Flowering Plants

Flowering Plants: Just Aesthetic, Or Genuinely Practical?

There's no doubt that flowering plants are visually appealing to look at, touch, and smell, but are they useful or o­nly beautiful? Perhaps there's little practical difference, in the cases of some species which serve both roles equally well.

It is even arguable that the reason some of the plants that we find visually appealing also have pleasing scents is due to more than plain circumstance. Perhaps the reason people commonly find their noses more receptive to some plants' scents than to others is precisely because they have some nutritious consumable chemical content. It is no secret that many indigenous cultures worldwide watch what animals, such as great apes in the wild, eat when they are sick. By watching the local sick fauna consume to get better, people like the Navajo in the Americas and the WaTongwe in Africa, find new medicines for people. The mammals generally find these plants via scenting them out, so even the general aroma of some of the flowering plants you keep around may be extremely practical, as an aromatherapist may purport.

Perhaps you'll find that growing flowering plants can be used for a minor ailment that specifically affects you. Many gardeners who suffer from insomnia find that infusions of the petals of o­ne of the 500 species of passion flower in the aptly-named genus, Passiflora, assists them in their struggle for sleep's relaxing release. Growers of Marigolds and Chamomile have long known of their anti-inflammatory effects when applied to skin. Flowering plants that you can easily grow make useful natural cosmetics and medicines that can help you feel as beautiful and healthy as the robust blossoms they produce.