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How flowers can improve your health

Words: Gemma Dawkins

We love a health trend at Barre Body. Spirulina smoothies? Been there. Oxygen facials? Done that. Blue algae lattes? We’ll take three! There’s nothing more enticing to us than trying out a new bio-hack or wellness experiment – even if it’s a little on the woo-woo side, there’s no harm and plenty of fun to be had.

So when we read that fresh flowers in the home or workplace were not just pretty, but also health-boosting? Well, of course we had to jump on board.

Rather than cancelling our early-morning barre class to head to the flower markets, we opted for modern convenience and took the latest in flower subscription services out for a spin. With the help of Bespoke Botanics in Melbourne and Petal Post in Sydney, we soon had some very exciting deliveries on our studio doorsteps.

Flower subscriptions work like this: much like your favourite magazine subscription, you sign up to receive a flower delivery once every week, fortnight or month, as you prefer. For the time-poor or artistically challenged, Bespoke Botanics send a beautifully arranged bouquet straight to your door. Here’s what they spoiled our Flinders Lane beauties with:

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If you’re a little more green-thumbed or just love a creative project, Petal Post’s blooms arrive in a box with handy instructions to help you arrange and style them yourself. We found our gorgeous white roses had had their thorns thoughtfully stripped and a beautiful blend of complementary flowers and greenery had been selected for us – hard to go wrong with that!

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So, what is all of this flower power meant to actually do for us, healthwise? More than we realised! Plants and flowers have long been used for their medicinal purposes, from balancing hormones to aiding digestion. We love this roll call of beautiful flowers and their historical uses from the lovely Ange at Bespoke Botanics.

But, if you prefer to look at your flowers rather than steep them in a tea, you’re still reaping the benefits. The Huffington Post found that the presence of fresh flowers in hospital rooms significantly improved postoperative recovery in a 2008 patient study, while this study noted the improved cognitive performance of employees working in offices with indoor plants. In fact, even NASA support your flower habit, explaining that plants “improve the quality of indoor air. Plants take the carbon dioxide from air to produce oxygen that humans can breathe.”

We’ll take that!