The Health Benefits of Edible Flowers

There have been many times where I have gone out to lunch or dinner in a fine dining restaurant and the salads have come with beautiful flowers either as garnishes or actually infused into the salad itself.

It has always been a fun treat either way, though sometimes I have been the only one brave or eager enough to try them. The flavors range from sweet to tart to bitter, but they are always interesting.

Why limit these experiences to just dining out?
Flowers enhance any garden or home… and if they double as edibles, all the better.

So which flowers can you eat, and which ones taste good?

This is a fairly comprehensive list along with some ideas on how to use them:

Begonia: Leaves and flowers are edible and have a sour- citrus taste. The stems can be used in place of Rhubarb.

Reported Health Benefits: Bronchitis, Skin issues, menstrual disorders, Swelling.

Carnations: Can be used in candy, wine, or as cake decorations. The petals are sweet. These petals are one of the secret ingredients used to make Chartreuse (a French Liquor).

          Reported Health Benefits: Anti-inflammatory effect, helping with hair loss, act as a muscle relaxant, and aid in the treatment of excess gas.

Chrysanthemums: Tangy and slightly bitter – they can taste like mildly peppery cauliflower. Petals can be used in salads or to flavor vinegars.

           Reported Health Benefits: Acid Reflux, Dizziness, AntiCancer, Sedative, Antispasmodic

Clover: Sweet and taste much like anise. – Has been said to help with gout, rheumatism, improves fingernails, coughs and colds. Use bright healthy flowers.

           Reported Health Benefits: Blood thinner, Uterine Fibroids, Hot flashes.

Dandelions: Sweetest when picked young. Honey like flavor. The mature flowers are bitter. They are good raw or steamed and can also be made in to wine. If serving rice mix in petals.

          Reported Health Benefits: Acne, Herpes, Liver diseases, Water Retention, Constipation, Gallstones, Age spots, Alcoholism, Anorexia.

Day Lilies: Slightly sweet vegetable flavor like lettuce. Beautiful in salads or a top cakes.

          Reported Health Benefits: Cancer treatment, detoxifies arsenic poisoning, powerful antioxidant. *May cause hallucinations in higher doses.

Daisy: These are mostly used for looks, they taste very bitter.

          Reported Health Benefits: Arthritis, cold, cough, Diarrhea, Indigestion, wound care.

Fuchsia: Slightly acidic flavor. Great as a garnish due to vibrant colors. Berries are also edible.

          Reported Health Benefits: None reported

Gladiolus: Nondescript flavor like iceberg lettuce. Petals are great in a salad or used individually as “bowls” for serving light desserts like mousses.

          Reported Health Benefits: Regular bowel movements.

Apple Blossoms: Petals can be candied or used as a garnish. *Eat in moderation. the flowers may contain a cyanide precursor.

         Reported Health Benefits: Improves digestive, remove excess fat, clears acne, lighten pigmentation, ease nerves and revitalized blood

Banana Blossoms: (sometimes called Banana Hearts) They can be cooked or eaten raw. The outside covering needs to be removed until you reach a white tender part.  It should then be sliced and let sit in water till the sap drains.

        Reported Health Benefits: Helps Lactating mothers, Great for pregnant women, diabetes, menstrual issues, weight loss.

Citrus Blossoms: Distilled citrus flower water is used in Middle Eastern pastries and beverages.

         Reported Health Benefits: Unable to find.

Elderberry Blossoms: Sweet smell and taste. Do not wash them, it will remove some of the taste. These are great for making wine.

         Reported Health Benefits: Unable to find.

Angelica: Tastes similar to licorice. Petals for salads, and leaves can be made into tea.

         Reported Health Benefits: Bloating, Pain, Endometriosis, Migraine, Colitis.

Borage: Blossoms and leaves have a cucumbery taste. They go well in lemonade, sorbets, chilled soups and dips.

           Reported Health Benefits: Auto Immune diseases, Lupus, Menopause, MS,         Bronchitis, Flu, Sore throat.

Jasmine: Traditionally used for scenting teas. *Please make sure you have the right plant if you use Jasmine! (Jasmine Officinale). The “False Jasmine” are a completely different plant. “Gelsemium” and “Loganiaceae” are too poisonous for human consumption.

         Reported Health Benefits: Acne, Anti Cancer, Bipolar Disorder, Constipation, aphrodisiac,

Lavender: Sweet, floral flavor with lemon and citrus notes. Can be used in lemonade, champagne,  with chocolates, in cakes, flans or custards.

        Reported Health Benefits: Grief, Rosacea, Sore throat, tooth ache, whooping   cough, Relaxation, sleep, Pain, Allergies, Anxiety.

