Plant Profiles Cowslip

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The Cowslip is a flowering plant that has a few nicknames. It is also called Key of Heaven, Fairy Cups, Buckles, or Key Flower. This plant has beautiful deep yellow flowers that bloom in the spring. They can be found growing in Europe, Asia and Scotland. They thrive in open fields, meadows, clifftops, and coastal dunes. You can sometyimes find their seeds in wildflower seed mixes. These flowers are often used for landscaping purposes. They are a close relative of the oxlip.

The cowsli[p has been used in herbal medicine for many years. It is often recommended by herbalists for treating cough and colds. The flower contains natural expectorant and diuretic properties. It is also used to treat ailments like headaches, tremors and muscle spasms. Some people may experience an allergic reaction to this flower. It is always best to seek advice from an expert before using and herb to treat illnesses. The leaves of the cowslip plant have been used in Spanish cuisine. They are often cooked or mixed in a green salad. The flowers are used top flavor wine anmd vinegar. This plant is a close cousin of the primrose.

This flower has attracted many poets, writers and artists. Herbalists are still known to make lotions from this flower to use on the skin. This [plant contains natural pain killing properties too. Parts of this plant that are used for medicine are the flowers, stems and roots. The flowers contain natural sedative properties. They have been used for treating insomnia. Herbalists often make a herbal tea from this plant to treat many of the illnesses. It is also used as a laxative. These flowers thrive in chalky soils. The populations of this flower are beginning to decline. They arte becoming harder to find because they have so many great uses in culinary and medicine. The flowers are known to contain an excellent source of flavinoids and antioxidants.

These beautiful flowers also make a great fresh floral arrangement and they are often picked for ornamental purposes. They attract a variety of wildlike like bees, butterflies and moths. Many people believe that this little flower holds magic powers to help clear ones skin complexion. These flowers have started to really decline between the 1950s and 1980s. They should never be picked in abundance, but only just a few at a time, it is because their populations are still quite low today.

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