Fresh flowers are one of the best ways to brighten up anyone's day. From a simple bouquet to an ornate, elaborate arrangement, fresh flowers have many benefits, from providing a mental health boost to boasting positive physical components. These benefits apply to a wide variety of fresh blooms and tend to work in just a short period of time.
According to an April 2005 Rutgers University study, flowers bring about positive, happy emotions and a general sense of well-being about life. These feelings extend beyond what most people normally deem as an acceptable reaction to the presence of flowers. Study participants reported feeling "excited" upon receiving a delivery of fresh flowers, and had displays of immense satisfaction. The study also reported that among study participants, flower recipients had an increased number of intimate connections with family members and friends. It concluded that flowers enhance an individual's emotional well-being and spurs an increase in happiness.
Flowers have healing properties. For example, roses are used extensively in the alternative medicine area for their ability to ease digestive issues and promote healing in the liver. Infusions made using the dandelion flower can help to treat anemia and jaundice. It also has blood-purifying properties. The marigold flower has antiseptic properties, making it good for helping cuts to heal. It also contains antifungal components. The valerian flower provides migraine and tension headache relief and helps to cure insomnia. It also calms anxiety sufferers. Sunflowers are used to treat ulcers, and infusions may also help to ease the pain of menstrual cramping. Sunflower infusions are also used in alternative medicine to provide sore throat relief and treat canker sores.
Mental Health Benefits
Fresh flowers also have an impact on your mental health. According to the Harvard University Home Ecology of Flowers Study, individuals have lower levels of anxiety and depression upon viewing fresh flowers, particularly in the morning. The study further shows that those women who keep fresh flowers in their homes regularly feel happier and much less anxious. Even if they women just viewed a bouquet of fresh flowers in the morning, the study reports, they had an increased level of energy throughout the day.