By Z. K
Tue, 02, 20

Author Hans Christian Anderson once said, “Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.”


It has been scientifically proved that aside from being pretty, flowers have many benefits for a person’s overall health and well-being. Flowers not only have the power of cheering us up when we are feeling down, but they also have many other properties such as helping us get a proper night of sleep, boosting our creativity, increasing our productivity, making our tolerance to pain higher, boosting our health, and even improving our attention span. Not only that, the presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behaviour in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed. The sweet fragrance of flowers relaxes the stressed nerves, lowers heart rate, and rejuvenates the mood, all of which helps in keeping the body and mind in a state of balance.

Lower stress levels: It’s commonly known that the colour green can help reduce stress levels, a big positive of indoor potted plants, but adding a boost of natural colour with flowers can also promote stronger emotions of well being and happiness since we associate them with positive life events. Also, the scent of flowers is known to aid relaxation, thus sachets and bath products are often floral. Even a fresh sprig of rosemary may help with headaches and tension.

Help you to sleep: Generally, flowers are soothing, a sense that comes along with healing and relaxation. Flowers can be used by people suffering from insomnia to induce sleep. Lavender has long been believed to be a great, natural aid to sleep. The smell of lavender is proven to lower your heart rate and blood pressure, which will help you to relax. The more relaxed you are, the more likely you are to drift off into a restful sleep.

Flowers improve memory: Because flowers are so fragrant and the smells are so strongly linked with memories, flowers have the potential to activate and therefore exercise the parts of your brain associated with memory. Plants and flowers oxygenate the air, boosting brain cells, which improves memory, clarity and concentration.

Enhance productivity: Keeping fresh flowers that are in your favourite hues are a great way to feel happier and more at ease, allowing you to tackle problems more efficiently. They make us more productive, and this is the reason you will find flowers and indoor plants in many offices. They stimulate the brain, killing the boredom that may come with spending a whole day in one office or environment. If you are looking to work harder and better this year, adding bright colours to your office could be a great way to get you started.

Mood booster: Receiving flowers, whether they are sent from another person or you bought them for yourself, can give you an immediate mood boost. A bouquet of flowers is a sign that someone cares for you. Bright coloured flowers like yellow and orange represent happiness and joy. Every time you feel a ripple of stress, stroll in the garden brimful of bright-coloured flowers, and in no time, you will find yourself smiling.

Flowers support in recovery process: There is a reason people give flowers as gifts to patients in the hospital; yes, it’s a nice thing to do, but it may also help a patient heal faster. And an improved mood often leads to improved health. People who are in a good mood are more likely to bounce back from an injury or illness faster. Studies have shown that hospital patients who looked at plants or had them in their rooms often had lowered blood pressure and lower feelings of pain and anxiety.

Flowers are therapeutic: Flowers are not just a thing of beauty. They are a blossoming house of therapeutic effects. The act of gardening, nurturing flowers, or witnessing them bloom beautifully is scientifically proven to be therapeutic. Flowers provide psychological healing. People suffering from anxiety or mental stress can get relief for their condition using flower therapy. A simple walk through a park or a flower garden after a busy and stressful day can be more effective than taking an anxiety relief pill.

Flowers purify the air: Flowers, just like any other plant in the flora kingdom, play an essential role in detoxifying the air we breathe. Pollution in the atmosphere resulting from activities of manhood may impact our health negatively. Fortunately, Mother Nature has its own systems of bringing balance to the ecology. Indoor flowers absorb the toxic gases released into the environment by some of the products we use in our homes. When we breathe clean air, we are less likely to suffer from infections of the respiratory system, and there are fewer incidences of congestion of the nasal passages, coughs, and dryness of the skin.

Flowers are good for the skin: They are a natural way of attaining a radiant, healthy skin. When you keep flowers in your home or office, they release moisture to the environment. The moisture protects your skin from excessive dryness. Lavender is a perfect remedy to dryness of the skin; it releases a lot of moisture to the environment that is needed for the excellent health of your skin.

Flowers can help heal the common cold: During winter months especially - when the lack of humidity breeds infection - flowers add moisture to the air. This moisture helps with dry skin, dry throat and dry cough: all factors that contribute to seasonal illness. This additional moisture contributed by plants and flowers helps prevent, or at least shortens, the life of the common cold and helps people return to good health.