Flowers so Good you can Eat Them... And they're Good for you

I know, we’re in the midst of winter and I seem to be rushing ahead, but it’s only another month or two until spring will be in the air and, with that, lots of flowers!

I’m the first to put up my hand to admit that I’ve picked flowers from ‘communal gardens’ and borrowed some flowers that I’ve found beside the road to decorate the house and pimp up a salad. I’ve even thrown some rosemary in a vase and gone for a more natural feel.

Flowers have long been used for their healing powers. Take calendula; it’s one of the most well-known herbs for it’s anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiviral and immune-modulating properties. 

You can toss edible flowers in salads or decorate desserts with them.

A few of my favourite edible flowers and their healing properties are: 

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  • Calendula - As above
  • Carnations - Reduce spasms, combat stress, supports nervous system
  • Lavender - Reduces insomnia and anxiety
  • Roses (yup, all roses are edible) - Antiviral, antiseptic, aid digestion

Try adding chopped lavender to lemon juice, garlic and olive oil, and rub on your next steak or fish fillet before cooking.

I only recommend eating organic flowers that have been properly identified. Some people may be allergic to certain families of flowers, so proceed with caution.


Olivia McFadyen, based in Mosman on Sydney's Lower North Shore, is a qualified Naturopath, Nutritional Therapist, Herbalist and Homoeopath. Whilst Olivia is a qualified Naturopath and Nutritionist, she is also a realist and understands the demands of modern day life, offering nutrition, herbal medicine and homoeopathic consultations and support without compromising on the enjoyment food can bring. She is passionate about supporting patients to reach their lifestyle goals, optimise their health & develop a healthy yet balanced way of life through naturopathy and homoeopathy. She services her clients by offering 4 and 12 week natural health programs from her clinic in Mosman on Sydney's Lower North Shore.