One of the best benefits people can get from plants is their medicinal properties, either traditional or scientifically proven by science and research. Traditional medicines coming from herbal plants are an ancient practice that dates back to ancestors. Most scientifically proven medicines come from popular plants traditionally proven effective in healing some illnesses and medical emergencies.
These plants come from different classifications like trees, woody shrubs, grasses, herbaceous plants, and ornamental plants that you can easily find. You grow them for their ornamental use but sometimes fail to notice their medicinal use. Here’s a list to guide you on what to plant in your garden to give you a glimpse of what these flowers are.
Hydrangea is an ornamental plant that originally came from the countries of Asia. The plant grows in shrubs, but some grow like vines. There are more than 75 species growing and around 600 cultivars.
Out of the many species, the most popular with medicinal properties are Hydrangea paniculata, Hydrangea arborescens, and Hydrangea macrophylla. The roots and rhizome of these flowers were used in folk medicines to treat bladder infections because of their diuretic property. The plant is also used to treat enlarged prostate and helps dissolve kidney and bladder stones.
Hydrangeas are relatively easy to grow, and the best time to plant is the season of fall to early spring. Click Here to know more about the plant’s cultivation and propagation technique and the basic growing needs of hydrangeas.
Chamomile is a daisy-like plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. The plant has a white petal flower with a yellow compact flower head. It is known for its various traditional preparations such as the following:
The whole plant is used as a bath additive to soothe genital inflammation. A dry flower is used as a medicinal ingredient. At the same time, its aqueous extract is consumed as tea. A tea infusion is used to wash or gargle for mouth and throat inflammations. It also helps reduce anxiety and acts as a mild sedative and treatment for insomnia and sleep disorder.
Also, the crushed poppy-heads combined with the flower are used as a poultice for inflammatory pain and facial swelling due to infection or abscess. Additionally, chamomile oil is popular aromatherapy and used as a skin softener. At the same time, a vaporized chamomile oil relieves anxiety and depression.
Marigolds are ornamental plants that bloom in summer. It has flower heads similar to daisies and carnations produced in single or in clusters. It blooms in shades of orange and yellow with highlights of gold, red, copper, or brass.
Marigold has many medicinal applications to offer. Among them are; the treatment for eczema and sunburn from Marigold ointment. Also, Marigold tea helps alleviate cramps, aid indigestion, and a good relief for stomach ulcers, menstrual discomfort, and nausea.
The tea is also a good relaxant and anti-inflammatory when used as a cold compress and bath. Likewise, if you have sleeping troubles, use the tincture of Marigold as a topical application.
Lotus is the National flower of India that produces the most beautiful flower even when its roots are submerged in filthy water. The flower is highly admired in eastern cultures and religions to symbolize spirituality, purity, enlightenment, peace, and rebirth.
Among the many medicinal applications of the lotus flower is to reduce high temperature, treatment for diarrhea and bronchitis. In addition, its leaves help in stomach function while its roots help reduce blood pressure and regulate blood sugar levels. Likewise, its seed is good in treating tissue inflammation, leprosy, and a good poison antidote.
Chrysanthemum is a flowering plant with around 40 wild species and thousands of varieties. The flower originated from China and was later brought to Europe during the 18th century and later to the United States. Aside from its gorgeous presence in bouquets and decors, the plant has many medicinal properties to its credit.
Brewing chrysanthemum flowers give you a zesty tea that cures headaches and common colds. It also treats fever and dizziness. Also, the flower is good in lowering blood pressure, preventing type 2 diabetes, treating angina, and treating prostate cancer.
Lavender is an herb, but it becomes one of the attractions in your garden and landscapes because of its stunning look. The plant is widely used in flower arrangements and potpourri, giving off its heavenly fragrance. The plant also has many medicinal benefits: anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and helps heal bug bites and minor burns.
The plant is also good in the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, depression, and restlessness. In addition, lavender tea relieves headaches, toothaches, sprains, and sores and good prevention for hair loss.
Beyond the beauty of the blooms in your garden, you also get lots of medicinal benefits from your ornamental flowers. Medicinal flowers can cure lots of health challenges and even prevent some diseases. Likewise, these flowers also have significant benefits to health because they are all-natural and organic.
Caution: when taken orally, be mindful of the dosage and application to avoid overdose. You will never know the impact and side effects, especially if not yet regulated by science and proven effective by research.