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Flowers with Healing Powers

Do you know which flowers can boost metabolism or improve sleep? Test your smarts about the power of flowers with our quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Which flower helps reverse sun damage to skin?

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The correct answer is: After rose blossoms wilt, they leave behind seed pods called rose hips. These can be made into an oil that is very high in antioxidants and helps to prevent and treat sun damage.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What supplement made from a flower can ignite your metabolism?

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The correct answer is: Want to lose weight and rev up your metabolism? Reach for forskolin, a substance derived from the Indian Coleus plant. A member of the mint family that grows in India and Thailand, forskolin helps keep your thyroid functioning properly and your body burning fat more efficiently. Take 125 mg of a forskolin supplement at breakfast and you'll be on your way to looking and feeling great!

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which flower can heal dry skin?

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The correct answer is: Your skin’s sebaceous glands are responsible for producing oil. As you age, they produce less of it and your skin becomes drier. Studies show that lavender oil hydrates and improves dry or scaly skin. Look for lavender oil in moisturizing creams for your eyes, face and body.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

If you have an upset stomach, which flowering plant should you reach for?

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The correct answer is: Dandelion root is used to aid digestion as a digestive bitter, a remedy that stimulates the production of digestive juices and bile. But don't just snip the yellow blossoms from your front yard: dandelion root is traditionally consumed as a tea or taken as capsules or a tincture.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which flower can help treat eczema?

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The correct answer is: When purified, feverfew contains powerful anti-inflammatory compounds that calm and soothe skin. Look for feverfew or its Latin name, Chrysanthemum parthenium, in moisturizers and cleansers.

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Peony flowers in combination with other herbs may be used to treat which of the following conditions?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Peonies have also been used to treat pulmonary heart disease and uterine fibroids, and when applied to the skin can be used to prevent wrinkles.

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You're really stressed out and need to relax. Which flower should you smell?

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The correct answer is: Take some time to smell the roses -- as well as lavender, basil, orange, grape, mango and lemon. They all contain a compound called linalool, the scent of which apparently reduces anxiety.

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Which flower can you use in place of toner to improve your skin?

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The correct answer is: Pure rose water -- the liquid left over from distilling rose oil -- when spritzed on your face brings out the natural glow of your skin by reducing excess redness and inflammation.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Drinking tea made with which flower can help treat insomnia?

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The correct answer is: Drinking passionflower tea -- made by adding two dropperfuls of tincture to a cup of warm water -- near bedtime can induce restful sleep and help treat insomnia.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Drinking three cups a day of tea infused with what flower may lower your blood pressure?

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The correct answer is: One study found that drinking three cups of hibiscus tea a day appeared to lower systolic blood pressure by an average of seven points in people with prehypertension or mildly elevated blood pressure. However, other research has had mixed results.

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Which flower has been used in aromatherapy to treat depression, nervousness and coughs?

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The correct answer is: Jasmine flower treats depression, nervousness and coughs. Early studies have also shown that jasmine flower may increase alertness and improve memory.

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Which flowering plant can help clean the air in your home?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. A NASA study found that these indoor plants are effective at removing chemicals like benzene from the air. Benzene is one of the most common pollutants found in inks, dyes, detergents, pharmaceuticals and pesticides. A sleep-boosting bonus: Gerbera daisies release oxygen at night, which can help you breathe better.

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Which flower can be used to treat external wounds, bruises, strains and fungal infections?

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The correct answer is: Also known as "pot marigold," calendula is a safe and effective treatment for inflamed or damaged skin, whether due to infection or physical damage. It can be applied locally as a lotion, poultice or compress or can be taken by mouth.

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Herbal supplements made from what flower may help women with PMS?

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The correct answer is: One small study found that St. John's wort significantly improved PMS symptoms in women by easing nervous tension, anxiety and insomnia. It's also used to treat mild to moderate depression. St. John's wort is available as capsules, tincture, extract, oil and dried leaves and flowers.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which flowering plant is typically used to support cardiovascular health?

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The correct answer is: Hawthorn seems to improve circulation in the heart by gently widening coronary arteries, allowing for increased blood flow. The herb directly affects the cells of the heart, enhancing both activity and efficiency. It's available as a tincture or a tea, in capsules, and even in jellies and jams.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which flowering plant can be used to stop nosebleeds?

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The correct answer is: A pinch of yarrow leaf or powder can be placed inside the nose to stop a nosebleed by initiating the clotting of blood. When taken internally as a tea or tincture, yarrow can help treat fever by promoting sweating and help the digestive system by stimulating the production of digestive juices and liver activity.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

A tincture or tea made with what flower can double as mouthwash?

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The correct answer is: Tincture or tea of echinacea may be used as a mouthwash for gingivitis or periodontal disease. Some research also suggests echinacea supplements can reduce cold symptoms and duration, and possibly help with other infections.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Studies have found that oil from which flower can help treat the aches and pains of arthritis?

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The correct answer is: Evening primrose oil is also used to help treat numbness and tingling of diabetes; bloating and cramping associated with PMS; and the itching, inflammation and flaking caused by eczema. The recommended dosage for adults is two to eight grams a day.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can chamomile treat?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. A cup of hot chamomile tea is best steeped and covered for 10 to 15 minutes to get the most benefits.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which flower has been used to treat asthma and breathing difficulties?

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The correct answer is: In homeopathy, honeysuckle has been used for asthma, breathing difficulties, irritability with violent outbursts and syphilis.

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