Spring is the season when many plants begin to flower. Some flowering plants are admired for their beauty but others are prized for their medicinal qualities. They are widely applied in traditional Chinese medicine.
The rose tops the chart as the most popular flower among women.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, roses have sweet, slightly bitter and warm properties. They can invigorate the flow of blood and qi or life force.
People who are in a low mood, have irregular menstruation or an upset stomach can drink rose water tea by brewing a handful of dried rose buds.
Saffron flower, which is mild in nature, has therapeutic actions in the liver and heart meridians. It has a few notable applications — as spice in Spanish fried rice and as oil for treating insect bites and stings.
A suitable daily intake of saffron flower tea could prevent and help treat heart diseases and high blood pressure.
Honeysuckle flower, which is sweet in flavor and cold in nature, is renowned for its outstanding capability to withstand the cold during winter.
It has therapeutic properties in the lung, heart and stomach meridians. The flower clears heat, removes toxins and dissipates heat from the body.
Honeysuckle flower works best in relieving discomfort and symptoms of early cold and flu, soothing sore throat and skin with raised spots.
Honeysuckle flower distilled water can prevent heat strokes by quenching thirst and clearing heat. It is suitable for soothing skin sores and prickly heat in children.
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on March 2.
Translation by Darlie Yiu with additional reporting
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