Flowers to boost your health
Our five top health-boosting flowers help you feel bloomin’ marvellous.
These characteristic white daisy-like flowers might just be our best companions when we are in need of some relaxation. This plant is most widely enjoyed as a tea, to help calm the mind and relieve tension in the whole body.
The national symbol of England and arguably one of the sweetest smelling flowers to grace the flowerbed. Rose is a soothing flower for all the senses, on both a physical and emotional level, helping to relieve emotional tension. Try Pukka Herbs’ Womankind, Love, Mint Refresh.
Part of the daisy family, the purple-petalled echinacea plant supports and strengthens a weakened immune system. It's effective when we have become ‘run-down’ as a result of stress or over-work. The classic scenario is that an individual becomes ill as soon as they start to relax. Echinacea will support and gradually strengthen a weakened immune system.
Try Pukka Herbs’ Elderberry & Echinacea tea
Famous for its pungent smell when you brush past its bristles, lavender is a classic herb for cheering the heart, easing emotional pain and promoting relaxation within the nervous system, digestion and the mind.
And finally, although not a flower, we thought this ‘weed’ could do with a bit of good press…
Nettles, we see them in hedgerows and we pull them up from our gardens. However, despite this weed’s bad reputation, nettle is an incredibly nutritious plant, rich in vitamins A and C, but is also high in iron, magnesium, calcium, chromium, zinc, potassium, phosphorous and silicon.
Author: Marion Mackonochie
Senior Herbal Specialist
Marion is Senior Herbal Specialist at Pukka and a practising medical herbalist dedicated to furthering herbal knowledge and understanding. Degrees in pharmacology (UCL) and herbal medicine and a masters degree in plant chemistry and medicinal natural products (UCL) mean she is well placed to help plan Pukka’s extensive programme of herbal research, as well as advising across Pukka on herb benefits. She has worked on the Journal of Herbal Medicine since its launch in 2011 and is currently Associate Editor.
B.Sc qualified in herbal medicine (Middlesex Uni, 2009), M.Sc (mCPP) qualified in pharmacology & physiology (UCL, 2002), MSc medicinal natural products and phytochemistry (UCL, 2016)
Years of experience
12 years in medical herbalism
Member of College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy