When visiting sick friends, our first gift that comes to mind is flowers. Besides the sweet smell and pretty to look at, the heartwarming gesture of sending flowers actually have serious effects on our health.
According to a study by the American Society of Horticulture Science evaluating therapeutic influences on surgical patients, the findings are quite shocking. They conducted a study by splitting 90 patients into two different rooms—one with plants and one without.
Sending flowers to patients is actually good for their health.
Surprisingly, those with some kind of foliage in their room had different results than those who had not. The study found out that those exposed to flowers had lower blood pressure and heart rate, lower ratings of pain, anxiety, and fatigue. They also have more positive feelings and higher satisfaction about their rooms than those without.
Hence, the research suggested that flowers should actually be some kind of ‘complementary medicine’ for recovering patients. The result of that study was actually in line with another study published in Complementary Therapies In Medicine.
The scent of flowers is proven to have a good effect on human health.
Their study on flowers suggests that bouquets of flowers can actually also make us feel less stressed out. The study gave college-aged women a fresh vase of roses for their dorm rooms and the results include them feeling more relaxed and stress-free than before.
Here are some flowers and herb plant that can effectively help to treat stress and anxiety:
Researchers found that the smell of jasmine is good as valium (a tranquilizing muscle-relaxant drug used to relieve anxiety), sedatives, sleeping pills and relaxants at calming the nerves with none of the side effects. German researchers have found that filling the cages of mice with the fragrance dramatically calms the animals.
Brain scans also revealed that inhaling jasmine scent boosts the effects of a chemical called GABA on nerve cells, relieving anxiety and promoting rest.
In one German study, a specially formulated lavender pill was shown to reduce anxiety symptoms in people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) as effectively as lorazepam, an anti-anxiety medication.
Research also shows that lavender scent lowers heart rate and blood pressure, reduces irritability and anxiety, and promotes relaxation and a sense of calm.
Not only flowers, herbs have also been used since the Middle Ages to reduce stress and anxiety. This aromatic herb can also help with sleep. Some research suggests that taking lemon balm extract can increase calmness and awareness in adults during a stress test.
Another research suggests that larger lemon balm doses can also reduce anxious behavior in children.
Other than being pretty, now we have another good reason to send flowers to someone we know.