Growing flowers and plants at home can be quite a satisfying endeavour. Adding fragrant, colourful blossoms to your home garden can give your landscape a feature that simply delights the senses. But did you know that behind all that beauty and pleasant aroma, many plants also offer a wide range of benefits and uses?
Some are documented to help in the treatment or management of a variety of health issues. Others can lend an edible and tasty change of pace to a meal. Here are three options for delving into the world of appreciating beautiful plants that offer numerous fringe benefits.
Allium is an edible flower with blossom clusters that bloom on a globe-shaped head in a variety of beautiful colours, including pink, yellow, white, and purple. They can grow anywhere from 6 inches to 3 feet tall on thick, bluish-green stems and come in any of 700 types.
These perennials are also easy to grow, as they thrive in the sun and are resistant to drought. Because Allium is in the onion family, its flavour is can range from that of a tender leek or chive to the more robust garlic. Plus, the entire flower can be consumed by humans.
Allium has several health benefits, including antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibiotic properties. Additionally, it can be used to maintain heart and blood pressure health, dilate blood vessels, relax muscles, keep bad cholesterol low, and stave off atherosclerosis and the risk of stroke. Some studies also suggest allium could be useful in reducing the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Additionally, it can be used to maintain heart and blood pressure health, dilate blood vessels, relax muscles, keep bad cholesterol low, and stave off atherosclerosis and the risk of stroke. Some studies also suggest allium could be useful in reducing the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
Some studies also suggest allium could be useful in reducing the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
The Evening Primrose is a biennial herb that typically grows to at least 6 inches tall. It produces a fragrant flower that blooms a delicate yellow only in the evening for about two days.
Seeds from the Evening Primrose are used to make Evening Primrose Oil, which is commonly used for a variety of health issues including eczema, psoriasis, acne, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, cancer, heart disease, dyspraxia, leg pain caused by blocked blood vessels, alcoholism, Alzheimer's disease, and schizophrenia.
Less common medical uses include treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome, asthma, nerve damage associated with diabetes, neurodermatitis, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, weight issues, whooping cough, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and peptic ulcer disease.
Women use Evening Primrose Oil for premenstrual syndrome, breast pain, endometriosis, and menopause symptoms. Uses during pregnancy include preventing high blood pressure and late deliveries, as well as shortening or starting labour.
Additionally, Evening Primrose Oil can be added to foods for a dietary source of essential fatty acids, as well as in the manufacture of soaps and cosmetics.
The American Coneflower or Echinacea produces large, lavender blossoms that can span 6 inches across, with brown, cone
Features enjoyable to gardeners include the flower'ss ability to attract butterflies and the seeds draw of birds. Echinacea also makes an ideal cut flower in floral arrangements.
In addition to its beauty, Echinacea can be refined into
Uses include treatment of cold and flu, acid indigestion, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, diphtheria, dizziness, genital herpes, gum disease, malaria, migraine, snake bite, rheumatism, septicemia, streptococcus infection, syphilis, flu, tonsillitis, typhoid, urinary tract infection, and vaginal yeast infection.
In herb form, Echinacea can be purchased without a prescription at pharmacies, health shops and grocery stores. It is available as a tea, liquid extract, a dried herb, and in pill or capsule form.