Look no further than your flower garden the next time you experience a migraine, heartburn or have trouble falling asleep. Choose from a variety of healing flowers to remedy everything from the common cold to cirrhosis. Substances in milk thistle can promote new cell growth in the liver. Siberian ginseng strengthens the immune system and helps the human body cope with mental, emotional and physical stress. Choose a healing flower as a green-friendly alternative for the treatment of medical conditions.
The Roman chamomile plant produces healing flowers useful in the treatment of morning sickness, menstrual pains, inflammation, sinus headaches and digestive disorders. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends chamomile as a homeopathic remedy for greenish, loose stool bearing the odor of rotten eggs. This healing flower produces chemicals that also reduce flatulence and relieve muscle tension. Chamomile has calming effects and may soothe children who are irritable, argumentative and whiny. Chamomile is an active ingredient in topical ointments used to treat skin irritations such as bedsores, diaper rash, eczema, frostbite and hemorrhoids.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is an aromatic, purple flower effective in reducing mental stress and anxiety. Essential oils from the lavender flower provide a calming scent and help relieve migraines, restlessness, nervous tension and emotional stress. The refreshing fragrance removes nervous exhaustion and increases mental activity. Sip herbal tea made with dried lavender flowers to alleviate abdominal swelling from gas or irritable bowel syndrome. Lavender is also an effective mosquito repellent and a topical treatment for hair loss.
The root of the valerian flower is a strong sedative and active ingredient in homeopathic medicines for conditions connected to anxiety and psychological stress. Some people use valerian as a treatment for hysterical states, excitability and neurosis, and for general medical conditions like headaches and indigestion. People suffering from sleep disorders take valerian as a homeopathic alternative to sleeping pills. Valerian causes drowsiness and sleepiness; people may experience prolonged sedation if they take valerian with other depressants.
Harpagophytum procumbens, more commonly known as devil's claw, offers natural anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. The roots of this odorless herb contain iridoid glycosides -- healing properties that help the body recover from pregnancy-related complications and skin problems such as sores and boils. Dragon's claw is also an effective treatment for degenerative joint diseases. Native to South Africa, Madagascar and the Kalahari Desert, this leafy perennial also stimulates the appetite and promotes digestion.
- University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC): Diarrhea
- U.S. National Library of Medicine: Roman Chamomile--MedlinePlus Supplements
- Organic Facts: Health Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil
- U.S. National Library of Medicine: Valerian--MedlinePlus Supplements
- University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC): Devil's Claw
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