All posts by Florist Ephy

Dog Rose: An Old Medicinal Herb With New Possibilities

Rosa canina, commonly known as dog rose, is a deciduous, climbing, wild rose native to western Asia, Europe, and northwest Africa. The plant's English name is derived from its hooked prickles which look similar to a dog’s canines. Some schools of thought hold that the plant got the name from its ancient use in treating rabies. Continue reading [...]
There are many lotus flower benefits for your health

The Lotus Flowering Plant: More Than Meets the Eye – It Also Has Health Benefits

The lotus plant, botanically known as nelumbo nucifera or nelumbo lutea and commonly known as Asian lotus and Indian lotus belong to the nelumbonaceae family. It is native to southern Asia and is India’s national flower. Lotus, a perennial, aquatic plant grows from a tuberous root-stock lying in the mud at the bottom of ponds and lakes. The plant has a special meaning to Buddhists, symbolizing enlightenment and purity due to its ability to bring forth beautiful flowers from dirty, smelly mud. Continue reading [...]

Daffodil Flowers: Offering a Cure for Cancer?

Daffodil, botanically known as narcissus pseudonarcissus, is a perennial, spring-flowering herb commonly found growing wild in grasslands, parks, and gardens in temperate areas. It does well in areas with full sunlight though it also thrives in partial shade. Continue reading [...]

Catnip: Good For Felines And Humans Too

Catnip, botanically known as Nepeta cataria is a perennial herb in the labiatae or mint family. It is native to Europe but was introduced to other parts of the world including North America by European settlers. This hardy and upright plant with sturdy stems has a minty odor in keeping with plants in the mint family. Continue reading [...]
Snapdragon flower

Snappy, Hardy, Beautiful And Medicinal: Meet The Snapdragon

Snapdragons are native to the rocky regions of North Africa, Europe, and the US. The plant derives its name from the tiny flowers it bears which resemble small dragon heads. When squeezed at the back and released, their snout-like parts open and close, which also explain why they are fondly referred to as snapdragon flowers, dragon flowers or dog’s mouth. Continue reading [...]
Lemon verbena medicinal uses. The plant's aerial parts have lemon-scented fragrance known to be medicinal

Lemon Verbena Medicinal Uses

Lemon verbena, also known as alosuysia triphylla or herb louisa is an undervalued, lemon-scented medicinal herb, native to Bolivia, Central America, and Peru. The herb was named after Maria Luisa, the Princess of Parma and was brought to Europe by the returning Spanish sailors between the 17th and 18th century. Continue reading [...]
Peonies health benefits: Peonies have many health benefits due to its levels of antioxidants

Peony: Bold, Beautiful And Medicinal

The peony, also known as paeony is a perennial flowering plant with a thick, knobby rootstock. It has a green, juicy stem and grows to about 3 feet high. Peonies have ternate or biternate leaves and bring forth purple-red, pink, off-white or red, large, solitary flowers that look similar to roses. Normally, peonies bloom from May to August. Among beneficial plants, it has the longest history of any flowering herb used for medicinal and aesthetic purposes. Continue reading [...]
Alexanders

Alexanders: Food And Medicine Rolled Into One Plant

Smyrnium olusatrum, commonly known as Alexanders, horse parsley or alisanders is an edible flowering plant in the Smyrnium genus. This flowering plant thrives in uncultivated areas by the seaside, salt marshes, in hedgerows, woods, in lime soils and wastelands. Smyrnium, Alexander's genus, derives its name from the Greek word smurna, meaning myrrh, probably because of its aromatic seeds. Basically, there are about 8 species in the genus. While some species are biennials, others are perennials. Continue reading [...]
Feijoa flower medicinal benefits

Remarkable Feijoa Flower Medicinal Benefits

Feijoa, botanically known as acca sellowiana or pineapple guava is an evergreen shrub native to South America in the Myrtaceae family. These small trees are commercially cultivated in California for their sweet and aromatic fruits. In addition, some people grow them for ornamental purposes. Feijoas bring forth wide, white petal flowers with bold, red centers resembling fuchsia blossoms, which are the focus of this article as they have medicinal properties. Continue reading [...]
Soapwort

Soapwort: A Soapy Affair?

Soapwort, botanically known as saponaria officinalis, is a herbaceous, perennial, flowering plant that is easy to grow and is rarely fussy of soils. It is a hardy plant and withstands diseases and harsh weather quite well. As a result, it proliferates aggressively and can form dense colonies crowding out other plants. Continue reading [...]
Peonies health benefits: Peonies have many health benefits due to its levels of antioxidants

Edible Peony Flowers – How to Eat Them!

