5 Interesting Purpose of Flowers
Written by Each A Plant on 14 July 2018
When we think of flowers, usually the first thing that comes to our mind is their aesthetics aspect. Indeed, flowers are often indispensable for both happy and sad occasions but they actually serve more purposes in our daily life than we could imagine.
1) FOOD FOR CONSUMPTION
It dates back to thousands of years when it comes to using flowers for culinary purpose. Ancient Chinese, Greek and Romans use flowers in their traditional cooking. When flowers are added to food, they indigenously enhance the colour, flavour and presentation of the dish. Even in modern day, many cultures still use flowers to compliment cooking - think of rose petals in Indian food and squash blossoms in Italian food.
Common flowers such as roses, violets, daises and nasturtiums are not just delightful to look at, they are edible too. Their petals and blossoms give salads, smoothies, syrups and teas unique and special flavours. Likewise, broccoli and cauliflower are edible plants whose large flowering heads are eaten as vegetables.
There are just so many possibilities when you add flowers to food - some are spicy and some herbaceous, while others are floral and fragrant. The next time when you step into the kitchen, be adventurous and explore adding a few blossoms to your recipe. Who knows, you might be able to whip up something interesting?
2) MEDICINAL PURPOSE
We value beauty of its own sake, yet many vibrantly coloured flowers have much to offer beyond their aesthetic appearance. Some flowers can be used medicinally, others are good for consumption, and many provide food and habitat for beneficial insects.
For centuries, medical practitioners have well acknowledged therapeutic properties of certain flowers. In fact, this knowledge revolves across many cultures around the world for as long as we know. One of the greatest advantages is that flowers and plants offer 100% natural medicinal properties unlike modern medications which often embed side effects. Besides, extracting medicinal benefits from flowers are considerately economical as compared to drugs marketed by pharmaceutical companies.
Readily available from herbal health store, flowers like chrysanthemum, jasmine and rose make effective home remedies.
Chrysanthemum do not just make an excellent cup of tea, drinking it aids those suffering from a fever, headache or common cold. The cooled liquid can also be applied as a compress to soothe tired eyes.
Like chrysanthemum, jasmine flowers are great for brewing tea. Besides, jasmine tea is also great for relieving digestive issues, stomach ulcers and ulcers. Drinking a cup of jasmine tea before bedtime help to ward off insomnia and anxiety.
Rose are great source of Vitamin C and are safe for consumption. Rose petals can be eaten raw to increase blood circulation and relieve depression. Also, mild laxative effect from rose tea aids those with bowel issues. And of course, the list of medicinal flowers goes on.
So, stop procrastinating, start growing flowers in your garden today and prepare to be amazed at what medicinal flowers can do for your health, your palate and your spirits.
3) SOURCE OF NATURAL DYE
Dyes can be widely found in nature. Flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables are great source of natural dyes. One great advantage of natural dye is that they have minimal environmental impact. Because the dyes are made from natural sources, they are not harmful to the environment and making them more appealing for consumers. Natural dyes are biodegradable and henceforth disposing them do not cause pollution.
As opposed to natural dyes, synthetic dyes are popular because of its lasting colour pay-off and wide range of colour choices. However, synthetic dyes are made up of chemicals such as mercury, lead, chromium, copper sodium chloride, toluene and benzene which have harmful effects on the environment and human.
Consider using flowers the next time you wish to dye fabric and you will uncover beauty the nature way.
4) GREAT BEAUTY INGREDIENT
Human beings, like many other creatures, have an affinity for flowers. Flowers are used extensively for beautification, rejuvenation and perfumery. Since ancient times, medicinal practitioners have always given much important to the wonderful properties of flowers besides their alluring aromas. All around the world, flowers and plant extracts are one of the most sought-after natural element for organic products in substitute of synthetic chemicals.
When it comes to heal and beautify of skin, flowers are almost magical. You can use them in many ways; a refreshing face wash, massage oil, lotion, body soap and so on. While some flowers aids skin related issues, others act as anti-inflammatory agents or stress busters.
Next time when you visit the beauty store, you may want to keep a look out for skin care products with plant or flower extract!
5) PEST CONTROL AGENT
Many may not be aware that one easy way of pest control is to strategically place insect-repelling plants in your garden or inside your home. Certain plants contain properties that either invite beneficial insects or repel harmful insects. Beneficial insects prey on pests that cause damage in the garden. Ladybugs and praying mantis are good examples of beneficial bugs.
Once of such insect-repelling plant is basil. Basil plant secrets oil which keeps thrips, flies and mosquitoes out of your garden. Also, catnip is another good choice apart from feeding it to your cats. It can be used to keep away flea beetles, aphids and ants from your garden and home.
Using plants for pest control significantly cuts down the amount of insecticides used and that in turn brings more good bugs to control the bad bugs. Try it in your garden or home today and wait to reap the benefits.