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Flowers have long been known to improve moods. You’re going on a date? Get your date some flowers. Picking up your family at the airport? Get them a bouquet. Want to freshen up your living room? Get some flowers and put them in a vase.

They represent hope because they symbolize milestones in our lives. No decor for a wedding, a baby shower, or a birthday is complete without flowers. They evoke our sense of beauty, and their aroma grounds us in tranquilly.

They’re multi-purpose. They look beautiful and smell amazing!

Speaking of them being multi-purpose, they don’t only have external benefits but internal ones as well. Meaning, flowers are good for your skin, hair, and health as well. People have been using flowers to maintain their health for a long time now. Flowers help alleviate typical age-related issues by lowering depression, encouraging social interaction, and preventing memory loss. They provide the body with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

I got the opportunity to interview one of the founders of Seriously Play, Sarah Soo, to get a glimpse of how flowers have been a beneficial aspect in her life.

How did you learn about the benefits flowers have for our health?

Last September, I came across this Chinese mobile application. Its name, roughly translated to English is called “Literate Book”. The app is kind of like TikTok, where you will find short videos regarding a lot of subjects. All the videos are in Chinese. The ones that I found most interesting were the videos that talked about flower benefits.

How often do you consume the flowers?

Every alternate day, I like to have rose tea. I use a filter teapot to make the rose tea. I put the petals in the filter, add water, and let it come to a boil. Sometimes I soak the rose petals with goji berries, red dates, jasmine, and dried mulberry for half an hour in a slow cooker, then consume the tea. It is quite fragrant and flavourful. It really helps me relax after a long day at work.