The five flowers that experts claim can reduce stress, according to Bloom & Wild

From roses and peonies to sunflowers.

Flowers have been known for boosting our moods and improving air quality, but they can also help to relieve stress and anxiety.

Bloom & Wild conducted a study that has shown that people are reducing their stress and anxiety with arranging and keeping flowers around the home.

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FLOWERS TO REDUCE STRESS

The floral experts at Bloom & Wild have also suggested a range of flowers that can be included in the home or garden in order to reduce stress, boost our mood and enhance concentration and productivity.

1. ROSES

Ever heard the expression ‘stop and smell the roses’? That’s because not only do they look beautiful, but they are known to produce wonderful mood-boosting endorphins.

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2. PEONIES

Peony season is the most notable flower season of the year, and it is easy to see why. With their voluptuous blooms, handsome foliage, fine fragrance and range of colours, peonies are the epitome of an exuberant romantic English cottage plant.

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See Solving the myths about peonies – 7 things you didn’t know about the nation’s favourite flower

3. SUNFLOWERS

We could all do with some sunshine in our lives, and what better way to guarantee it than to plant a few sunflowers, which provide an instant mood boost with their cheerful flowers, as well as being good for wildlife.

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4. LISIANTHUS

Lisianthus has been known to stimulate creativity, as well as wildlife. Many experts say that blue flowers, such pretty Lisianthus, encourage free-thinking, the ability to problem solve and imagine new ideas.

5. JASMINE

Perfect for a good night’s sleep. Jasmine and of course, lavender are proven to reduce stress and anxiety levels, encouraging peacefulness, allowing us to sleep more. They also lower our heart rate, which makes them ideal additions to the bedroom. This fragrant flower can also be taken in tea or as an organic oil.

Jasmine health benefits

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Bloom & Wild also spoke to Lowri Dowthwaite, a specialist in psychological interventions at the University of Central Lancashire, who says humans react so positively to flowers because of our evolution.

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‘There are many psychological theories about self-actualising which is about becoming your true self and being a whole person,’ she explains. ‘It’s about connecting to where you came from and nature is where we came from. When we’re with nature we automatically feel more at home.’

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