How Flowers Can Impact Your Health Psychologically & Physically
Flowers are some of nature’s most glorious plants. With their wide array of colors, shapes, sizes and varieties, there is no wonder why so many people enjoy gazing upon them to admire their beauty. The same holds true when it comes as presenting flowers as gifts for special occasions. Flowers are recognized for their ability to leave a lasting impression on everyone who encounters them. This is because flowers have been proven to improve your total health and well-being. Here are a few ways in which flowers can impact your health in meaningful ways.
Watch Out For Allergies?
Flowers, because of their fragrance, are often smelled by those who are in the throes of appreciating their splendor.
If you suffer from allergies you may be under the impression that you cannot enjoy the beauty of fresh flowers.
However, this could not be any further from the truth. Even though some flowers do have a high pollen count which could lead to itchy, watery eyes and a runny nose, there are many hypoallergenic varieties that are available for your enjoyment. Such varieties include hostas, roses, orchids, periwinkles and tulips to name a few.
Keep in mind that if you do have allergies stay clear of amaranth (pigweed), chamomile, sunflowers and goldenrod which are proven to exacerbate allergic reactions.
Flowers For Your Mood
The joy that flowers bring to people is undeniable.
For example, have you ever pondered why people often give bouquets of flowers as gifts or why wedding venues commonly feature fresh flowers as table centerpieces? This is because flowers have been proven to make people feel good.
Studies show that simply gazing upon a wonderful bouquet of flowers can significantly reduce stress, eliminate anxiety and improve your overall mood. In fact, a study conducted in 2008 confirmed that hospital patients report less anxiety when flowers were present within their rooms or throughout the hospital. The same holds true for workplace settings as well.
Such flowers that are known to improve your mental health are lily of the valley, geraniums, roses and fragrant lavender.
When it comes to your good health, flowers have been used for years in traditional medicine and are even still relied upon in today’s modern medicine including in homeopathy.
This is because their petals and even extracts from their leaves and roots can improve your physical health and well-being. Flowers can alleviate many common ailments to include reduction in blood pressure, clearing migraines, improving air quality and treating sunburn.
Such flowers include hibiscus, feverfew, peace lilies, and marigold respectively. On the other hand, a few flowers that pose health risks if ingested include:
Be sure to stay clear of these varieties for the best health outcomes possible.
Flowers Can Impact Your Health
The good news is that flowers are readily available for your perusal. You may purchase a wonderful bunch of flowers for your personal pleasure or you can even plant a flower garden in your own backyard.
No matter your approach, just know that flowers are beneficial to your well-being for a number of reasons. It does not matter if you are enjoying flowers by smelling them, looking at them or relying on them for their many healing properties.
Flowers are some of nature’s best kept secrets when it comes to your good health!
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Ashley Smith is an author, real estate expert and mother of two beautiful young girls. She is passionate about architecture, which has been her full time job, home decor and green technologies. Her hobbies include reading about interior design and writing about her daily experiences. She loves helping people with her knowledge so that they can fulfill their dreams.
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