Historically, plants and flowers have been used by herbalists, midwives, shamen and physicians for a variety of purposes that served human health. After all, it’s not like they had doctors and pharmacies like we do, so they had to find medicine from the world around them. Some of these remedies were pure superstition (when was the last time you found any werewolves to test wolfsbane on?). Others have been tested by science and passed, or even revealed something new about themselves under the microscope.
Many of our modern medicines rely on this knowledge. The wisdom of the ancients was not mere superstition but observation of positive effects plants have on our health. These plants and their properties have influenced the composition of our modern medicines, either providing their essence directly, or providing a blueprint for new medicines to be created.
However, nature has provided more than just medicine through plants. Many plants are edible and provide high concentrations of nutrients vital to maintaining a healthy body, such as vitamin C. A lot of plants also help keep the body hydrated and the skin moisturized. Some plants even act as a natural air filter against mold, pollen and dust!
Arguably the best quality of plants and flowers is their effect on our mood. Just seeing nature in a picture can elevate your mood and productivity, but having the real thing around can also decrease levels of stress and improve concentration. Scientists aren’t sure if this is the plants themselves or a product of plant functions, such as air purification or caring for the plant, but people seem to be happier with plants around!
Want to know which plants can help your health? This infographic is a handy guide that can give you all sorts of inspiration on which are the best plants to have in your home and on your property for a variety of wellness-related purposes. Check it out and start using the power of nature to stay healthy!