Peonies were a popular hit during the medieval time especially when they were in season. While the seeds and roots are edible, it is the flowers that are commonly used in the culinary world as they taste great and impart pink hues to foods and beverages. Continue reading [...]

Dame’s Rocket: An Invasive, Deceitful But Beneficial Flowering Plant

Dame’s rocket or hesperis matronalis is an annual, biennial and at times a perennial, erect plant that reaches up to 4 feet tall and 18 inches wide. It is a member of the Brassicaceae or Cruciferae family which makes it a close relative of savoy cabbage, mustard, kale, broccoli, and red cabbage. Dame’s rocket is a native of Italy but is now found in many parts of Russia, Asia, the Mediterranean region and the US. Continue reading [...]

Top Three Health Benefits Of Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is a flowering, herbaceous plant belonging to the daisy family. It features dense and prickly flower heads with reddish-purple flowers. The plant thrives in Mediterranean countries and has been naturalized in South and North America, Central Europe, and Southern Australia. Continue reading [...]

How To Use Milk Thistle Flowers In Your Kitchen

Silybum marianum, commonly known as milk thistle, Mary thistle, and holy thistle is a flowering plant in the daisy family. The plant derives its name from the milky sap it produces when the leaves are broken. It is native to the Mediterranean region but is now naturalized around the world. Milk thistle is edible and has been used as food for more than 2,000 years. Basically, all parts of the milk thistle have been used as food with no substantial reports of toxicity for centuries. Apart from being used as food, the plant is also known for its medicinal capabilities as it has tonic properties. Continue reading [...]

Red Sorrel Flowering Plant: What Is It Good For?

Rumex acetosella, commonly referred to as red sorrel, field sorrel or sheep’s sorrel and sour weed is a perennial flowering plant in the buckwheat or Polygonaceae family. It is native to the British Isles and Eurasia but has been naturalized in the US and many other parts of the world. Red sorrel thrives in a wide range of habitants and is commonly seen in grasslands, floodplains and yellow pine forests. The plant flowers in March to November bringing forth reddish (female) and yellow-green (male) flowers in clusters of branched inflorensce at the tip of the stem. Red sorrel’s flowers have a typical droop and feature 3 petals and 3 sepals. Continue reading [...]
There are many lotus flower benefits for your health

The Lotus Flower: Yummy, Mythical And Beautiful

Ever read The Odyssey, Homer’s classical epic written around 10 BC? Then you are familiar with Odysseus' struggle to return home after the Trojan War. In once instance, Odysseus' ship was blown off-course to a strange land populated by people identified as lotus-eaters. The lotus-eaters gave Odysseus’ men some lotus flowers to eat and that was the beginning of a new challenge for the king as his men fell into a lotus-induced trance and no longer wanted to go back home. Continue reading [...]

Eating Magnolia Blossoms

Did you know that magnolia, the state flower of Louisiana and Mississippi is edible? While these blossoms are considered southern flowers, magnolias are a common sight throughout the US. Blooms of these magnificent trees resemble butterflies that are ready to take to the skies and give a free feeling to homes, gardens, and driveways. Continue reading [...]

Magnificent, Stately And Beneficial:Magnolia Flower Medicinal Uses

Magnolia is a large tree, reaching about 80 feet in height with a diameter of 3-5 feet. Its family is known to be among the oldest trees in the world. These trees are so ancient that their blossoms do not have real sepals and petals. Instead, they have petal-like tepals. In addition, the flowers do not produce true nectar and are not pollinated by bees because magnolias predate bees, however, they attract pollinating beetles with fragrant, sugary secretions and fragrances. Continue reading [...]
Elderflower plant benefits

Elderflower Plant Benefits For Your Health

The elderflower is a deciduous shrub of the Adoxaceae family. It grows to 6 meters ( (nearly 20 feet) tall and has light grey bark during the initial stages of growth but gradually changes to a coarse grey later on. The leaves are 10-30 cm long(about 8-12 inches) and are arranged in opposite pairs, featuring 5-7 leaflets with a serrated margin. Elder shrubs bloom in late spring to mid-summer bringing forth aromatic, hermaphrodite flowers that are ivory white with 5 petals pollinated by flies. Continue reading [...]
Cooking with hop flowers

Cooking With Hop Flowers

By now you know hops are sought-after for imparting complex flavors to beers. But did you know that hops are also great for cooking with? Continue reading [...]
How to eat lilacs

