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8 Common Flowers With Medicinal Properties

Chitrangada has a keen interest in alternative therapies. As a parent and teacher, she shares her real-life experiences with readers.

Common Flowers With Medicinal Properties

Common Flowers With Medicinal Properties

Beautiful and Fragrant Flowers Are Healers

The natural and unassuming beauty of flowers is something we all love and appreciate. These flowers are not just wonderful creations of nature, however. With delightful fragrances that mesmerize our senses, many flowers also have immense medicinal properties.

We all know about the use of flowers in aromatherapy and beauty treatments. Additionally, certain flowers are used as medicines in Ayurveda and homeopathy.

Here we will go over the common beneficial properties of:

  • Calendula
  • Lavender
  • Cotton
  • Rose
  • Hibiscus
  • Jasmine
  • Arnica
  • Rangoon Creeper

Words of Wisdom

Not all flowers are edible. In fact, some flowers may not be safe for oral consumption. It’s important and advisable to consult an Ayurvedic physician or a medical doctor before taking the medication.

One must make sure that they are taking the right thing, and should avoid self-medication and experimentation, on their own. It’s important to identify the flowers, and take expert advice before using them.

The flowers are wonderful spiritual and emotional healers, making a positive impact on our mind, body and overall health. Just looking at them, smelling their fragrance, energises and refreshes us. Their presence brings positive thoughts and positive vibes, and in the process, we feel rejuvenated.

Calendula and Anti-inflammatory Properties

Marigold is extensively used in homeopathy and is one of the oldest and most popular herbal remedies used on ruptured skin or applying to eczema.

  • Yellow Marigold or Calendula is called Genda in Hindi. It is known for use on wounds and has anti-inflammatory effects. It is used for topical applications, to cure wounds, abrasions, skin rashes, minor cuts, etc.
  • Pot marigold is distinct from calendula. Pot marigold has more rectangular leaves (with rounded corners) that are more tightly packed. Calendula leaves are lightly hairy at the end and sticky to the touch. Pot marigold does not share the same healing properties of calendula.
Lavender flowers

Lavender flowers

Lavender and Sleep

Lavender has a bright violet colour and has a fresh, sweet fragrance. It has a calming effect on the senses.

  • Because of this quality, lavender extract and scent are frequently used in making talcum powders, perfumes, essential bath oils, spa treatments, air freshener, etc.
  • The fragrance of lavender is said to relax the mind and ease stress. For that reason, it’s helpful for promoting sleep.
Cottonseed flowers has medicinal properties

Cottonseed flowers has medicinal properties

Cotton Flowers and Seeds for Ayurvedic Balance

  • Cotton flowers or kapas ke phool in Hindi, are white in colour. The seeds are considered highly beneficial according to the Ayurveda as a nerve tonic and aphrodisiac.
  • They are believed to control the three vital elements in our body, namely—gas, bile, cough (Vata, Pitta, Kapha), and maintain their balance.

Widespread Properties of Rose

  • Rose flower (or Gulab in Hindi), is a common flower, and can be found anywhere, and grows throughout the year.
  • Rose oil is an extract of rose petals and is effective in relaxing and soothing the nerves.
  • Rosewater is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic. No doubt, it’s an important component in Ayurvedic medicines.
  • Rose essence is edible and is used in making sweets recipes. It contains flavonoids and antioxidants, known to be essential for good health.
  • Rose in all its products is excellent for skin and hair care.

Hibiscus Flower and Hair Growth

Hibiscus or Rose Mallow (Japakusum or Gudhal in Hindi), is a common flower in India and has immense health benefits.

  • The juice of the hibiscus flower is used to make hair oil, is effective in helping hair growth. The hibiscus oil has a calming effect also when applied on the hair scalp.
  • Hibiscus tea is said to lower blood pressure, and also effective in the treatment of hypertension.
  • According to Ayurveda, it’s beneficial for alleviating kidney problems too.

Jasmine Flower

The serene, fragrant and delicate Jasmine flower (Juhi in Hindi), is a common flower known for its medicinal properties.

  • Jasmine extracts are popular in aromatherapy, in soaps, oils, shampoos, perfumes. Jasmine is said to be a relaxing aphrodisiac.
  • They are also used in air fresheners or room fresheners.
Arnica Flower for Medicinal Properties

Arnica Flower for Medicinal Properties

Healing Powers of Arnica

Arnica is a well-known herb throughout the world. Beware that the herb itself is poisonous, and should only be used in a highly diluted form prepared by an expert or physician.

  • Mountain Daisy or Arnica in Hindi is a common flower in India. It's quite popular in herbal ointments as a pain reliever and as an anti-inflammatory.
  • In homeopathic treatments, it is used in first aid for bruises, inflammation, and many other minor skin issues.
  • It is also known to be effective in relieving joint pain due to arthritis.

