Medial herbalist and author of Cleanse, Nurture & Restore with Herbal tea, Sebastian Pole, tells us the best five health-boosting flowers for well-being.
Chamomile – These characteristic white, daisy-like flowers might just be our best companions when we’re in need of some relaxation. This plant is most widely used for its nervine effect, relaxing the nervous system and relieving tension in the whole body. Chamomile also has anti-inflammatory properties that have proven effective in digestive and skin-based infections. Chamomile is a flower for all the family to enjoy, especially in the form of tea, to relieve insomnia, colic or general anxiety. Try Pukka Herbs Three Chamomile tea £2.49.
Rose – The national symbol of England and arguably one of the sweetest smelling flowers to grace the flowerbed. The cooling and anti-inflammatory nature of rose has an affinity for the heart and blood. Rose is excellent at clearing excess heat and congestion from the bloodstream and targeting blood based disorders such as those associated with the menstrual cycle and/or the skin. Rose is a soothing flower for all the senses, on both a physical and emotional level, helping to relieve emotional tension.
Echinacea – Part of the daisy family, the purple-petalled Echinacea plant supports and strengthens a weakened immune system. Echinacea reduces the severity and duration of symptoms, whilst also helping the body to deal with infection and stimulate the immune response. Echinacea is effective when we have become ‘run-down’ as a result of stress or over-work. The classic scenario being that an individual becomes ill as soon as they start to relax. Echinacea will support and gradually strengthen a weakened immune system in addition to being able to effectively treat an acute attack of infection.
Lavender – Famous for its pungent smell when you brush past its bristles, lavender is a classic herb for cheering the heart, easing emotional pain and promoting relaxation within the nervous system, digestion and the mind. Lavender is high in levels of naturally occurring essential oils that have a profound effect upon the central nervous system. It is effective in helping with anxiety, depression and insomnia through gently strengthening the nervous system. It is of particular benefit for those who experience symptoms such as insomnia, hypertension, indigestion and tension headaches as a result of stress or anxiety.
And finally, although not a flower, we thought this ‘weed’ could do with a bit of good press…
Nettle – We see them in hedgerows and we pull them up from our gardens. However, despite this ‘weed’s’ bad rep, nettle is an incredibly nutritious plant, rich in vitamins A and C, but is also high in iron, magnesium, calcium, chromium, zinc, potassium, phosphorous and silicon. A survivor by nature, nettle can grow anywhere and is good for treating a variety of ailments. Its high iron content makes it an excellent support for blood-based disorders such as anaemia. Nettles also have a high anti-histaminic response, calming an allergic reaction, particularly seasonal or skin. Nettles also help remove acidity from inflamed joints and help to balance blood sugar. Try Pukka Cleanse tea £2.79
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