Besides being eaten, these 20 flowers are good for body health
Windowofworld.com – There is something unique about the health trend in 2018. Usually the type of vegetation that is consumed is only limited to leaves and fruits. It turns out that the flowers that we usually use as decoration have great benefits for our health.
Eating edible flowers or edible flowers has been done for a long time, both in Indonesia and other countries. Like eating jasmine and roses, which the late senior actress Suzzanna used to do or chrysanthemums, which are commonly used as tea in China.
Apart from these flowers, there are still many types of edible flowers that you can consume to support a healthy lifestyle. The following Popmama.com reviews the list of these flowers with various benefits for the body.
Rose flowers have long been used in the treatment of beauty and health. The phenolic content in roses functions as anti-inflammatory, rich in vitamins, and can reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Usually, rose petals are dried and then made into tea or sweets. In addition, rose water, which is made from essential oil from rose petals, is also used as an ingredient in dessert recipes such as baklava in the Ottomans.
2. Jasmine flowers
Flowers commonly used in traditional weddings are rich in substances that nourish the body, such as indole, linalcohol, benzilic acetate, benzilic alcohol and jasmon.
The benefits that you can get from consuming jasmine flowers are not only in terms of beauty such as reducing acne, but can also reduce inflammation in the intestines, kidneys, lower cholesterol, balance blood sugar, as a detoxification and lose weight.
Jasmine flowers are consumed by brewing them like tea.
3. Kecombrang flowers
This flower, also known as honje, kincung, kantan or sambuang, is rich in beneficial substances such as saponins, phenolics, flavonoids, alkaloids, tannins, triterpenoids, glycose, steroids, polyphenols, antimicrobials, vitamins, minerals and rich in antioxidants.
Kecombrang flowers are useful for treating skin diseases, smoothing breast milk, cleaning blood, eliminating bad odors, strengthening bones and teeth, improving brain function, preventing dehydration, and treating wounds.
In Indonesia, kecombrang flowers are often used as a complement to dishes such as laksa medan and curry.
4. Turi flowers
In Indonesia, to be precise in several areas on the island of Java, turi flowers are commonly used as a dish, such as fresh vegetables and a complement to pecel.
Turi flowers contain complete nutrition, namely carbohydrates, protein, fat, several types of minerals (potassium, phosphorus, iron, and calcium), and vitamins (vitamins B1, B2, B6, C, and beta carotene).
The benefits for body health include; treat thrush (boiled water of turi flowers for kumu-gargle), treat night blindness, treat dysentery, launch breast milk, overcome fever, headaches, coughs and colds.
5. Rosella flowers
There are two types of rosella flowers, red and purple and originating from Africa. Rosella has long been known for its health benefits and is used as a tea drink.
These flower petals contain substances that the body needs, namely vitamin C, vitamin A, essential protein, calcium, and 18 types of amino acids, including arginine and legnin which function to rejuvenate body cells.
Scientists from Chung San Medical University in Taiwan, Chau-Jong Wang found that consuming roselle reduces the risk of heart disease, because it is proven to reduce the amount of plaque that sticks to the walls of blood vessels.
Rosella can also reduce bad cholesterol levels and stabilize blood pressure in people with hypertension, as a natural diet, and many other benefits.
From a medical point of view, regular consumption of rosella flower petals has the same results as pharmacological treatment in hypertension, gout and kidney diseases.
6. Hibiscus flowers
Hibiscus is usually consumed by drying the flowers first and then brewing them into tea or other drinks. Fresh hibiscus flower petals can also be used as sweets or added to salads.
The floral taste is cranberry-like with a hint of lemon flavor. Anthocyanins and antioxidants contained in this flower are believed to be able to control blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Elderflower, also known as European elderberry, is commonly made into a drink. In Europe, you know soft drinks and syrup from elderflowercordial, which are added with sugar and water. Apart from that, it can be made into jelly, and vinegar and even the goeng elder flower.
This flower has a distinctive aroma like honey. Elderflower is rich in bioflavonoids, flavonols (quercetin, isoquercitrin and anthocyanins), chlorogenic acid (cinnamic acid), triterpenoids (β-amyrin, erythrodiol, and oleanolic acid.
This flower is efficacious in treating colds, sinus infections, as a laxative, overcoming allergies and increasing endurance, stabilizing blood sugar, and as a topical remedy for swelling, wounds, and mouthwash.
In its use, harvest the flowers immediately after blooming, if too long, the taste will be bitter. Be careful with the stalks, which are poisonous if processed. Simply dry elderflower flowers then soak or cook into a drink.
8. Lilac flowers
This flower is rarely heard in Indonesia, but has many benefits. Having a distinctive aroma, lilac flowers are often used as body and room fragrances.