Fragrant And Edible Lilacs

Did you know that lilacs, the all-time symbols of first love and innocence are also great on your plate? Anyone who has ever eaten them testify that eating these blossoms gives an explosive flavor experience tinged with a mildly bitter and floral taste that is unforgettable. In addition, lilac flowers are good for garnishing. Continue reading [...]
Cooking with elderflower

Cooking With Elderflower

The American elder, common elder, elderflower or sambucus canadensis is a flowering shrub commonly found growing in most US states along road-sides, ditches or hedges. It is characterized by ivory or cream-colored blossoms commonly known as elderflowers which come out in spring and early summer. The flowers occur in umbels featuring an umbrella-shaped cluster. Continue reading [...]
How to eat lilacs

The Amazing Health Benefits Of Lilac Flowers

Syringa vulgaris or lilac is a flowering, deciduous shrub in the olive family. It is native to the Balkan Peninsula and was commonly propagated by European immigrants wherever they settled in order to preserve memories of home. In the US, lilacs were brought by pioneers in the 1800s. These flowers are commonly cultivated for their beautiful purple-blue or yellow petals and fragrance. In addition, the flowers are popular for their essential oils which are commonly used in aromatherapy. Continue reading [...]
Lemon verbena medicinal uses. The plant's aerial parts can be infused and used as an expectorant, sedative and digestive tract remedy

Culinary Uses Of Lemon Verbena

Lemon verbena is grown for its aroma and culinary taste. Unlike most herbs with culinary value, lemon verbena can be used fresh or dry without losing most of its aroma. To dry the flowers and leaves of the herb, tie the stems at the bottom and hang to dry. Alternatively, strip off the leaves and place them in a dehydrator. Continue reading [...]
Purslane recipes

Purslane: A Weed That Heals

Portulaca oleracea or purslane is a succulent annual herb growing 10-30 cm tall. It thrives in warm, sandy soils and is considered a weed in most regions due to its invasive growth patterns. The plant has red-brown stems and wedge-shaped leaves. It blooms in summer featuring yellow flowers containing 4-6 petals which give way to black, rough seeds. Though purslane is also known as little hogweed, it should never be mistaken with the giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum). Continue reading [...]
Purslane recipes

Purslane: A Succulent, Culinary And Flowering Weed

Duckweed not only possesses great antibacterial and antioxidant properties but is also packed with important nutritive components such as omega-3 fatty acids which are great for boosting the body’s immune system. Omega-3s are a category of polyunsaturated essential fatty acids. Since the body does not make essential fatty acids, you must get them from the food you eat. Unfortunately, the average American diet is usually low on fatty acids which expose many people to conditions such as cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading [...]
Cooking with hop flowers

Hops: Beer Ingredient With Health Properties

Hops are the flowers of the hop plant or humulus lupulus. The hop plant is native to Europe but is now cultivated worldwide including in the US where 97 percent of hops come from Oregon, Idaho, and Washington. While the climbing hop vine is renowned for imparting flavor to pilsners and ales, most people do not know that these flowers are not only good for making beer but also have medicinal properties. The health benefits of hops are attributed to compounds in the plant’s flowers such as flavonoids, lupulone and humulene. Alternative medicine enthusiasts hold that these compounds have analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-anxiety properties. Continue reading [...]
Bluebells herbal medicinal

Royal, Mysterious And Medicinal: Bluebells Surprising Facts

Hyacinthoides nonscripta, commonly known as English bluebell, common bluebell or bluebell is a perennial, bulbous plant in the Lily (Liiaceae) family. It is native to the western regions of the Atlantic and north-western Spain. Today, the flowering plant is naturalized in many parts of the world including the United States especially in the Pacific Northwest, Great Lakes regions, and other parts of North America. Continue reading [...]
balloon flower health benefits

Surprising Balloon Flower Health Benefits

Platycodon grandiflorus, commonly known as balloon flower due to the unique shape of the plant’s flower bud, is a perennial, flowering shrub. Its balloon-like buds open up into 5 strikingly beautiful purple-blue petals with beautiful lobes. The plant is native to East Asia, Japan, and Siberia but has been domesticated around the world as an ornamental plant. In addition, the balloon flower health benefits have assisted in endearing the plant to many gardeners and herbal enthusiasts for centuries. Continue reading [...]
Hollyhocks are edible

