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FLOWERS DON'T TELL, THEY SHOW
How often have you planted a flower because it was beneficial, let's be real. How frequently have you walked into a greenhouse filled with beautiful flowers and thought, "Well, I'll bet that one over there would be a useful addition to our yard?" Likely never.
Flowers are nearly usually purchased with emotion in mind, let's face it.
We might go to the greenhouse with the express purpose of purchasing flowers, but we pick the ones we find lovely. Hey, look at that purple colour, we say to ourselves. The pansies have what seems to star on them. The best! And they are added to our purchasing basket.
There is nothing wrong with choosing flowers this way, provided you can provide them with the right soil and sunlight.
There is, however, absolutely no reason why the lovely flowers you add to your home's landscaping can't serve two purposes. Several beautiful flowers also have practical purposes.
Of course, you should always speak with a medical practitioner before ingesting a plant for therapeutic purposes. We are only pointing out the therapeutic properties of specific plants for amusement and educational purposes. Before utilising plants to cure a medical ailment, kindly conduct your research. With getting that out of the way, let's take a look at some flowers that work hard and are more than just attractive faces.
You might be shocked to discover that anise hyssop is a fake. Indeed, it is neither hyssop nor anise. In actuality, it belongs to the mint family. Even now, it has a delightful liquorice flavour and aroma, which makes this exquisite blossom ideal for baking and cooking. The anise, chervil, tarragon, and fennel leaves and seeds can be saved and used for the real ingredients.
Anise hyssop tea has been made by several Native American tribes to combat depression. Anise hyssop tea also eases coldrelated chest congestion.
If you grow these attractive blooms, which resemble a daisy with poor hair day, you'll please a lot of pollinators. The local mosquito population won't be happy, though. Mosquitoes don't like the strong aroma of bee balm, which is similar to the bergamot orange (thus the term "bergamot" for bee balm). If you prefer spending time outdoors, think about planting bee balm nearby to help ward off those bothersome skeeters.
But, this persistent bloom doesn't end there. The blooms and leaves are edible. To add colour to salads, add the petals. You may also use bee balm leaves for the traditional Earl Grey in a cup of black tea. The medical herb bee balm is used to treat sickness, and menstrual cramps, and even to promote sleep.
The cheerful calendula, often known as pot marigold, has flowers that range in colour from light orange to dark brick red. And you should plant calendula if you enjoy using natural cosmetics. The flower is extremely nutritious and friendly to your skin, which is why it is used in a variety of tonics, toners, moisturisers, and salves. Calendula has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to heal wounds and calm inflamed skin.
It is simple to see why German chamomile is the most often used kind for chamomile cultivation. It produces a profusion of vivid, white blossoms with an apple fragrance that may be utilised in a variety of ways.
You're undoubtedly well aware of the tea's calming properties. But chamomile may also lessen period discomfort, and it's an excellent element for skincare because it's both anti-inflammatory and antifungal. This fragrant flower may be found in the garden, where it repels deer and even moth caterpillars.
It may be time to get down and dirty and take care of business with daffodils if you have a problem with the taller four-legged pests creeping into your yard. Deer avoid daffodils because they are harmful to them (and to humans, so don't go eating them). To deter deer from entering your vegetable patch, think about planting these lovely springtime staples along the perimeter. A strong line of defence has never been more attractive.