The Gift of Flowers



A gift of flowers is always something great to give at Mother’s Day.  But, not just flowers!  Flowers with medicinal qualities always add that personal touch.  To help in selecting them are some helpful hints.

  • The corn flower.  This flower is a sky-blue flower that has been used to delivery relief to medical patients for a long time.  Tea made from this flower acts as a laxative and a mouth cleanser, or to make a paste to bring relief to acne and tired or irritated eyes.
  • Dandelion.  This flower cleans the blood and helps with related issues as anemia.  It was also used as a laxative and tonic for overall wellbeing in Native American culture.
  • Foxglove.  Foxgloves have proven to be valuable in curing edema when used in moderation and as a tea to remedy coughs and colds.  Also used as a compress for skin swellings or sores.
  • Gardenia. Used for blood cleansing and disorders, bladder problems and physical injuries, especially in Chinese medicine. Helps to alleviate depression, stress, anxiety, insomnia and similar type disorders.
  • Jasmine.  An exotic and sweet flower that makes a delicious tea.  It also helps in digestive issues, stomach ulcers and other ulcers.  Sip before bedtime to help with insomnia and anxiety.
  • Honeysuckle.  Create an antibacterial gargle wash for sore throats.  Apply a paste from the flower for skin rashes or inflammation.
  • Hyssop.  This flower goes back to Biblical times and now used for its potency again sore throats, bronchitis, congested chests, rheumatism and arthritis.
  • Lilac.  Steep this flower for a tonic to reduce fever and get rid of internal parasites.  Those skin burns or wounds are soothed and will heal well when a paste is applied.
  • Lotus. These are effective against fever, diarrhea and more serious illnesses such as cholera and bronchitis.  Works well for relief of bad coughs when used as a syrup.
  • Morning Glory.  Do not ingest the seeds as they could cause hallucinatory effects.  Use is as a laxative and general purge.
  • Nasturtium.  Has anti-microbial properties that make it an effective remedy against colds and flu.
  • Passionflower.  Medicinal properties are contained for treating disorders such as insomnia, agitation, anxiety and epilepsy.  Can reduce pain and induce a calming sensation.
  • Peony.  Tonic made from the flower is helpful as a muscle relaxant for general muscular pain and cramps; also menstrual discomfort.
  • Plum Flowers.  Used in Chinese medicine to free the body of parasites and ulcers.  Also can boost digestive health.
  • Rose.  They contain Vitamin C and safe for human consumption.  Can increase blood circulation and relieve depression or as a mild laxative.
  • Rosey periwinkle.  Traditionally used as a tea for diabetes and high blood pressure.  It also has properties towards diseases as leukemia, cancer and Hodgkin’s Disease.
  • Snapdragon.  Used as a gentle sedative and mental reliant.  Useful for insomnia or stress.
  • Sunflower.  Use a brew to help with ulcers and menstrual cramps as well as a wash for gargling for sore throat.

So there you have it.  Not only for the smell or beauty of the flower, there are medicinal reasons for all these flowers.  Give the gift of health to your mom for this Mother’s Day!

Dr Fredda Branyon