Surprising Ways You Can Incorporate Flowers into Your Diet

Cindy Wilson Thumbby Cindy Wilson
BS, Dietetics and Nutrition

As a health-conscious person, you’re always looking for new ways to add more nutrients, antioxidants, and vitamins into your diet – and what better way to do so than with flowers? That’s right; you can actually eat some flowers.

surprising ways you can incorporate flowers into your diet
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Flowers are rich in nectar, which makes them a natural sweetener. Others are full of vitamins, fiber, and minerals. They’re also a beautiful way to decorate your food. You don’t have to worry about where to find them because you can get a subscription for flower orders delivered to your home as you wish. Research reputable sources of your favorite flowers to ensure they’re safe to eat. How can you incorporate flowers into your diet?

As Actual Foods

Some flowers make excellent foods. Squash blossoms, for example, can be battered and fried. You can also stuff the blossoms with ricotta cheese, dip them in an egg wash, then fry them. Zucchini flowers are also a type of squash blossom. Other popular edible flowers include:

  • Borage blossoms
  • Chrysanthemum flowers
  • Daylily buds and flowers
  • Dandelion flowers
  • Elderflower
  • Hibiscus flowers
  • Jasmine flowers
  • Marigold flowers
  • Nasturtiums
  • Pansies
  • Rose petals
  • Squash blossoms
  • Violet flowers

The taste differs depending on the type, but generally, they have a slightly sweet flavor, while some are bitter. For best results, use them as a garnish or in salads.

As Tea

Some flowers make excellent teas. Chamomile, for example, is a trendy herbal tea. Hibiscus tea is also popular and has a tart flavor. Other excellent choices for tea include:

  • Lavender
  • Rose
  • Jasmine
  • Calendula

To make flower tea, add a few flowers to boiling water and let steep for 3-5 minutes. You can also dry the flowers to have an ever-ready supply at hand. The best time to take the tea depends on the intended purpose. To soothe yourself to sleep, drink chamomile tea an hour before bed. When you want an energy boost, drink hibiscus tea in the morning.

As Extracts and Oils

Flower extracts and oils are very concentrated forms of the flower. They are made by steeping the flowers in oil or alcohol, then straining them. The result is a very potent flower form used in tiny amounts. Flower extracts and oils are often used in baking, perfumes, or aromatherapy. Some of the most popular include:

  • Lavender oil
  • Rose oil
  • Ylang ylang oil
  • Jasmine oil

Dry the flowers first if you want to make extracts or oils. Place the flowers in a glass jar and cover them with oil or alcohol. Seal the jar tightly and let it sit in a dark place for a day or two, shaking occasionally. Afterward, strain the liquid and store it in a dark glass bottle.

As Garnishments or Decorations

If you want to add a touch of elegance to your meal, consider using flowers as a garnish or decoration. Edible flowers make beautiful garnishes for salads, soup, or main dishes. They’re also perfect for decorating cakes or cupcakes. Some of the best flowers to use for garnishes or decorations include:

  •  Roses
  •  Violets
  •  Nasturtiums
  •  Pansies
  •  Squash Blossom
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As Juice or Smoothie Additions

You can easily add flowers to your juices or smoothies if you have a juicer or a blender. It’s a great way to get the benefits of the flower without having to eat it. Flowers such as hibiscus, roses, and lavender are especially good in juices or smoothies.

To add flowers to your juice or smoothie, simply place a few fresh or frozen flowers in the juicer or blender with the other ingredients. You can also use dried flowers, but ground them into a powder first. Start with a small amount and add more to taste.

As Dyes

Flowers are the perfect choice for making natural dyes. It makes your foods or fabrics not only beautiful but safe. Use fresh, dried, or powdered flowers to make dyes. To make a flower dye, simply simmer the flower in water until you have a concentrated solution. You can then use this to dye fabric or food. Some of the best flowers to use for dyeing include:

  • Marigolds
  • Pansies
  • Red Cabbage
  • Roses
  • Violets

As Potpourri

Potpourri is a mixture of dried flowers and spices that scent a room or food. Simply dry the flowers and then mix them with a few drops. It’s easy to make your potpourri using flowers from your garden. 

Simply dry the flowers and then mix them with dried spices such as cloves, cinnamon, or nutmeg. Store the mixture in a covered container and add a few drops of essential oil if you like.

How Do Flowers Help You?

Flowers have varied benefits depending on the type and form of consumption. Here are reasons to add them to your diet.

Boost Mood and Energy

Some flowers act as mild stimulants, boosting energy and mood. Flowers such as hibiscus, roses, and jasmine have this effect. Take them early in the morning as a tea or smoothie addition or in small doses as a juice or extract throughout the day.

Aid Sleep

Some flowers can act as sedatives, promoting sleep. Flowers such as lavender and chamomile are perfect for this. Add them to your evening tea or bath before bedtime. 

Control Appetite

Some flowers can help you feel full and control your appetite. Flowers such as hibiscus and roses are ideal choices. Add them to your juices or smoothies, or take them as extracts or teas throughout the day.

Aid in Digestion

Flowers such as chamomile and lavender help with digestion. They can be taken as teas after meals or throughout the day.

Reduce Inflammation

Some flowers, including roses, hibiscus, and jasmine, reduce inflammation throughout the body. They fight the free radicals that cause inflammation.  Drink them as teas or add them to juices and smoothies. You can also take them as supplements.

Relieve Stress

Flowers such as lavender and chamomile have properties that relieve stress. Add them to your evening bath or tea. You can also diffuse them in your home or office.

Enjoy The Benefits of Flowers

It pays to know what each flower does so you can maximize its benefits. Add them to your diet in the form of teas, juices, smoothies, extracts, or supplements. You can also use them to make natural dyes or potpourri. Whichever way you choose, enjoy the benefits of flowers.

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Hello, I am Cindy, and this a website where I inspect everything related to nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. I have a BS in Dietetics and Nutrition (Kansas State University) and have completed a dozen specialty courses related to nutrition, biochemistry, and food science. I am open to learning more, but foremost I would like to share all my knowledge with you.

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