Hibiscus: Has cranberry like flavors and overtones. Petals are great in salad, or dried and used as tea.

         Reported Health Benefits: DO NOT USE IF PREGNANT. (Abortifacient), High Blood Pressure, Abscess, Alopecia, Baldness, Burns, Cancer.

Honeysuckle: Sweet honey like flavor. Only the flowers are edible. The berries are HIGHLY poisonous.

        Reported Health Benefits: Blocked Fallopian Tubes, Cancer, Depression, Fever, Flu, Tick Bites, Gout, Infections, Blood Impurities.

Impatiens: Sweet flavor. Great in salads or floated in drinks.

        Reported Health Benefits: Used in Bach Flower Remedies to keep a positive calm state of mind.

Johnny Jump Ups: Mild wintergreen flavor. Salads, cakes, served with soft cheeses, drinks, soups.

         Reported Health Benefits: Skin diseases, Epilepsy

Lilac: Very fragrant and slightly bitter. Great in salads or crystalized in egg white and sugar.

         Reported Health Benefits: Rashes, Cuts, other skin ailments.

Marigold: Can be used as a substitute for Saffron in cooking or placed in a salad.

         Reported Health Benefits: Ulcers, Eczema, Cuts, Wounds

Pansy: Sweet grassy flavor, great in fruit salads or green salads.

         Reported Health Benefits: Skin diseases.

Peony: Boil petals and use as tea or add fresh to salads.

         Reported Health Benefits:  Cholesterol Lowering, Cuts cancer risk on certain cancers, antioxidant, diabetes.

Queen Anne’s Lace: Also known as Wild Carrot or Bishop’s Lace. Light carrot flavor, great in salads. BE CAREFUL: It looks much like Poison Hemlock. please be sure you know what you are eating.

         Reported Health Benefits: Anemia, Chicken Pox, Oily Skin, Athlete’s Foot, Schizophrenia, Stomach issues.

Roses: Flavor depends on soil, rose type, and growing conditions. Great in salads, desserts, perfumed butters or sweet spreads. Rose jelly is wonderful.

         Reported Health Benefits: Antiseptic, Astringent, anti inflammatory, antibacterial, nausea, fatigue, dehydration, infections, rashes, cooling, cleans blood.

Geraniums: Flavors range by color from lemony to spicy. *Note Citronella variety isn’t edible. Sprinkle over desserts, in drinks or freeze in ice cubes for a decorative touch.

         Reported Health Benefits: Dry Lips, Grief, Age Spots, High Blood Pressure, Anxiety, Pain, Blurred Vision

Sunflower: Unopened flower buds can be eaten like artichokes after steaming.  They have a bitter sweet flavor.

          Reported Health Benefits: Aging, Bad Breath, Bronchitis, Throat issues.

Tulips: Taste like sweet lettuce, or fresh baby peas. *some people are allergic. Do not eat the bulbs ever. Petals only.

          Reported Health Benefits: Unable to find.

Chamomile. English chamomile has small, daisy-like flowers with an apple-like flavor. If you’re allergic to ragweed, you might want to avoid chamomile.

         Reported Health Benefits: ADHD, Bloating, Bunion, Hay Fever, Insomnia, Stomach ache, MS, Bloating.

Violets: Sweet perfumed flavor. Leaves are fantastic in salads. They can also be placed on desserts or in iced drinks. They are also tasty when cooked like spinach.

        Reported Health Benefits: Cough, Headache, Esophageal Cancer, Pain.


Special notes on eating edible flowers:

  • Make SURE you know what you are eating and that it is edible.
  • No flowers are safe if not grown organically (no pesticide)
  • Wash all flowers before eating them.
  • Start with small quantities as your body is not familiar with them.
  • Remove pistols and stamens from flowers before eating them.
  • If you have allergies, introduce gradually to make sure you don’t have a reaction.
  • Don’t eat flowers from florists.
  • Don’t eat flowers picked from the side of the road.
  • Pick flowers in the morning when their water content is the highest.

Salads are self explanatory, just get creative.


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Here is a delicious recipe for Strawberry-Rose Cupcakes to get you started on using flowers in your baking. *Thank you to http://www.myrecipes.com*

Strawberry jam and rose water are baked directly into the vanilla cupcakes to infuse delicate, fragrant flavor into these party-ready cakes. Garnish with fresh rose petals in the colors of your party.

INGREDIENTS;

1 cup butter, at room temperature

1 1/4 cups sugar

3 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3/4 cup buttermilk

2 1/2 cups flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/3 cup strawberry jam

1 1/2 to 2 tsp. rose water* (find with cocktail or baking supplies)

Cream Cheese-Rose Frosting (separate directions below!)

