I was briefly interviewed last month by Jane de Graaff from Broadsheet about medicinal benefits of flowers as food. The short chat on the phone with Jane really got me thinking about my favourite flowering medicinal herbs.
I have a deep affection for lavender. The scent of the tiny purple flower is somewhere between an industrial antiseptic and a pleasant floral perfume. That first note makes it a difficult medicine for some to drink and along with valerian (like lavender also a herb that can help you sleep) is the most polarising herbal flavour I’ve ever dispensed. People either love or hate it, rarely is anyone ambivalent about the taste. Fortunately you can gain the relaxing benefits of lavender just smelling it. A strong pot of lavender tea added to a bath or foot bath can help you forget the woes of the day.
Many of the herbal tea blends I make have the deep yellow petals of the common marigold (calendula). There’s a little beta carotene to help strengthen mucus membrane, the flower is also soothing and a bit astringent. It is anti-inflammatory inside and out and an infusion of marigolds makes a great wash for acne.
Do you have any flowers you love to eat or drink?
Read the online article “Not Just Decoration: Flowers as Food”