It’s no secret that receiving flowers is something special. In fact, a full 92% of women remember the last time they were given flowers as a gift. But did you know that flowers can do a whole lot more than just sit on a shelf and look pretty?
That’s right — flowers can be used for anything from perfume to potpourri. They’re also great when used in your health beauty routines as well! While these claims here are by no means medical statements, here are some interesting things you can use flowers for that you may never have considered.
Get rid of bloating
Dandelion tea is a diuretic, so it is a great drink to sip on if you’re experiencing a bit of extra bloat. Just remember to supplement with a glass of water or two because you can easily become dehydrated by drinking too much.
There’s a good amount of fatty acids and antioxidants in dandelion, so stocking up on some dandelion oil to apply to scrapes and bruises is a good idea.
A natural deodorant
Rosemary will naturally get rid of odorous smells, so applying it with some apple cider vinegar will give you a chemical free deodorant. All you need to do is dab it on with a cotton ball.
The same scent-zapping idea goes for mouthwash. Boil dried rosemary leaves in water for about 30 minutes, strain, and refrigerate. You’ll have a natural mouthwash that tastes good.
A shoe polish
Known as the “shoe flower” in many Asian cultures, the hibiscus produces a really beautiful oil that can bring a shine to your shoes in no time.
A hair conditioner
This same natural emollient helps to retain moisture and help bring dry and damaged hair back to life. You can do this by adding a couple drops to your conditioner to use every day or slather it on as a leave in treatment.
In a random, but controlled, trial, massaging premature infants with sunflower seed oil three times a day resulted in a 41% reduction in sepsis.
Sunflower seeds have a copious amount of vitamin E in them, which is known to have incredibly hydrating properties. Adding it into your moisturizer is an easy way to get a hydration boost in the cold weather.
Lavender has some anti-bacterial properties, so it is great for fighting off breakouts. You can also use it to tone down and soothe any redness in the skin caused by pimples.
This flower also is deep cleaning, meaning it can really dig deep into your pores. Making a facemask with either dried lavender or lavender oil will purify, clean, and hydrate your skin.
So go see what you have in your garden, and get creative. Your beauty routine will thank you for it!