Edible Hollyhock: How To Eat Alcea Rosea

Did you know hollyhocks are edible? Yes, the whole plant can be used for food purposes. Hollyhocks are members of the Malvaceae family with beautiful, showy flowers. They bloom from July to September and seeds appear towards August. If you intend to pick the flowers for floral arrangement, medicinal or culinary purposes, harvest them in July and August when they are in full bloom. Continue reading [...]
Hollyhocks are edible

Medicinal And Ornamental: The Wonders Of Hollyhock Flowers

Hollyhock, also known as Alcea rosea, is an erect, herbaceous, biennial flowering plant in the Malvaceae family. It is thought to have originated from South-Western China and is native to Europe and Asia. Since the 15th century, the plant has been cultivated in Europe for its health-enhancing benefits plus its beautiful, attention-grabbing purple to pink flowers. Today, alcea rosea's medicinal uses and its aesthetic appeal have seen it naturalized in many regions of the world with temperate climates. Continue reading [...]
impatiens medicinal properties

Busy And Potent: Impatiens Medicinal Properties

Impatiens is a genus of about a 1,000 species of perennial flowering plants naturally occurring in the tropics and the Northern Hemisphere. These flowering plants are commonly referred to as jewelweed, impatiens, patience, touch-me-not, busy lizzie and snapweed. Continue reading [...]
White clover flower

White Clover: Herb Flowers For Comfort And Healing

Trifolium repens, commonly known as white clover, ladino clover, Dutch white clover or lodi clover is perennial herb native to Central Asia and Europe but has been introduced as a yard crop around the world. It is common in North America and New Zealand and thrives in moist and cool climates. The herb features circular or oval-shaped leaves and shoots out white, scented flowers with a pink hue. It has elongated, erect stems that are hairless with a light green hue. Continue reading [...]
chervil recipe

Chervil: The Delicate But Popular Flowering Herb

Chervil has a light flavor that most people claim is similar to licorice or anise. Others describe chervil’s flavor as mild or minty. It is one of the herbs-alongside tarragon, parsley, and chives-used in French cooking to make fine herbes, a traditional culinary blend in France. The flavor is very delicate and usually gets lost when heavily cooked, so, it is normally added to dishes towards the end of cooking. The herb is also used in egg dishes and French recipes for béarnaise sauce. Continue reading [...]
chervil recipe

Chervil: Not Just Another Pretty Flower

Anthriscus cerefolium, commonly known as chervil is an annual herb that closely resembles parsley. The herb is native to Europe and Asia and is commonly used for garnishing. Apart from being used for garnishing, chervil medicinal uses have been extolled by herbalists for many years. Continue reading [...]
Dill health benefits and uses

Dill Health Benefits And Uses

Dill or anuthem graveolens is a hardy, annual herb in the celery family. It is native to Southern Russia and the Mediterranean. Dill has been used for warding off evil by traditionalists and for medicinal purposes by herbalists for more than 2,000 years. Its medicinal properties come from the amino acids, flavonoids, and minerals it contains. Here are dill health benefits and uses: Continue reading [...]
Dill health benefits and uses

How To Use Dill Flowers As A Culinary Delight

Anethum graveolens, commonly known as dill or dill weed, is a fast-growing annual herb that can complete its growth cycle in as little as 2 months. The lanky-looking plant with fernlike features you see today in grocery stores was so precious that it was normally kept under lock and key. Dill’s flowers, leaves, stems, and seeds are all edible. This article will show you how to use dill flowers as a culinary delight. Continue reading [...]
chicory health benefits

Chicory Benefits For Your Health

Any visitor to New Orleans usually gets an obligatory cup of the city’s chicory coffee. Chicory also known as blue sailor's succor or sugarloaf is a perennial herb featuring bright blue flowers. It is native to India, Europe, and Egypt but has been domesticated in North America and other regions of the world. You are likely to stumble upon the plant growing along roadsides and other uncultivated areas especially in places with limestone soils. Continue reading [...]
Culinary sage

Musty and Culinary Sage

Common garden sage or sage is a woody, perennial plant with purple to blue blossoms that are edible. You can harvest the flowers and use them as decoration on cakes, pour hot water over them to make tea or use them to make herbal vinegar. Continue reading [...]
Culinary sage

Sage’s Medicinal Qualities Explained

Why would a man die who has sage in his garden, goes a medieval proverb. The above proverb is just one of the many ancient pieces extolling the virtues of sage. Throughout history, sage was perceived as a herb of domestic virtue and immortality. Below are sage's medicinal qualities explained. Continue reading [...]
what does chicory taste like

