Take a break from supplements and vegan shakes and head into the garden for a natural approach to detoxing this January. Here are our favourite flowers to keep you feeling fine.
This spring, these delightful blooms will be all over your social media feeds. But they’re not just good for pulling in likes. Peonies are named after Paean, the physician to the gods in Greek mythology, and, just like the ancient figure, some peony plants can live up to 100 years! Harness their long-life powers by drinking a tonic made from peonies. It’s believed to help menstrual and other muscular pains and cramps, as well as improving blood circulation. Gin and peony tonic anyone?
Clothes feeling a little tight post-Christmas? Hibiscus tea can also aid weight loss. So stop being tempted by Instagram ‘models’ trying to sell you tea and reach for some hibiscus. Plus, hibiscus flowers and leaves can also be used to make tea that can lower blood pressure, can have anti-cancer benefits, and can even help with depression.
Take a walk around Selfridges beauty hall and you’ll likely see loads of lotions and potions with rose as a magical key ingredient. And there’s actually some science behind it. Roses are packed with vitamin C for radiant skin like Gigi Hadid. After your shopping trip, you’ll probably want to relax. Reach for the roses again, since drinking rose tea has calming effects. Roses can even help improve circulation as they work on the liver – a must-have cleanser for January.
Gardenia oil is used in Chinese medicine to treat infections, particularly bladder infections. It’s also used to help with depression and insomnia. When your sinuses are suffering, add some drops of gardenia oil to a steam diffuser. It’s also used a lot in aromatherapy and massage, as the scent is strong and sweet. We feel relaxed just thinking about it.
Lavender is well known for helping the sleep-deprived among us. The purple flower does this by helping to relieve anxiety, toning down headaches and tension in the process. Using lavender for a better beauty sleep can also have a knock on effect and lead to radiant skin and an improved complexion. So no need to drop £50 on that face cream if it won’t ever come out of its packaging.
Jasmine green tea tea is crammed full of antioxidants said to slow down aging. This blend can also help with weight loss by helping the body absorb less fat and cholesterol. Stressful day? Studies have shown that the smell of jasmine has a very calming effect, even preventing cancer and reducing the risk of a heart attack.
Probably the most used flower in Chinese medicine, chrysanthemums come in yellow, white and wild ‘types’, each with unique health benefits. Yellow fight infections and viruses. White can cool your internal temperature down. And wild chrysanthemums help rid the body of toxins. Drinking a tea made from chrysanthemums can help alleviate fever, headaches, and the common cold. And the cooled liquid can be used as a compress to soothe tired eyes. Definitely needed post-party season.
Honeysuckle is often praised as the best flower to reduce inflammation. Taken as a supplement, it helps cleanse toxins from the body. This flower (not the berries – those are poisonous) can also be eaten raw, so grab some honeysuckle and get to work on that fancy flower with edible flowers. They can also be made into a gargle wash for sore throats. Get really stuck in and make a paste from the flowers, which is great for skin rashes and inflammation.
Carnations are hit and miss, but they’re an amazing flower for detoxing. Carnation petals are what we need here, as the base of the flower is very bitter. Drinking carnation tea can reduce anxiety and stress. It can bring down swelling and help with nausea. Another one for your beauty cupboard too: Carnation oils can minimise wrinkles and even help with rosacea and eczema.
The powerful passionflower is best known for its calming effect on the nervous system. It can be used for treating insomnia, anxiety and even epilepsy. A great mood balancer, dried passionflower can be steeped in hot water to make a tea, or be used as a liquid extract. You can even passionflower fruit to make juices and jams.
Friendly reminder: bloomon bouquets are designed for you to enjoy, not to consume. If you would like to use flowers for detox purposes, tea, or herbal remedies, we recommend that you consult your local health shop or your general practitioner for guidance.
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