While the effectiveness of Arnica is called into question often, many groups and people subscribe to it consistently as a pain reliever.

Rangoon Creeper

Rangoon Creeper

Rangoon Creeper and Gastroenterology Benefits

The Rangoon Creeper or Madhumalti or Vasantmalti flower grows in plenty in India, Southeast Asia and tropical Africa.

  • These beautiful flowers blossom in red, pink or white colours. Divinely fragrant, these flowers are beneficial for skin infections and diarrhoea.
  • Traditionally Rangoon has been used to expel parasitic worms in children, such as pinworms or roundworms.

Many Flowers Can Be Consumed With Green Tea

The immense health benefits of green tea are well known. Green tea is made from the plant Carmellia sinensis, the same plant black tea is made from, and contains lots of antioxidants, beneficial for strengthening our immune system and general health. Green tea is good for relaxation, stress relief and is effective in building stamina.

Jasmine, hibiscus, sunflower and rose are some of the flowers used in bolstering green tea.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2020 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 17, 2020:

Thank you M G Singh Ji, for appreciating the article. Glad you liked the information. Many thanks.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 17, 2020:

Thank you Linda, for appreciating the article. Yes, the flowers have immense medicinal benefits. Glad you liked the information.

Thank you for your encouraging words and support.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 17, 2020:

Thank you Mary, for reading and appreciating the article.

I am glad that you liked it. Always a pleasure to read your comments.

Thank you so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 17, 2020:

Thank you Marie, for your kind visit and comments.

I am happy to know that you liked the article. Appreciate your kind visit, comments and support. Thank you and good day.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on December 16, 2020:

Chitra, this is a nice article. Gave a lot of information.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 16, 2020:

Thank you for sharing the information and the lovely photos, Chitrangada. Plants can be very useful. I appreciate the fact that you've shared precautions that people should take as well as information about the plants.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 16, 2020:

Thank you for writing about the benefits of these flowers. I haven't tried hibiscus tea, so I'm excited to try it.

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on December 16, 2020:

Very nice. I am familiar with nearly all these. Of course, India will have a different array of flora than Florida or Michigan in the U.S.

I especially enjoyed your sharing of the Hindi terms. Thank you!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 15, 2020:

Thank you E Randall, for your kind visit visit and comments. I am glad that you found this information useful.

Thank you and good wishes.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 15, 2020:

Thank you Rosina, for your kind words of appreciation and constant support through your comments.

I am glad that you found this information useful. Appreciations and many thanks.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 15, 2020:

Thank you Denise for sharing your thoughts on this article. Glad that you liked the information.

I can understand that it’s not possible to grow many plants in the apartments.

Appreciate your kind words, comments and support. Thank you and good wishes.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 15, 2020:

Thank you Ankita, for reading and appreciating the article. I am glad that you liked the pictures and the information. Appreciate your kind visit and comments.

Thank you so much.

E Randall from United States on December 15, 2020:

I learned a lot there, thanks for posting that.

Rosina S Khan on December 15, 2020:

I didn't know these beautiful flowers have healing and medicinal benefits. It was really educational and helpful. Thank you for sharing, Chitrangada. Loved the flower illustrations as well.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on December 15, 2020:

Very informative. I used to grow some of these flowers myself for medicinal purposes but now that I live in an apartment I haven't any space for growing things. It's too bad too. I loved seeing things grow and bloom.

Blessings,

Denise

Ankita B on December 15, 2020:

Very informative and interesting. It was a wonderful read with lovely photos.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 15, 2020:

Thank you Peggy for reading and commenting. Yes, the flowers have beauty and benefits too.

Appreciate your kind words of appreciation. Thank you so much.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 15, 2020:

From so much beauty also comes some health benefits! What could be better than that? Thanks for your article about these flowers.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 15, 2020:

Thank you so much Manatita, for your wonderful feedback.

I am happy to tell you that out of these nine flowers, six of them are growing in my garden. And, whatever I have shared above is from my personal experiences.

You are right about the calming effect, these flowers bring to us.

Thank you so much for reading and appreciating the article.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on December 15, 2020:

Thank you Bill, for appreciating the article. So glad to know that you found it informative.

Always a pleasure to read your encouraging words. Many thanks and good wishes.

manatita44 from london on December 15, 2020:

A most beautiful and colourful article on flowers and their uses. Fascinating! I tend to think of their essences, like the way Bach used them for remedies, or their scents, as in Jasmines, plus their healing qualities of calmness and relaxation, as with body massage.

You have done your homework excellently! I rather loved the video of the hibiscus tea towards the end.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 15, 2020:

Wonderful read, my friend. Very informative! You have given me something to think about in planning my garden for next year. Thank you and have a wonderful week.

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