People are accustomed to giving flowers as gifts to their friends who are sick or sad. It is a common sight to see someone bringing a bouquet to a friend or family when visiting the hospital or clinic. But more than just being pleasant to the eyes, flowers actually have health benefits to those who receive it.

A study was done by the American Society for Horticulture Science involving 90 surgical patients, some of which had plants or flowers in their rooms while others did not. Results showed that those who had flowers in their rooms had lower blood pressure and heart rates, and lower ratings of pain, anxiety, and fatigue. There were also more positive thoughts and higher satisfaction from these patients.

Another study published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine reported that bouquets of flowers lessen stress. Based from the results of an experiment they did by giving college women fresh vases of roses, flowers seem to relax and lessen stress. These findings suggests that flowers should be “complementary medicine” for recovering patients.

That being said, before you visit someone in the hospital, be sure to pick-up a flower or a bouquet for them to uplift their mood and hasten their recovery.

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