The Power of Flower… Floral Gazing Brightens Your Mood, Lowers Stress, Creates a Positive Vibe

“The power of flowers” is incredible. Science has proven that gazing at bright, fragrant flowers is a way for people to enhance their emotional wellbeing. The human brain perceives the blooms as a positive, much deserved reward, so it releases such happy, naturally occurring chemicals as dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin.

Simply put, flower gazing can lower your stress level, enhance your mood, and create a positive emotional vibe. Colorful blooms induce happiness. So just peek at some “posies” and you’ll likely feel good.

History & Flowers

Historically speaking, the use of calming flowers or plants during ceremonies dates to ancient Egypt and even further back in time too. As an agricultural society, the Egyptians associated flowers and plants with certain religious beliefs, so flowers were also offered as a gift to the gods. In today’s society, flowers are often “a must” for décor, bouquets, or gifts at celebratory events – weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.

In addition, “a floral bouquet can also brighten the day of a new college graduate or a business professional who’s just landed a fabulous new job,” notes Cristina Moscoso, PFH General Manager-West Coast based in Los Angeles. “Our company is part of the important ‘floral pipeline’ as we handle and ship sizable amounts of fresh flowers and plants from Colombia and Venezuela to the U.S. and globally. We also ship many fresh flowers and plants to and from Amsterdam for our floral, retail, and grocery industry customers.”

How Can Flowers Help Us?

Flowers also have the power to soothe and comfort people in tough times. They can brighten the day for those who’ve suffered a life setback, are seriously ill, or are in the hospital. The blooms of calming flowers can also bring cheer to those who reside in nursing homes, as well as help comfort those who’ve lost a cherished loved one.

Did you know that arranging and placing flowers that help with stress at a funeral is a ritual dating from the Neanderthal era? Yes, that fact was discovered in 1951 when archaeologist Ralph Solecki uncovered pollen and wildflowers funerary fragments at the Shanidar Cave excavation in northern Iraq. His discovery was eventually cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest form of human ritual.

The Positivity of Flowers

Science also has determined that there are positive benefits simply by displaying fresh flowers in a home or office. For example, a behavioral research study conducted by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School (Boston) showed that people with flowers feel less worry, less anxiety, and less depression than without them. Having calming flowers around can also make people more compassionate toward others.

In offices, flowers also help boost creativity, innovation, and productivity. Workers perusing pretty flowers tend to feel less tension and anxiety, which helps them focus better. When workers go home at night, they also can then get a good night’s sleep, thanks to flowers. Multiple studies have shown that inhaling lavender essential oil can help improve sleep.

Edible flowers to have their pluses. The top edible flowers that help with stress include roses, pansies, and hibiscus, among others. Just be sure to consult an expert for safety’s safe before consuming any flowers, as some are toxic. That said, hibiscus can make a tasty red tea, is anti-inflammatory, and can even lower blood pressure.

Moscoso’s view: “Why not brighten someone’s day or your own with the undeniable power of calming flowers.”

Global Services 

Whether it’s a box, a pallet, or a companywide logistics operation, Prime Fresh Handling is skilled in achieving safe on-time delivery of time- and temperature-sensitive products between any point of origin and destination around the world.

In fact, PFH is also known as a global leader in perishables transportation of fresh produce, fish, cut flowers, and plants – and vaccines and other pharmaceuticals, as well. With dedicated state-of-the-art facilities in Europe, South American, and across North America, PFH leverages industry-leading technologies such as vacuum cooling, sorting, re-packing, bar coding, labeling, and temperature and quality monitoring to guarantee a consistent, safe, and fresh delivery.

Contact Prime Fresh Handling 

For information, contact PFH General Manager, West Coast: Cristina Moscoso at 323-328-8650, via email at infopfh@prime-fresh.com or visit hwww.prime-fresh.com.

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