When a friend loses a loved one, one of the first things you might do is send a bouquet of flowers to let them know you are thinking of them during this sad and difficult time.
A beautiful bouquet of someone’s favorite flowers, or a surprise home-delivered arrangement, often says more than a card or message could ever do. But these beautiful bouquets don’t just bring pleasant sights and smells to a person’s life on a difficult day. Flowers have been scientifically proven to have a positive impact on happiness and health.
For example, certain blooms can:
- Improve physical health: According to a study published in HortTechnology, hospital patients who recovered in rooms with flowers needed less pain medication and had lower blood pressure and heart rates than those with no flowers in their rooms. Having flowers in your home will improve the humidity in the air, which in turn helps alleviate dry skin and sore throats, and makes it easier to breathe.
- Reduce stress: The scent of flowers is known to aid relaxation – just think how you feel when you visit a beautiful garden. Specific flowers like chrysanthemums, lavender and gerbera are well known for their calm-inducing qualities and are ideal for both work spaces and around the home.
- Purify the air: Airborne germs and toxins may be circulating unnoticed in the air you’re breathing. Certain flowers like chrysanthemums (or mums for short) actually help remove toxins such as ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene from the air around us.
- Enhance mood: At the most basic level, receiving flowers from someone helps lift your mood because it means someone cares. But even if you buy or pick your own flowers, they still help improve your mood because they look nice and smell good. Research indicates that flowers have powerful emotional effects, helping people feel less depressed, less emotional and happier. During sad times, flowers bring the message of hope and signify compassion, love and warmth.
- Boost memory: Because flowers are fragrant and smell is so strongly linked with memories, flowers have the potential to activate and exercise the parts of the brain associated with memory. Plus they help oxygenate the air, which also improves memory and concentration.
- Help us sleep: Lavender has long been believed to be a great, natural aid to sleep. But other fragrant flowers such as jasmine and gardenia have also been shown to calm nerves, so we sleep well and wake up feeling rested and energetic in the morning.
So the next time you send a friend or family member a bunch of flowers, know they are doing so much more than just making them smile.