Nature has its ornaments to make it beautiful and worth watching, and these ornaments are embedded with gems called flowers. The history of flowers on the planet starts long before humans lived. Flowers announce spring and attract honeybees and also been used in medicine and eaten for food. They have become part of culture rituals, held by brides during weddings and found in gravesites. Flowering plants abruptly appeared during the Cretaceous period, over 100 million years ago when dinosaurs roamed. Just as people love the scent and colour of flowers, animals and insects do too. Flowers having both male and female reproductive parts are called “perfect”. Flowers having one or the other are called “imperfect” or “unisexual”. A plant might have some flowers with male reproductive parts called stamens and other flowers with female parts, which are called carpels. A plant having both male and female flowers is “monoecious”. A plant having only one kind of flower, either male or female, is “dioecious”. Throughout history, flowers have been used as religious, cultural and national symbols. Lotuses top columns in ancient Egyptian architecture, while the lotus is religiously significant to Hindus.
Historical facts of flowers
There are many interesting historical facts associated with flowers, from various cultures around the world. Flowers have been cultivated in China for over 2,700 years. Even the ancient Romans cultivated roses, according to the writings of Pliny the Elder, who lived during the first century AD. More modern history sheds light on the value and importance of flowers. After tulips were introduced to Holland from the Ottoman Empire around 1600, they became wildly popular, with the prices rocketing. Bulbs became so expensive that some specimens could fetch many times the annual income of a craftsman.
Nature has given us a variety of things like flowers fruits and more, that make us happy and pleasant. Flowers are one of the most beautiful things of nature. Some use flowers are for worshiping God and some use flowers for decorating themselves. Apart from the traditional uses, flowers have medicinal uses too. Here are 11 of them.
1. BegoniaUse the infusion made with Begonia flowers for eliminating toxins from the body. The infusion helps in promoting blood circulation. Rub the flower on burns, pains and toxic sores.
2. CalendulaUse the essence of Calendula for relieving from menstruation pain, sore throats and tonsillitis. Apply it on cancer sores and wounds for quick healing
3. California PoppyIt treats insomnia, nervous tension and anxiety. It relieves from menstrual cramps and pain.
4. ChrysanthemumThe drink made with this flower cures cold and fevers. Apply the drink with a cotton ball over the eyes for relieving the inflammations. The drink relieves from headaches and hypertensions.
5. Corn flowerRub the essence over the eyes for relieving conjunctivitis and strain. Use the stem facial of this flower for facial skin eruptions and acne.
6. DandelionThe infusion made with dandelion treats anemia, jaundice and nervousness. It also purifies the blood.
7. Honey SuckleGargling with the essence of this flower relieves sore throat. It is also effective for all inflammatory conditions. The blossoms are rich in antiviral and antibacterial properties. The leaves and stems of this flower are useful for arthritis.
8. HyssopGargling with the essence of this flower relieves sore throat and reduces inflammation. It relieves from cold and flu. Rubbing with the essence on cuts and bruises heals them.
9. NasturtiumThe infusion of this flower cures cold, influenza. It fights against reproductive and urinary tract infections and respiratory infections.
10. Plum FlowerThis flower is useful in curing cough and diarrhea. The smoke of this fruit is effective against parasites. It is helpful in stopping ulcers.
11. RafflesiaRafflesia is one of the world’s smelliest flower, with an odor like rotting flesh. Which attracts flies which pollinate the plant. This flower measures almost 3.3 ft. (1m) across and weighs 24 lb (11kg).
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