Medicinal flowers (part II)

Remeber last week?

Well, we were talking about medicinal flowers and all we used were the flowers themselves. Here are a few more:

Linden (Tilia americana)

This common tree is all over our American cityscapes. This is a common street tree which flowers have a sedative action in the nervous system and are used around the world in tea for the cold and flu.

Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin)

Many people use the bark of the mimosa tree to calm agitation, stress, or anxiety – but we don’t need to get out any special tools to benefit from this plant. The Dr. Seussian pink flowers can easily be picked to give the same effect!

Hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa)

The teas made from this flower are best known for their distinctive color. The tropical red hibiscus flower, when dried adds a deep pink to any tea it graces. If pink and red remind us of love and the heart, this is appropriate. Hibiscus is very good for our circulatory system and studies have shown the flower is effective at improving our cholesterol and blood pressure numbers.

What are hibiscus great for?

Rose (Rosa rugosa)

Topically, they are used in a lot of our favorite skin care recipes and the astringency, combined with their emollient quality, make them perfect for recapturing youth! You can make homemade rose water to be used in a number of skin care recipes.

Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

There is a lot of money being tossed about in an effort to eradicate this aggressive plant. The silver lining is that we can harvest the flowers and use them for the immune supportive actions in the body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine these flowers are highly prized and are called Jin yin hua.

And here it is: surely you now believe that beauty literally means health! 🙂

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