Health, Happiness and Hunger – Introducing the Super Flower – Peonies
Bloom & Wild claim peonies are much more than just a flower, offering a range of other benefits too:
- Bloom & Wild name the peony as a super flower
- It can be used to heal inflammation
- As well as being a tasty and nutritious snack
Forget super foods. Say hello the super flower: the peony. Flower experts Bloom & Wild peonies are the flower that can do it all: revitalise your garden, heal inflammation, serve as a tasty snack and help you show gratitude and love.
More than just a flower
While peonies transform a garden with their scent, rich colour, and size, there is more to the herbaceous bloom than first meets the eye.
Peonies suit every occasion and they help in lots of different ways, including:
The name peony is drawn from the Greek god, Paean, who was the god of healing. One species of peony, paeonia lactiflora, has been used in Chinese medicine to treat rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, hepatitis, dysmenorrhea, muscle cramping, spasms, and fever.
Research looking at the anti-inflammatory effects of paeonia lactiflora found that it inhibits the production of:
- prostaglandin E2 – helps reduce fever
- leukotriene B4 – promotes insulin
- nitric oxide – helps cells communicate by suppressing the increase of intracellular calcium ion concentration
Can peony petals be eaten?
The Chinese are thought to boil and fry peony petals for a crunchy and sweet snack. They add them to summer salads and mix them into punches – and for good reason: the peony is thought to help people with cholesterol problems or diabetes, as well as reducing the risk of certain cancers as well as heart disease.
Remember: Always consult an edible flower expert before eating any flower, and remember that plants and flowers could pose a choking threat to young children and animals.
Do not feed peonies to dogs and cats as they are known to be poisonous to them.
Use peonies to show you love someone
Want to tell someone you love them? Give them a peony flower. Pink peonies are associated with love, romance and affection and would make a great wedding decoration. If you’re arranging a wedding bouquet or table setting, consider pink peonies as they are the most romantic form of the flower.
Psychologist Sharon Stiles said: “Culture plays a big part in how we interpret colours so this also has an impact on the colour of flowers that are chosen for weddings.”