Plant these useful flowers and reap the benefits year-round
As winter winds down and planting season begins, why not maximize the fruits of your harvest? These flowers are more than just a pretty face, they have medicinal and practical uses that can make your life better. Improve your health and quality of life with the following floral hacks (as with any of these natural remedies, educate yourself as to the dosages and possible side effects):
These multi-coloured beauties have been used in Chinese teas and drinks for centuries. They are known for their health benefits and have been used to aid the treatment of chest pain (angina), type two diabetes and high blood pressure. Beyond the multitude of health gains, chrysanthemums are also one of the best flowers for keeping away pests. Among the many bugs that they repel are ants, roaches and ticks.
Another flower with a variety or colour and petal options, the calendula’s edible flower heads can be saved to make infused oils. Health benefits include treatment of leaky gut syndrome and healing salves.
Mint is well known as a digestive aid and adds lovely flavour to dishes or drinks. It can also be used to keep the spiders, ants and mosquitoes away.
Marigolds are famous for their effectiveness in repelling mosquitoes, plant lice and even rabbits. However, they also boast health benefits that boost immune response and treat stomach pain.
Not everyone loves the distinctive, strong smell of this beautiful flower. In particular, mosquitoes and gnats are known to steer clear of the aroma. Lavender can also be used as an anti-inflammatory and has anti-fungal properties. Additionally, it can be a wonderful additive to flavour teas and baking.
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