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Aisha Hamad AlMidfa
Flowers are usually known to everyone in the form of floral perfumes, but that does not highlight the purity of the flower. Also, flowers are simply recognised just as decorative pieces. However, the simplest way flowers can be beneficial is in their original form.
Additionally, the mere effort of gardening itself is a relaxing hobby, and many find doing garden work to be their favourite past time.
The top four flowers that can provide benefits to many are: hibiscus, lavender, jasmine, and chamomile. I hope there will be a profound appreciation for flowers versatility in the following context.
The Hibiscus flower is not unknown in the UAE as it usually grows in tropical and subtropical climates, including the Middle East. A popular drink that incorporates hibiscus in the Middle East is called “Karkade”. The flower can be eaten straight from the plant; however, it is usually used for tea, relishes, jam, or salads. It is known to help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Hibiscus tea is caffeine-free and is an excellent source of antioxidants.
Lavender is infamously known to have a relaxing and calming effect. It is most known in the form of an essential oil, but also in the form of lavender water. It can help soothe skin concerns such as acne, dry skin, and wrinkles. Lavender oil can help relieve insect bites and can act an insect repellent.
The jasmine flower is also known as the “Queen of the Flowers”. Gardeners especially value jasmine flowers for its intense fragrance in the summer. Jasmine tea has high levels of inflammatory and antioxidant properties that boost the immune system and protect against the common cold. Also, in tea form, it is helpful in the treatment of stress and in general tense nerves, which helps in promoting better sleep.
Lastly, one of my favourites is the chamomile flower, with its abundant benefits. It is rich in both health and skin benefits. Chamomile tea contains anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antispasmodic properties. A hot cup of chamomile tea tends to ease a sore throat, cough, and nasal congestion. Due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, it can potentially heal skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Chamomile tea is a soothing relaxant which makes it a perfect fit before sleeping. The additional benefits cover muscle spasms, menstrual pain, stomachache, acne scars, wrinkles, sunburn, dandruff, and under-eye dark circles.
Aisha is an intern with Gulf Today. She covers the Emirati community, culture, and food.
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