Edible Flowers For Health
Once upon a time when I was traveling by train I happened to see a lady eating the petals of an Indian rose. I was too small to understand things on my own so I pestered daddy dear and asked him whether we can eat a rose. He said, yes you can eat the petals of an Indian rose. I was left wondering why that lady was munching on the rose. Very recently, I came to know that flowers have their own health benefits and here I am to share that with you!
Edible Flowers For Health
This flower enjoys a divine status. It is a sign of prosperity, purity and peace. All parts of this flower are edible namely its petals, flowers, flower stamens, seeds, and stems. I really relish the lotus stem sabji!!
Now, the health benefits are as follows:
- Being an antioxidant it reduces the damaging free radicals in the body.
- It protects the liver.
- Manages fever.
- Helps cure sunstroke.
- Provides relief from insomnia.
- Helps treating urinary problems.
- Manages diarrhea and dysentery.
- Effective in treating cough and cold.
Dandelion is called Dudhi in Hindi. The flower is rich in vitamins such as vitamins A, B complex, C and D and minerals such as potassium, calcium, zinc, and iron.
Now which of the parts of dandelions are useful/edible? It is known that the flowers are used to make Dandelion wine, honey syrups, and jams, while its leaves and roots serve as a diuretic, and a blood purifier.
People from all around the world use Dandelion to treat various ailments be it us Indians, Chinese or the Europeans.
The flower is used traditionally by the Europeans for the treatment of
- eye diseases,
- liver problems,
- skin diseases.
Coming to the Indians and Chinese, they have used this flower in the treatment of :
- liver and digestive ailments
- Inflammations of the appendix, bile duct and gallstones.
Generally, Dandelions have been as a digestive aid as it stimulates the salivary and gastric juices.
The world’s most loved flower, the rose is found in different hues and colours. Every variety has its own distinctive medicinal and biochemical properties.
How does rose promote and maintain good health?
Rose hips (the swollen bases of the flower that develop into seed pod) contain vitamin C, malic and citric acids, antioxidants and phytochemicals. They are used in the management of:
- Constipation and indigestion
- Fever, cold and flu
- Urinary trouble
- Bladder stones
Rose petals are a rich source of vitamin A, B3, C, D, E, volatile oils, tannic acid, malic acid, pectin and antioxidants. They are known to
- eliminate stress and headaches
- Treat depression, insomnia and other nervous disorders
You would have heard of Gulkand, which is an ayurvedic tonic. It is prepared from the rose petals and is used to treat disorders varying from fatigue to intestinal worms to hyperacidity.
Rose is also known to be used as the following:
- blood purifier,
- laxative (increases bowel movements)
- diuretic (promotes urine production)
- an anti-infective agent for the digestive system and the respiratory system.
- Regulatory aid for infertility and menstrual problems.So apart from being a beautiful flower it is also wonderful medicine.
Saffron is in whenever there is an auspicious function in India. Kesar, as it is known in Hindi is a very loved ingredient in cooking too (kesar badam kulfi anyone?). It is basically the female reproductive part of the flower that is used. In spite of being pretty expensive it is used a lot in our households. Saffron has many antioxidant and medicinal properties too. It is rich in minerals such as potassium, calcium, iron, selenium, copper, manganese, zinc and magnesium, as well as vitamin A, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, and vitamin C. Wow!!!
It is an antioxidant, antiseptic, antidepressant, digestive, carminative(prevents formation of gas in the digestive tract), anti-convulsant and anti-carcinogenic (cancer preventing) agent.
So that is it guys. This was a list of a few edible flowers. But I would add a word of caution. There are many other flowers or parts of the plant, which are inedible or even poisonous. Therefore, extreme caution and expert opinion is strongly recommended before you decide to consume them.
Which one will you try from this list of Edible Flowers For Health?
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