2 1/2 cups small rose petals (organically grown)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Line 16 muffin cups with liners. Beat butter and sugar with a stand mixer until creamy. Add eggs, vanilla, and buttermilk; beat until well blended.

2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Gradually beat into butter mixture until well blended.

3. Whisk together jam and rose water to taste in a small bowl. Spread 2 heaping tbsp. batter in each liner. Top with 1 tsp. jam mixture, then another 2 heaping tbsp. batter, carefully spreading it to cover jam.

4. Bake cupcakes until a toothpick inserted toward the edge comes out clean, 25 to 27 minutes. Let cool in pans 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely. Spread with frosting and decorate with rose petals.

To make the Cream Cheese-Rose Frosting

INGREDIENTS:

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

1/4 cup butter, at room temperature

1 1/2 to 2 tsp. rose water

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Directions

In a bowl with a mixer, beat cream cheese, butter, rose water, vanilla, and powdered sugar until smooth.


For additional recipes and ideas I suggest google searching “Edible Flower Recipes” and poking around. You will be amazed at what you find!

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edible_flower

http://www.gardeners.com/how-to/edible-flowers/8078.html

http://www.bonappetit.com/trends/article/how-to-use-edible-flowers-in-salads-cocktails-and-more

http://www.marthastewart.com/974983/green-salad-edible-flowers

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-rose-cupcakes

http://herbpathy.com/

http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/edible-flowers-list.html

http://aminsestore.com/day-lily-benefits-reviews-side-effects-and-dosage/

http://www.wildturmeric.net/2015/01/5-best-health-benefits-of-banana-flower-banana-blossom.html

https://feralbotanicals.wordpress.com/2014/04/20/lilac-flowers-an-edible-and-medicinal-treat/

http://www.zhion.com/herb/Peony.html

http://www.diethealthclub.com/health-food/rose-health-benefits.html

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/06/12/healing-properties-red-clover/

Origninally published on NaturalNews.com http://blogs.naturalnews.com/health-benefits-edible-flowers/

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UPDATE : BePure is no longer available thanks to the FDA. One more wonderful and effective product pulled due to big pharma and red tape.


Over the years I have tried all kinds of internal cleanses. Psyllium husks, Herbal Fiber Blend (which claimed to be raspberry flavored, but just tasted like potting soil to me), Colon Blow (that was a rough one), Oxypowder (using the power of oxygen), Candida cleanses, Parasite cleanses, Juice cleanses, water fasts, you name it – I have tried it.

All of them worked to one extent or the other. Then last year I came across the BePure Cleanse by Universal Formulas. It is touted as one of the strongest yet most gentle full body, all organ, and cellular level cleanses on the market. It came highly recommended so I decided to give it a go.

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Before I go into my personal experience let me share a little bit about the cleanse with you.

BePure is a one-of-a-kind 21 day cleanse system developed by experienced physicians, herbalists, and supplement formulators. It will holistically detoxify and de-stress the entire body. Bepure vegi-capsules are 100% vegetarian. Formulated from wild-crafted and organic herbs with no harsh ingredients and no caffeine. It is physician approved, safe, easy to use and travel-friendly. 
Bepure is designed to help the body balance acid / alkaline levels in the tissues, stimulate removal of waste from the cells and create a more oxygenated environment. 
Satisfaction guaranteed!

Benefits of this cleanse:
▪ Restore good digestion
▪ Eliminate pain, gas, bloating, & irregularity
▪ Stimulate removal of toxins from cells
▪ Help reduce excess weight
▪ Revitalize organ function
▪ Strengthen the immune response
▪ Balance pH & hormone levels
▪ Increase mental clarity and well-being
▪ Provide high-quality nutritional support

It supplies your body with:
▪ Vitamins
▪ Enzymes
▪ Pro-biotics
▪ Electrolytes
▪ Minerals +Trace Elements
Plus it is caffeine free and vegetarian friendly.

I found BePure super easy to do. They give you a small travel case so you can get your supplements ready for the day and easily take them with you without toting bottles all over the place. They also give you a wallet-sized card to check off and track your progress.

The How:

Daily when you wake up drink a large glass of water with lime. This helps to wake up your organs and start you on the right track to detoxification.

There are supplements for morning, noon and evening. Take each with a big glass of water. Drinking lots of pure clean water is important as you are releasing toxins and want to wash them out of your system.

Currently BePure is also offering with the cleanse at no extra charge the Pre-BePure and Post-BePure formulas. You can either take them during the cleanse (over lapping the 21 days in the beginning and the end) OR you may take them 5 days prior and 5 days post. I did them 5 days before and after making my cleanse really 31 days. My reason for doing this was that when I am focused on a supplement regimen I pay more attention to what I am eating and the longer I eat very well, the more thorough the cleanse. This is personal choice.