In addition, for health, this flower is often used as an ingredient in food menus such as ice cream, sorbet, jam, drink mixes, sweets and as garnishes.
Lilacs have a sweet taste like lemon, and can be found in spring abroad.
9. Nasturtium flowers
Nasturtium flowers are one of the flowers that are often eaten because of their sweet taste and after blooming a little spicy like pepper.
Nasturtium flowers are commonly used as a mixture of salads and pastas. Flower buds can be pickled and used as a flavoring.
10. Dandelion flowers
We often see dandelions when someone makes a wish. But it turns out that this flower, which is also known as tempuyung, can be eaten, you know, in Indonesia it is usually used as fresh vegetables.
Use this flower before it blooms because it has a sweet taste, while after blooming this flower tastes bitter.
Apart from the seeds, sunflowers can also be eaten, you know. Young sunflower petals can be boiled and eaten like artichoke greens. Since ancient times, these flower petals have been used in soups, soup and butter as well as medicinal ingredients.
Sunflower content consists of quercimeritrin, helianthoside (A, B, C), oleanolic acid, and echinocystic acid.
It has many benefits for the health of the body, including treating high blood pressure, overcoming headaches, toothaches, menstrual pain, stomach pain, inflammation of the breasts (mastitis), rheumatism and difficulty in giving birth.
12. Lavender flowers
Lavender petals are usually made of sweets or lavender-flavored sugar as a base for making various cakes. In addition, this fragrant flower is also used as a flavor enhancer in ice cream and yogurt.
Lavender flowers are rich in antiseptics and are useful for treating insomnia, relaxing muscles, overcoming stomach irritation, stabilizing mood, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial.
The floral taste is sweet, spicy, and fragrant, making it a great addition to any delicacy.
13. Saffron flowers
Saffron flowers have long been known to have many properties. Growing in temperate and tropical climates, saffron is rich in copper, potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, zinc, selenium, vitamin C, folic acid, carotene, vitamin A, niacin, crocin, and riboflavin.
These substances are useful for anti-cancer substances, overcoming anemia, delaying premature aging, eliminating acne, increasing fertility, increasing male stamina, smoothing menstruation, and many more.
The floral taste is like the flavor of grass with honey added, and is usually made into a mixture of pudding, paella and biryani.
14. Zucchini flowers
The zucchini flower is also known as the squash blossom. Zucchini flowers are bright yellow, harvest immediately when they bloom.
This flower is well known in Mexican food menus as well as in the Flor de Calabasa soup in Italy. The flowers are crushed first and then dried.
15. Violet flowers
Several types of edible violets have health benefits. Its sweet and aromatic taste makes this flower a complement to salads, chicken and fish dishes, sweets, and cake and pastry garnishes.
Violet flowers function to treat colds, reduce fever, treat skin diseases, prevent kidney failure, natural remedies for bronchitis and tuberculosis, maintain heart health, and other good benefits to the body.
16. Orchid flowers
Apart from being a room and garden sweetener, orchids are also edible. The taste of orchids tends to be spicy and has a texture similar to a cucumber.
This flower is usually used as a mixture for making sweets, snacks, pickles and stir-fry dishes.
Benefits of orchids for the body include; relieving stress, as a herbal ingredient to treat various diseases, overcoming neurological disorders and brain function, treating toothache and ear, curing fever and joint pain.
17. The lily
The lily flower has a cold effect and a sweet taste is also a bit bitter. This dominant white flower is rich in starch, fat, protein, flavonoids, carotenoids, sapions, colchicines, and polysaccharides.
The benefits if consumed are able to get rid of acne, prevent the growth of cancer cells, stabilize cholesterol levels, treat coughs, tonsils and stomach pain, and moisturize the skin.
Apart from being a mixture of cooking ingredients, lily flowers can be consumed raw.
This typical Dutch flower can be consumed on the petals, both for salad mixes, or as a complement to stir fry.
The benefits of consuming tulips include preventing anemia, improving blood circulation, preventing cancer, overcoming back pain, natural anti-oxidants, and overcoming fatigue.
19. Begonia flower
Begonia flowers are usually used as indoor and outdoor ornamental plants. It turns out that this plant is edible and has many benefits.
The content of substances such as alkaloids, flavonoids, vitamin C, carbolic acid in begonia flowers are useful for treating colds, indigestion, bronchitis, candidiasis, dysentery, vaginal discharge, reducing menstrual pain, overcoming vaginal discharge, relieving coughs, anti-inflammation, and maintaining a healthy liver. .
20. Apple blossom flowers
Like the fruit, this flower has a taste similar to an apple and has a light and soft texture.
Usually used as a mixture of desserts and salads, a mixture of cake dough, pie, bread, to ice cream.
Those are 20 flowers that are edible and good for your health. Some restaurants have also included these flowers in their menu decorations.