19 June 2009

Flower Power

Can flowers help lower blood pressure?

Our thorough research has picked up the following information about the effects that various types of flowers can have on blood pressure.

As well as the obvious delight that being given flowers brings there appears to be other benefits to be had from our petaled friends.

Colour of flowers.

The colours around you can have health effects:
  1. Red Flowers: Raises your body temperature and blood pressure, Increases your appetite.
  2. BlueFlowers: Decreases blood pressure and heart beat
The smell of flowers - not just strong smelling flowers and herbs, such as mint, lavender, basil or jasmins are famous for their wonderful fragrances. Less potent flowers with only subtle aromatic substances or slightly fragrant flowers help you to relax so being in a flower garden gives you a feeling of relief , reduced stress and general well-being and happiness.

Specific flower products on sale for health benefits

Evening Primrose Oil

There have been many claims of blind studies that have shown that fish oil and / or flaxseed oil are effective in helping with hypertension. Another study, which combined evening primrose oil and fish oil supplements, showed a significant lowering of blood pressure.

If you have high blood pressure and you want to treat it naturally, then evening primrose oil is an addition to your prescribed medicine, lifestyle changes and any other daily supplements you may be taking.

Hibiscus flowers

You will have read that hibiscus flower extract may have some cardiovascular health benefits.

Hibiscus forms the basis of a traditional Eastern remedy and researchers suggest an extract from the flower could have the same health benefits for the heart as red wine and tea

American doctors recognized the herb's medicinal properties and began using it to treat circulatory disorders and respiratory illnesses. Considered a "cardiotonic" herb or heart tonic, the flowers and berries of the hawthorn plant were used in traditional medicine to treat irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, chest pain, hardening of the arteries, and heart failure. Hawthorn is commonly used to strengthen the heart.

Sevent (not twelfty)

Perhaps the most dubious flower treatmant on the market is lucky 7 or Seven (Sevent)

This flower extract is a Supplement that contains a proprietary blend of Chrysanthemum flowers, Honeysuckle flowers, Sophora Japonica flowers, Brunella flowers, Nodo Ginseng flowers, Water Fairy flowers, and Black Moss flowers.