Flowers are a beautiful part of nature. They brighten up our space and beautify the environment. We send flowers for a multitude of reasons – mothers’ day, birthdays, anniversaries and the list goes on. But how often do we buy flowers for ourselves and our personal spaces?
For those who do not believe in splurging on flowers for themselves, here are 5 reasons why they are good for health.
- Flowers can be a memory aid
Apart from reminding you that you may need to send flowers to someone for their birthday, flowers can oxygenate the air thereby boosting brain cells, which in turn improves memory, clarity and concentration. Think of flowers as superfood for the brain cells!
2. As an energy booster
Having fresh flowers around the home or office is linked to an increase in positive energy. The colours and scents, specifically, boost energy. Additionally, flowers and plants are proven to increase creativity. Placing flowers in a crafting space or any place where a mental boost would be helpful. Sit by a vase of flowers when reading or doing puzzles or brain exercises. Enjoy the view and benefits of increased mental energy.
3. For relaxation
The sight of beauty, and colour can alleviate stress or frustration. Also, the scent of flowers is known to aid relaxation, thus sachets and bath products are often floral. (Who doesn’t love a lavender-scented bath or candle?) Consider how often people visit a garden to relax. Though we may not understand the science behind it, it’s tough to deny that gardens aid in relaxation.
4. Improving relationships
Research has found that being around flowers increases the level of compassion that they feel for others and are more willing to extend a helping hand to those in need. As such, they tend to enjoy better relationships with others.
5. Physical healing
One study of 90 patients recovering from a hemorrhoidectomy in a hospital found that patients who were placed in rooms containing flowers “had significantly more positive physiologic responses evidenced by lower systolic blood pressure, and lower ratings of pain, anxiety, and fatigue than patients in the control room.”