Chicory On Your Plate And In Your Cup

Chicory is often referred to as blue dandelion due to its similarity to dandelion. The plant has edible roots, leaves, and flowers. Though chicory is a close cousin of the dandelion, chicory’s flowers are more intense compared to dandelion blossoms. So, what does chicory taste like? Well, it has a bitter and spicy taste which tends to mellow when cooked. Continue reading [...]
Bloodroot plant medicinal uses

Bloodroot Medicinal Purposes

Sanguinaria Canadensis, commonly known as bloodroot, pauson, and redroot is a perennial, flowering herb native to North America. The plant is the only species in the Sanguinaria genus and is closely related to eomecon of Asia. It blooms from March to May depending on the weather or region, featuring 8-12 white petals with many yellow stamens, and 2 sepals beneath the petals. The flowers open when exposed to sunlight and close at dusk. Bloodroot plant medicinal uses were first exploited by Native Americans but with time the plant was adopted in other regions as more people discovered its herbal properties. Continue reading [...]
Angelica archangelica herbal medicinal properties

Angelica Culinary Uses

Angelica, also known as wild celery, is an imposing herb that grows to about 8 feet tall. The plant is as fascinating as its name sounds and has an aromatic fragrance. It blossoms in July featuring many small green or yellow flowers which are grouped into large, globular umbels. Continue reading [...]
Angelica archangelica herbal medicinal properties

Angelica Archangelica Herbal Medicinal Properties

Angelica archangelica, commonly known as angelica, wild celery, garden angelica or Archangelica officinalis is native to Syria and northern Europe but is now cultivated in the US, Europe and beyond. The plant was named angelica in keeping with popular folklore holding that an angel appeared in Europe to a monk when the continent was battling a deadly plague. According to the folklore, the angel told the monk that angelica was the cure for the plague. Continue reading [...]
Red clover flower health benefits are great for managing menopausal and respiratory issues

Red Clover Flower Health Benefits

Red clover or Trifolium pratense is a popular perennial plant introduced to North America by European settlers. This perennial plant in the Fabaceae or pea family has a long taproot and a slender, hollow, and hairy stem. It produces two three-parted, and white V-embossed leaflets with purple-pink petals. Red clover flower health benefits range from managing indigestion to treating sexually transmitted diseases. Continue reading [...]
Mullein flowers: The health benefits of mullein flowers are great for many common ailments

Mullein Healing Properties

Verbascum thapsus, also known as mullein, great mullein, or lungwort is a woolly-leafed biennial plant brought to the US by settlers. Due to the plant’s ability to propagate quickly under certain conditions, mullein spread quickly and earned a reputation as an undesirable, invasive weed. It produces yellow flowers with a faint, honey-like odor where the health benefits of mullein reside. Continue reading [...]

Colorful And Yummy: Pansy Flowers For Cooking

Pansies, also known as wild violets or viola tricolors, are annual or biennial plants with a woody stem. They produce yellow, white or purple flowers. In some instances, they feature three different colors, which explain how they got the “tricolor” name. The flowers are edible and have high nutritional value. At this juncture, it is important to emphasize that pansy flowers for cooking should be organically grown to avoid ingesting pesticide residue.Raw pansy flowers have a strong flavor Continue reading [...]
Pansy flower health benefits

Pansy Flower Health Benefits

Pansy, also known as viola tricolor, wild pansy, yellow wild pansy or bird’s eyes is a flowering herb native to North America and Europe. There are several varieties of the pansy plant which feature flowers in a wide range of colors. Pansy flower health benefits plus its beauty have earned the plant a revered place in many gardens around the world. In folk medicine, various civilizations used pansies as infusions and tinctures to treat various ailments including broken hearts, cold, and flu. Continue reading [...]
zucchini flowers medicinal properties

Zucchini Flowers Medicinal Properties: 5 Reasons To Eat Squash

Squash, also known as zucchini and courgette is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family that originated from Central America. The plant does well in warm, moist places with fertile soil. It has been domesticated in many regions of the world due to its edible leaves, flowers, and fruits. In addition, zucchini flowers medicinal properties have endeared it to various civilizations throughout the years as the blossoms are used to treat aches, colds and many other health conditions. Continue reading [...]
zucchini flowers medicinal properties

Eating Squash Flowers

Squash, also known as cucurbita pepo or courgette is a herbaceous vine in the gourd family. It is native to the Mesoamerica and Andes region. Several species of the plant are cultivated worldwide for their edible fruits, leaves, and flowers and are commonly known as pumpkin, zucchini or gourd depending on the locality, variety, and species. Squash produces orange or yellow flowers with male and female features. Since these flowers are high perishable, eating squash blossoms is a delicate affair as they are rarely stocked in food stores and supermarkets but occasionally can be found in farmers’ markets. Continue reading [...]
Blue cornflower medicinal properties are simply spectacular

