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Medicinal Flowers

Below are a selection of flowers which have been used as medicinal herbs in various cultures

Some of these are consumed in the form of flower tea or in essence form, whilst others are applied externally.


Flower Type Medicinal Benefits
Begonia Eliminate toxins, promote blood circulation, treat coughing of blood, and externally applied for trauma, burns, pain and toxic sores.
Calendula For ulcers, canker sores, menstruation pain, gum disease, sore throats, tonsillitis.
California Poppy Treats anxiety, sedative, nervous tension, sleeplessness, pain relief, menstrual cramps
Chrysanthemum Used to cure colds, fevers, headaches, eye inflammations and hypertensions. Good to drink in hot summer weather.
Cornflower Conjunctivitis, strained eyes.
Dandelion Treats anaemia, jaundice, nervousness, blood purification.
Honeysuckle The blossoms have antiviral and antibiotic properties, effective for all inflammatory conditions, sore throat. The stems and leaves are also used for arthritis.
Hyssop Eases congestion for colds and the flu, gargle for sore throats, reduces inflammation, heals cuts and bruises, herpes.
Morning Glory The root can be used as a cathartic.
Nasturtium Fights bacterial infections, anti-microbial, respiratory infections, influenza, the common cold, reproductive and urinary tract infections.
Plum flowers Can be used to cure cough and diarrhea. In traditional Chinese medicine, wumei (the smoked fruits) are believed to be effective against parasites, as well as in stopping ulcers and promoting a strong digestive system and heart.
Rose The petals can be used for cooling, blood circulating and anti-depressive.
Sunflower Ulcers, canker sores, menstruation pain, gum disease, sore throats, tonsillitis
Tiger Lily The bulbs are used to treat insomnia.
Valerian Relaxing, sleep aid, insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, tension headaches, migraines, rheumatic pain relief, relaxes spasms, muscle and menstrual cramps.
Viola Eczema, varicose veins, coughs, bronchitis, urinary problems, cystitis.
Yarrow Can be used for a wide range of conditions including hangovers, externally for hemorrhage, menstrual cramps relief, colds, flu, eliminate toxins, aids digestion, cleansing, pain relief, swelling.

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