Five herbs found in florals that will restore your sanity and the glow on your face

This is undeniably a hard time for many of us, and drastic change in lifestyle can come with stress and hormonal imbalance. According to traditional Chinese medicine, excessive emotions or stress produces stagnations in different parts of the body causing vital energy—known as qi—and blood to not flow properly. If left unaddressed, these blockages, like short-circuits, will turn into visible inflammation and eventually lead to ailments and premature ageing. 

While it is almost impossible for us sentient beings to not feel, mother nature has given us herbs that will appease our internal turmoils and boost our health and beauty simultaneously. With consultation from a Chinese medicine professional, here's a list of five flowers, commonly consumed as teas, that have mood and complexion enhancing qualities.    

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1. Rose

This cliché flower is much more than a token of romantic love. The rose has been used in folk medicine since antiquity to dispel melancholia and beautify the skin. Rosa rugosa works by regulating and smoothen the qi circulation. Effectively relieving accumulated stress and toxic heat, the flower is also used for menstrual pain and symptoms. Seep a few buds into hot water and enjoy its magical nerve-calming effect, or use the tea as an astringent skin toner to calm irritations.

2. White Chrysanthemum

The Tribute Chrysanthemum, a pure white blooming, was proffered to ancient emperors as a symbol of longevity. For millennials, this plant has been used to treat colds and eye ailments, and modern medicine suspects its anti-HIV properties. White chrysanthemum has a slightly bitter taste than its yellow counterpart, with a cooling effect from its borneol and camphor content. Fortifying the lungs against viral infections, the medicinal flower cools the skin and calms the nerves. Drink the tea or use the decoction on the skin to calm redness and eczema or fade melasma. 

3. Forsythiae Fructus

Forsythiae Fructus, or known in Chinese medicine as Lian Qiao, is the fruit of the yellow-flowered Forsythia suspensa plant. Traditionally used to clear heat, specifically around the chest area, and expel external forces harming the body,  modern scientists have confirmed the herb's hepatoprotective, neuroprotective and cardiovascular properties. The decoction of the dried fruit gives a slight tingling sensation and is very effective in treating physical symptoms like boils, burns, high fever and psychological ones such as irritability, anxiety, depression and insomnia. Like many other kinds of herbs, the tea can be ingested or applied to appease skin irritations. 

4. Saffron & Safflower

Saffron, or Crocus sativus, and safflower, or Carthamus tinctorium, are two very different plants, but when it comes to traditional Chinese medicine, their properties are very similar. The fiery red petals nourish the heart and bolster the circulatory system by clearing vessel obstructions and blood stasis. As traditional Chinese medicine sees melancholia as the symptom of stagnant blood and energy, both saffron and safflower can be used to restore the healthy flow of qi. While the two improve the quality of blood, the more expensive variation, saffron, is used to treat the depressive disorder. Both herbs are also widely used to promote menstruation and restore glowing complexion, however, due to their purging property, both ingredients are strictly prohibited during pregnancy.

5. Sacred Lotus

The Sacred Lotus, or Nelumbo nucifera, has been long deemed a spiritual symbol in many cultures. Buddhism compares the blooming of the aquatic plant to enlightenment, while Hindu deities are often seen seated on or holding a lotus flower. In terms of its medicinal properties, every part of the plant can be used for a purpose. The blossom is most often used for its calming property. Drink the tea made from the petal and the pollen of the lotus to cool down physically and mentally. Nourishing the nervous system, the lotus flower also cure fatigue and insomnia and calms anxiety. The nutrients from the plant are also scientifically proven to refine the appearance of hair and skin.

Disclaimer: The herbs listed above are safe for unprescribed usage in general terms. However some herbs may contradict with your medical prescription, please consult with your physician if you are on medication or are pregnant.  

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