Blue Cornflower Medicinal Properties

Centaurea cyanus or cornflower, also known as bachelor’s button is a flowering herb in the Asteraceae family. The herb is native to Europe and the Middle East and commonly thrived as a weed in cornfields, which explains how it got its name. The herb flowers throughout summer bringing forth large blue, white or pink flower heads with a ring of large florets surrounding a cluster of disc florets. Cornflower has been naturalized in many parts of the world including North America and Canada where it is now considered an ornamental plant. While the other varieties are great for cut flowers, only the blue flower type has medicinal value. Blue cornflower medicinal properties include: Continue reading [...]
Common daisy flower herbal remedies have been used for centuries to cure various ailments

Simple, Common but Powerful: Common Daisy Flower Herbal Remedies

Bellis perennis or common daisy, also known as garden daisy, bruisewort, and English daisy is a flowering plant native to western Asia and Europe, but now naturalized in many parts of the globe. It belongs to the aster family, can grow up to 7 inches in height and thrives in moist and nutritious soils. Daisy flowers have both male and female organs but rely on bees to pollinate them. They flower in May up to November and feature a yellow head surrounded by white petals. Continue reading [...]
Cooking with daylily flowers. These flowers are spectacular and very tasty

Tasty and Spectacular: Cooking With Daylily Flowers

Hemerocallis or day lily, also known as daylily is flowering plant cultivated mostly for its beautiful flowers. These plants commonly blossom between late spring and midsummer featuring delicate, trumpet-shaped flowers with colors ranging from yellow to orange. Daylilies flowers are not only spectacular but also edible and very tasty. When cooking with daylily flowers, it is always advisable to factor in their delicate nature to avoid losing their nutritive value and flavor. To enjoy their full goodness, you should eat the flowers the same day they are picked. Continue reading [...]
Medicinal properties of ammi majus are still recognized to date

Medicinal Properties of Ammi Majus

Ammi majus also known as ammi, bishop’s weed and Queen Anne’s lace is a herbaceous, flowering plant of the Apiaceae family. It thrives in subtropical regions and occurs naturally in the Mediterranean region including Iran and the Canary Islands. Some species occur in the United States, New Zealand and Australia. While the plant is primarily grown for use in floral arrangements, the medicinal properties of ammi majus has made it a favorite herb of many gardeners in various parts of the world. Continue reading [...]

Anise Hyssop Culinary Uses

Anise hyssop is a perennial herbaceous plant that is a member of the mint family. It is self-seeding and can also propagate by rhizomes. The herb has a scalloped edge, catnip-like leaves, and small lavender-blue flowers. It is often grown for medicinal, ornamental and culinary purposes. In Canada and America, natives were fond of eating anise hyssop as dessert while the Cheyenne used anise hyssop tea for managing colds and coughs. Continue reading [...]
Yarrow medicinal purposes have been known for generations

Yarrow Medicinal Purposes

Achillea millefolium, commonly known as yarrow, is a flowering herb in the Asteraceae family. It is native to North America, Asia, and Europe. Its blooms feature tiny disk flowers surrounded by 3-8 pink ray flowers, arranged in a flat-topped inflorescence. Traditionally, yarrow was used by various civilizations to treat wounds, fight infections and cure colds. Ancient records show that the herb was in use from as early as 60,000 BCE in Iraq. Yarrow medicinal purposes include: Continue reading [...]
There are benefits of eating sunflower petals

How To Eat Sunflower Petals and Buds

Sunflowers are said to have originated from Peru and Mexico. In the US, the seeds were used by American Indians for more than 5,000 years for snacking. The Indians also squeezed out the oil for baking bread and used the flowers for dyeing textiles. At this time, the Indians probably had no idea about the benefits of eating sunflower petals. Continue reading [...]
There are benefits of eating sunflower petals

Sunflower as a Medicinal Plant

Sunflowers, scientifically known as Helianthus, from the Greek word helios, meaning the “sun” and anthos meaning “flower,” is an annual plant, native to North America. Today, the plant is cultivated in many regions of the world due to its oil-producing capability. In addition, sunflowers petals medicinal uses have endeared the plant to various human civilizations since the beginning of time. Continue reading [...]
nasturtium flower recipes can be used for almost any dish

Pretty and Delicious: Nasturtium Flowers Recipes

Ever noticed orange, red or yellow flowers in your salad, drink or cake? Most likely, these brightly colored flowers were nasturtiums. Tropaeolum majus or nasturtium is commonly used by chefs to add color or create stunning plates of art. Today, many wedding cakes are decorated with nasturtium flowers as they add color and pomp to the event. In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about nasturtium flower recipes and how to turn the plant into a delicacy. Continue reading [...]

