender, rose and chrysanthemum. Jasmine is flavourful in a floral tea and is often combined with a green tea – this floral is described as tasting more intense than a regular green tea. As well as being relaxing, jasmine can also help to lower blood pressure. Lavender is another classic choice and can be mixed with other teas and florals like the delicate rose to create a blend, or enjoyed on its own either hot or iced – we like ours with some honey and lemon. A traditional floral used in Chinese medicine and culture, the chrysanthemum makes for a light and sweet tasting flower tea. For boosting immunity or helping to relieve the symptoms of the common cold, turn to linden flower, dandelion or echinacea teas. These can be combined with lemon and honey for a soothing and warming drink with added health benefits like assisting with weight loss, helping to manage cholesterol levels and benefiting your skin’s natural glow. If iced tea is your favourite, try making some with hibiscus! Hibiscus has a delicious flavour that pairs perfectly with fruits and is full of antioxidants and all kinds of other good stuff.

Edible Flowers
The term edible flower refers to flowers which can be safely consumed, either on their own or in cooking. Edible flowers are certainly growing in popularity in the culinary industry, for both their holistic benefits and their beautiful aesthetics. Traditionally though, flowers and herbs have been used in cooking for centuries, and can be found across the globe in Asian, European and Middle Eastern cuisines. If you’d like to try your hand at including edible flowers in your cooking for decoration, flavour and health benefits, there are some wonderful resources available for you to get creative with! Lavender is a popular one for its sweet, citrusy flavour and can be sprinkled on desserts or used in baking. Nasturtium flowers, while perhaps not as widely known, are full of vitamin C and can be eaten in their entirety as a garnish on savoury dishes or in salads. Their sweet and spicy flavour is a delight for the senses, and they get bonus points for being very easy to grow. Some other popular edible flowers are: hibiscus, echinacea, dandelion, honeysuckle, rose, primrose, pansy, chamomile, cornflower, marigold, elderflower, calendula and dianthus. 

Essential Oils
While currently booming in popularity, essential oils have their roots in ancient cultures all over the world, with the distillation method known today being used from as early as the 11th to the 13th centuries, and by around 1500 some of the essential oils we can easily recognise now had been developed, such as cedarwood, rose, rosemary, sage, cinnamon and myrrh. Essential oils are named for the plants from which they are extracted, though many modern companies have created their own blends and named them for their benefits or intended use. This is great for taking the guesswork out of which oils to use for what benefits. You may even find that essential oils are already being utilised in your favourite skin care for their many benefits! Essential oils can be used either by diffusing them into the air with an oil burner or specialised cold water diffuser, or topically when diluted. Not all essential oils are safe to use in the same way, so it’s worth doing your research and talking to an aromatherapist before diving in too deep! Oils generally known for their gentleness, however, are chamomile, rose, jasmine and lavender. A little research will boost your confidence on how and when to use these little bottles of floral goodness, keeping in mind that they are very concentrated, which is why caution is always used when trying something new. Essential oils are largely used for aromatherapy and boosting mood or calming anxiety and assisting sleep, however there are a plethora of other conditions they can be used in the treatment of – ask your doctor or naturopath next time you visit, and always source your essential oils from a recommended and trusted supplier. 

So, which flowers and their meanings will you be looking at incorporating into your routine? 

Some of the most commonly used flowers and their meanings in the wellness and holistic health industry are: 

Cornflower: A member of the daisy family, Cornflower is most well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and used as a herbal tea can be good for improving digestion, detoxifying the liver, soothing stomach ulcers and speeding up the healing of sore gums. Full of antioxidants and Vitamin B7, cornflower is also thought to assist with preventing the common cold. Popularly found in black tea blends, you’ll notice cornflower with it’s beautiful pop of blue colouring. 

Eucalyptus: An Australian native, eucalyptus oil derived from the crushed leaves of this iconic tree has a wide variety of uses. Some of the healing uses of diluted eucalyptus oil are to remedy a cough, clear congestion, as a natural insect repellant, as a natural disinfectant, soothing cold sores, freshening breath and easing joint pain. Many over the counter remedies contain eucalyptus oil as an ingredient, or you can diffuse the oil in your home or office. 

Gardenia: Gardenia has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine, and is still a popular choice in herbal medicine and aromatherapy. Gardenia taken as a herbal tea can promote healthy digestion, and as a therapeutic essential oil it is known for lifting mood and aiding in alleviating feelings of depression. This multipurpose floral has a plethora of other benefits too! 

Geranium: Used in alternative medicine for centuries, geranium essential oil has a calming and grounding effect, and is said to have antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s a popular choice for natural skincare. 

Jasmine: As well as the benefits of jasmine tea we mentioned earlier, jasmine essential oil used in aromatherapy is useful in combating symptoms of depression and is also used to promote beautiful, glowing skin and reduce imperfections and signs of ageing when used in skin care. 

Lavender: Is there anything lavender can’t do? From a calming tea to a delicious addition to sweet treats, lavender used in essential oil form is beautiful for assisting sleep, promoting a calming environment and is also touted for its antimicrobial properties. It can be used to treat acne, skin infections and to soothe minor burns. 

Peony: Popular in Chinese medicine for hundreds of years, one of the medicinal uses of peonies is to assist with menstrual and hormonal health. It can be taken in a tonic from a naturopath or herbalist and is thought to be a natural muscle relaxant. 

Primrose: Primrose is a popular ingredient for treating acne and is thought to assist with inflammation in the skin, as well as promoting moisture retention in the skin. 

Sunflower: Sunflowers are thought to improve cardiovascular health, digestion and brain function and their seeds are a popular health food that is rich in nutrients like magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron. Taken as a herbal tea, this beautiful flower can brighten your day by improving symptoms of menstrual cramps. 

Of course, if your favourite way to use flowers and their meanings to express yourself is with a beautiful posy arrangement or bouquet, order a luxury floral design from LULLY & ROSE Floral Studio today.