Those who gleefully chanted the words “flower power!” during the 1960s were actually on to something. Flowers DO have power.
1. Flowers can help heal.
While plants and flowers aren’t a direct cure for disease or illness, during dry winter months especially – when the lack of humidity can contribute to infection – flowers add moisture to the air, and this moisture helps with dry skin, dry throat and dry cough: all factors that contribute to seasonal illness.
2. Flowers can improve mood.
At the most basic level, connecting with someone by receiving flowers can help lift a mood because it means someone cares, and that is always impactful. Even if the flowers are bought and enjoyed by the same person, they can help improve mood because they look beautiful and smell fresh – two factors that are proven to provide an emotional boost. An improved mood can lead to improved health, and people who are in a good mood are more likely to bounce back from an injury or illness faster.
3. Flowers improve memory.
Can this be true? Science says it can! Flowers oxygenate the air, and this freshly oxygenated air can boost give a boost to our brain cells, which improves memory, clarity and concentration. Think of flowers as superfood for the brain cells!
4. Flowers aid relaxation.
The act of tending to flowers can be relaxing, and can specifically be a healthy way to work through stress or frustration. Also, the fresh 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?) Though we may not understand the science behind it, it’s tough to deny that botanicals aid in relaxation.
5. Flowers increase energy.
Having fresh flowers around the home or office is linked to an increase in positive energy. Their colour and scent, specifically, can boost energy. Additionally, flowers are proven to increase creativity (they’re linked to an increase in positive energy). Place flowers in your creative space or any place where a mental boost would be helpful. Sit by an arrangement of flowers when reading or doing puzzles or brain exercises. Enjoy the view and benefits of increased mental energy.