Pretty and Potent: Nasturtium Medicinal Uses

Tropaeolum majus also known as garden nasturtium, common nasturtium or just nasturtium is a flowering, herbaceous plant with trailing stems that can grow to 1 meter long. It has large, circular leaves with orange to red flowers featuring 3-5 petals. While it is native to South American, the medicinal value of nasturtium, coupled with the beauty of its flowers have made it a highly sought-after plant worldwide. Continue reading [...]
Medicinal allium flowers-allium flowers are not just beautiful but also medicinal

Medicinal Allium Flower Benefits

Humans have used various parts of the allium plant throughout time to treat a variety of conditions including deafness, parasitic infections, leprosy, and gastrointestinal problems. During historical epidemics such as influenza, typhus, and cholera, alliums were always summoned as the first line of defense. In ancient Egypt, alliums were so highly esteemed that pharaohs were buried with several bulbs believing that the round shape and rings symbolized eternity. While most people know that the leaves, bulbs, and stem of the plant are edible and medicinal, only a few understand that these benefits extend to the bloom. Medicinal allium flowers have the following benefits: Continue reading [...]
Medicinal allium flowers-allium flowers are not just beautiful but also medicinal

Can You Eat Allium Flowers?

Allium sativum commonly known as allium is a species in the onion genus and closely related to leek, onion, chive, and shallot. Allium is native in northeastern Iran and central Asia. Most people know that their leaves, stems, and bulbs are edible, but can you eat allium flowers? This article will address that question conclusively. Continue reading [...]
Jasmine natural remedies have been popular for ages

Natural Remedies using Jasmine Flowers

Jasmine (Jasminum officinale) also known as common jasmine is a climbing plant of the Oleaceae family. The plant blooms from June to September producing five or eight-cleft calyx, yellow to white flowers. Jasmine is said to have originated from the Himalayas of western China where it is fondly referred to as “Queen of the Flowers” due to its delicate and fragrant nature. In addition, the flower is revered for its healing and uplifting properties. Jasmine natural remedies are great for: Continue reading [...]
Borage flower culinary uses

Borage Flower Culinary Uses

Borage (Borago officinalis) commonly known as bugloss, and bee bread is an annual herb with deep blue flowers. It occurs naturally in the Mediterranean region and has been localized in many parts of the world. The herb which belongs to the Boraginaceae family is also known as starflower because of its five-petaled flowers that are star-shaped. Borage flower culinary uses and medicinal properties are part of the reasons why the herb has become a common feature in most gardens. Continue reading [...]

Health Benefits of Echinacea Flowers

Echinacea refers to a group of flowering herbs in the daisy family. The herbs have cone-shaped flowers and occur naturally in eastern and central North America where they thrive in open wooded or moist to dry prairies. For centuries before the advent of antibiotics, Echinacea flowers were held in high regard due to their medicinal properties. But as antibiotics gained ground, the health benefits of echinacea flowers were buried and almost forgotten in the new race for the miraculous pharmaceutical products. Continue reading [...]
lavender flowers with bread

Is Eating Lavender Flowers Safe?

Lavender flowers are known for their fragrance, beauty, and medicinal properties. But, is eating lavender flowers safe? Yes, lavender flowers are highly edible and commonly added to baked products and other recipes. Eating lavender flowers comes with many benefits including enhancing your intake of minerals, vitamins and getting rid of free radicals from your body. Continue reading [...]

Health Benefits of Lavender Flowers

Lavender, also known as Lavandula, is a genus of 46 flowering plants in the mint family. It is native to southern Europe, Asia, and Africa. For years lavender plants have been cultivated not only for their beautiful flowers but also for various uses including their fragrance and medicinal properties. A good example is how medieval people harnessed the health benefits of lavender flowers to treat anxiety, fresh wounds, and insomnia. Continue reading [...]

Can You Eat Rose Flowers?

