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Add florals to your food

They can help reduce anxiety and improve sleep.

“Chefs have been adorning plates with brightly colored petals for years, but they’re not just aesthetically pleasing—they also have an array of health benefits,” says Denver-based recipe developer Julia Heffelfinger. Ingesting flowers such as rose petals, lavender, chamomile, hibiscus, or violets can help calm nerves, aid sleep, boost your immune system, and more. Here, three ways to use botanicals in your home cooking.

Photography by Robert Bredvad

lavender-cashew milk

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pistachio-rose granola

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jicama salad with hibiscus vinaigrette

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Green sauce, five ways

Use these condiments atop eggs, grilled meats, and more.

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