We all know that deep down flowers cheer us up. After all when someone is poorly flowers will always cheer the soul. It’s visual of course but also scent plays a powerful role. Smell is the sense that bypasses the thalamus which is a sort of brain receptionist… The scent of your flowers can enter our brain and attach to our memories without our brain having to consciously process it. Its automatic.
As many of us work more at home at the moment we are likely to get outdoors less than usual – especially in the dull Winter months so bringing the outdoors in through plants and cut flowers can really help our wellbeing, - reducing low mood and anxiety. Their colour, scent and texture remind ourselves of nature. For the more scientific flowers trigger the happy chemicals in our brains –
Dopamine - A reward and ‘feel good’ chemical.
Serotonin - A mood regulator that contributes to feelings of wellbeing and happiness
and Oxytocin - A bonding chemical associated with trust and empathy.
It’s true that flowers aren’t essential, they’re emotional. They won’t solve our problems, or the world’s problems. But for those of us spending more and more time behind a screen they will they make us smile, and that is a very worthwhile and powerful thing.
So why not order yourself a lovely hand-tied seasonal Bouquet or Posy from our farm floristry - also supporting British flower farmers. Or why not treat yourself to a regular delivery of fresh blooms with a Flower Club Subscription?