Most people love the fragrance of rose flowers and their beauty but do not know that they can be used for much more than scent and beauty. So, can you eat rose flowers? The answer is a resounding, yes! Rose flowers are edible and can be used as a cooking ingredient or eaten raw. The flowers have been used for years in various parts of the world including the Middle East where a rose-flavored dish known as Turkish delight is popular in tea parties. Continue reading [...]

Are Rose Flowers Medicinal?

Roses are a perennial, woody, flowering plants belonging to the Rosa genus. They exist in cultivated and wild forms. The flowers have been cultivated for millions of years, mostly for ornamental and cultural purposes. But apart from their beauty, are rose flowers medicinal? Continue reading [...]

Honeysuckle Health Benefits and Uses

Honeysuckle or Lonicera is a common garden plant belonging to the Caprifoliaceae family. These plants are native to the Northern Hemisphere but thrive in many parts of the world under temperate conditions. They have sweet-smelling flowers and can be easily picked out in a garden due to their fragrant bloom. However, honeysuckles are not just sweet-smelling, ornamental flowers as they are also beneficial to your health. Here are honeysuckle health benefits and uses Continue reading [...]
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Edible Uses of Chamomile Flowers

Chamomile is a beautiful herb that adorns gardens with multiple, yellow, daisy-like flowers throughout the growing season. They can be eaten raw, dried, fried or steamed. Edible uses of chamomile flowers include Continue reading [...]
chamomile health benefits

Chamomile Health Benefits

Chamomile is a daisy-like flowering herb in the Asteraceae plant family. The name is derived from French and Latin word, “khamaimēlon”, meaning "earth apple". Its flowers have a floral, bittersweet flavor with honey-like tinges. For years, chamomile flowers have been used to cure various ailments as they contain essential oils concentrated in their flowering tops. Chamomile health benefits include Continue reading [...]

Pretty and delicious: how to eat carnations

Carnations, fondly known as the “flower of the gods”, are some of the world’s oldest cultivated and most respected flowers for ages. They are highly adaptable and thrive under partial shade or full sunlight in well-drained soils. They are tolerant of salty soil or air found along coastal regions and urban air pollution. Carnations are pretty but also edible. In this article, we will explore how to eat carnations. Continue reading [...]

Medicinal Carnation Properties You Never Knew About

Carnation or Dianthus caryophyllus, is a flowering plant in the Caryophyllaceae family native to Europe, and Asia but now cultivated in many regions of the world. Plants in this category are commonly referred to as carnations or pink family with more than 2000 species. In full bloom, carnations flowers have 5 petals ranging from pink, white to purple color. Presently, there are more than 300 varieties of carnations around the world. This plant has been cultivated for thousands of years for its fragrance, beauty, and medicinal benefits. Here, we will examine medicinal carnation properties. Continue reading [...]

Cosmetic and Medicinal Properties of Violet Flowers

Violets also referred to as sweet violets and botanically known as Viola odorata are beautiful, aromatic, purple flowers. They usually bloom during spring and make their presence known by giving off a wonderful scent. Violets are native to Asia, Europe, and North Africa but are now widely naturalized in many parts of the world including the US where most gardeners consider them as a weed. Unfortunately, most of these people do not know about the medicinal properties of violet flowers. Continue reading [...]

Are Hibiscus Flowers Edible? Good Enough to Eat and Drink

You have probably heard of hibiscus plants and can even pick out a hibiscus flower from other flowers in your garden. After all, these plants are quite common and bloom during summer which makes them a sight to behold with their large, showy flowers. But are hibiscus flowers edible? Continue reading [...]
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Hibiscus Flower Health Benefits

Hibiscus is a flowering plant in the mallow family. It is native to warm, tropical regions and thrives indoors or outdoors. The plant produces pink, yellow, white or red trumpet-shaped flowers with five or more petals. In this article, we will explore hibiscus flower health benefits.[Note: The Right Flowers is not a medical site. Knowledge of and information about the therapeutic benefits and applications of flowers, while known through the ages, does not constitute medical advice. If you are Continue reading [...]

Top Marigold Beneficial Properties You Should Know About

Marigold, also known as Calendula, is a biennial, aromatic flower native to the Mediterranean, North and South America. Its flowers range from bright yellow-orange to white. Normally, Marigolds have a pungent odor. Continue reading [...]

Edible Marigold: Dinner is Served

Marigold is a common annual flower that blossoms throughout summer and fall. It brings vibrancy and color to many homes and gardens for months. In some instances, it is planted in pots or around other herbs to repel pests. While Marigold flowers are great for ornamental purposes, they have much more to offer apart from their color and vibrancy as they are edible and highly nutritious. Continue reading [...]