From Peonies to ease arthritic knees to Crocus bulbs that could cure cancer.
Flowers and plants are a wonderful source of life-saving medicines. But it’s not only those that grow in exotic or remote parts of the globe providing the potential cures.
Many promising new drugs and remedies are based on extracts from flowers growing in our own back gardens.
‘I think most people would be surprised at the extent to which flowers they are familiar with are used in medicine,’ says Guy Barter, chief horticultural adviser for the Royal Horticultural Society.
‘Many have been turned into commercial drugs by pharmaceutical firms that have extracted or copied chemicals they contain.’…[READ MORE]