What to eat:

Clearly the point of cleansing is to clean you out. You don’t want to be adding toxins back in as you are doing it. Eat as cleanly as you can. If you slip up don’t worry, just get back on track.

Eliminate junk: all packaged, boxed, and frozen foods, such as pizzas, TV dinners, desserts – even those that say “health” and no fat — these are poison! Eliminate jelly, jams (unless natural sweetener is used), peanut butter with sugar of any kind, commercial cookies, and sweet desserts, ice cream, deli meats, and prepared deli dishes (unless you know all the ingredients). Eliminate potato chips, tortilla chips, and pretzels. Eliminate all kinds of processed food and all fried food. Do not drink soft drinks, energy drinks, alcohol, and anything with sugar and caffeine – including mochas and lattes. It is only 21 days – you can do it!

▪ Drink lime juice in temperate water upon waking
▪ Select organic whenever possible
▪ Eat whole, raw vegetables
▪ Juicing of fresh fruits & vegetables
▪ Whole grain cereal, not pre-sweetened
▪ Chicken, turkey, & fish are acceptable animal proteins
▪ Vegetable sources of protein are preferred
▪ Purified and/or distilled water

DIET #1 Eliminate all animal meat and dairy, especially cheeses and ultra pasteurized milk and milk products, all pastas and breads – except for sprouted-grain breads and crackers.
Dominant foods to eat are homemade soups with clear vegetable broth (no creams or milk or meat in broth) that have lightly (still crunchy) cooked vegetables, mushrooms, dark greens (bok choy, spinach, etc); salads like shredded beet, carrot, cabbage, and multi-greens; fresh fruit. Brown rice, beans, oats, and multi-grains are good and free-ranges eggs are fine. Snacks include cashews, almonds, pecans, flax seeds, and oils – Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Sesame Oil, or Grape Seed Oil. Buy as much organic, Non-GMO food that you can find.

DIET #2
Eliminate all beef and pork, ultra-pasteurized milk and cheese, (see foods in Diet #1). In addition to the dominant foods in Diet #1, you may eat broiled or baked fish, chicken, or turkey. If you are craving a burger, have a buffalo or ostrich burger without the bun. Select organic, multi-grains for breads. Brown rice, beans, oats, and multi-grains are fine (no highly processed foods, like instant oatmeal with added sugars/flavors). You may buy organic plain yogurt and sweeten it with your own local, raw honey or real maple syrup. You can mix in your own fruits, blended or shredded, for additional flavor (bananas, pineapple, apples, or berries are good choices).
Super foods: Cacao, hemp protein, Goji berries, and Macha are all great additions to your diet.

My experience:

You can read my daily posts as I did the cleanse on Facebook just scroll down to the very beginning of the page to begin my journey.

What you experience will depend on what you have ingested, come in contact with and what ailments you have had in the past. Often we experience what’s known as a Herxheimer reaction (click to read the article and go more in depth on that).

Essentially when toxins are released you may briefly re-experience the symptom one last time.

The first week of the cleanse I experienced:
Flu and cold like symptoms
Intestinal releases (this isn’t a rough cleanse where you are glued to the restroom)
Emotional releases
Skin beginning to clear and look better and brighter

The second week:
Vivid dreams
Runny nose
Fluctuating moods and energy levels
Minor headaches
Minor body aches

The third week:
Energy buzzing (raised/increased energy in bursts)
Amazingly clear vision
Glowing skin (where people were complimenting me)
Weight loss
Overall feeling of increased wellness
Raised mood level the majority of the time

The fourth week:
Hit another pocket of toxins – itchy watery eyes and headache
Runny nose
Tired on and off
Weight loss
Clothes fitting far bigger even though the number on the scale was not huge. (toxins take up space)

Last Week:
Felt better, lighter, like my body was vibrating
Clearer vision
Clothes fit better
Good mood
Very high energy levels
Glowing skin
Very happy with myself for completing this cleanse

Everyone’s cleansing experience will vary depending on current health.

I love BePure and will continue to do it yearly. If you are severely toxic (and actually ill) it is advisable to do it bi-yearly.

The way that I really confirmed that it worked was in doing a 10 day juice fast 6 months after this………. For the very first time ever in cleansing I did not have a single Herxheimer reaction. That can only happen when the body is detoxified.

To hear a teleconference on the benefits of detoxification by Dr. Leonard Coldwell please click HERE https://www.freeconferencecallhd.com/playback.html?n=gD84%2FjtgEH

To order and try BePure yourself please visit http://a5.activechampion.com

*BePure is safe for kids as well!