Blessed Blossoms ~ Dreamy Daffodils

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Associated with Neptune, coming into bloom in the joyful Spring Season in March, Daffodils are flowers of calm feelings, temperance, dreaminess, forgiveness and also excessive behaviors & delusions. Called Narcissus, these blossoms are useful for bring cheerfulness into life, for self-love, hope, inner peace and realizations to begin afresh.

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Generally found in yellow & white hues, daffodils are popular gardening flowers with many ancient folklores and mythological associations. The most famous one being of Narcissus (which is one of daffodils popular names & species) who was blessed by Greek Gods with youth & enchanting beauty. However, they forbade him to look into his own reflection. But one day, he met a nymph of the woods named Echo and was so drawn to her affections that he overpowered her very being and she disappeared into nothingness, becoming a faded ‘echo’. This made Goddess Nemesis very angry and she decided to lure Narcissus to a lake by a mountainside, where his sight fell upon his own reflection and he was mesmerized by his own beauty. He continued looking at himself melancholic-ally and this saddened the Gods as his vanity would bring him his death. So they turned him into a scented flower ‘narcissus’ whose drooping petals resemble his bent head staring at his reflection and the seeds in the centre tears of Echo’s unrequited love.

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Daffodils are vastly used in herbal magick and spiritual work.  Narcissism is a psychological term which implies extreme self-centredness and is named after the legend of Narcissus. It is a mental disorder where a person displays abnormal levels of self-love, vanity, apathy and even dis-regards the feelings of others because of one’s innate selfishness. However these blooms are good for helping someone in depression and for those with self-image issues as the fragrance and sight of daffodils induces self-love and joy for life. These blooms are associated with Neptune’s dreamy qualities and water element. Just like Neptune is known for its mysticism, occult and sleepy energies, daffodils too are used in spell-work for attracting these realms into one’s life. Keeping a bouquet of daffodils in the bedroom is said to enhance fertility while using them in a bridal bouquet or stepping on them is said to bring misfortune.

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Daffodils are also considered powerful narcotics, their bulbs have paralyzing properties which is why Roman soldiers carried these to die a painless death in the face of being caught by the enemy and being killed.  In Europe, daffodil extracts have proved useful in experiments to treat Alzheimer’s. Its essential oil can also cure colds and cough, when used under medical supervision. Avoid using these in beauty or wellness rituals as these cause severe irritations to the skin and may cause severe rashes. Though, daffodil’s sweet notes are widely used in perfumery.

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Daffodils remain an inspiration for many poets, storytellers and artists. One of William Wordsworth’s most famous lyrical works is “I wandered lonely as a cloud” which describes how the memory of a field of daffodils soothes his emotions and makes him smile. Such is the cheerful quality of daffodils that it instantly rejuvenates the mind, body, spirit.

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Daffodils flowers to keep around the house or at shrines during spring, for welcoming blessed beginnings at a housewarming, and even for igniting an old romance. The Chinese consider these flowers to be a sign of good fortune, the Japanese for cheerfulness, The Arabic as a cure for baldness, and The States consider it a symbol of hope for those suffering from Cancer. Getting more reflective, loving the self completely, forgiveness and renewal of energies are some of the inspiring qualities of the daffodils. The message of these blossoms is to be aware of the precious quality of the NOW, clarity of thought and bring more inner focus to achieve our soul’s true purpose.

Deesha Kriplani is a Freelance Writer & Editor with creative interests in spirituality, food & fashion. Connect with her on https://deeshakriplani.wordpress.com/ 

 

Blessed Blossoms ~ Luscious Lilies

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A flower with mythological stories & legends surrounding its origin, Lily is a flower that represents many dualities. It’s symbolic of innocence, purity & chastity and also used to represent sexual arousal, fertility and erotica.

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The Lily is often depicted in Christian paintings and depictions of Mother Mary (Queen of Angels) and represents purity of spirit. Its different parts have special associations – the stems stands for her religious nature, the petals for her innocence & pure nature, the leaves her modesty & humility. In Buddhism, tiger lilies are symbolic of compassion & mercy and aggressive feminine qualities. In France, the ‘Fleur de Lis’ – the three petals of lily represent trinity; virtues of hope, faith and charity.

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There are many sensual and erotic mythological associations with lilies. According to Greek Legends, Zeus wanted his illegitimate son Hercules to be breastfed by his wife Hera. While she was still asleep, he took Hercules to her who suckled on her bosom very roughly and her breastmilk overflowed. The milk that rose heavenwards became the Milky Way while the one that spilled on the earth tuned into lilies. Another legend suggests that Goddess Venus who emerged from the waters was jealous as her sight fell upon the perfect beauty of lilies and so out of envy gave the lily its long pistil (a phallic association) in the centre so that it would appear less attractive. Lilies thus represent virginity, sexuality, love, lust, and envy – the many facets of love. They are also associated with the planet Moon, the planet of dualities and emotions.

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Lilies also have many dream & colour associations. If you see lilies in your dreams, it’s time to take action about a dream or plan you’ve had for very long. Lilies also indicate cleansing, specifically emotional & spiritual cleansing so one can be vulnerable. Vulnerability allows us to return to innocent authentic self and allows others to be themselves too, and helps us connect more deeply to our divine nature. White lilies mean “its heavenly to be with you”, red indicate love & amorous feelings, pink lilies for youth and vigour, yellow ones for playfulness & merrymaking, orange for zest, happiness & vitality, water lilies symbolise calmness and gentleness.

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Lilies are used extensively in religious ceremonies and even in Wiccan & pagan rituals for magickal healings. They are popular for decorating churches especially during Easter celebrations and also Wiccan altars during Ostara. It’s used for spellwork to remove any mental, emotional obstructions from a person, allowing them to make instinctive decisions that are in alignment with our higher purpose more easily and not be held back by too much intellectualism. They are also a great memory charm and are also used to promote sense of happiness, stopping harassment & enhancing marital longevity. In Tarot cards and similar oracles, lilies signal a time for new beginnings based on trust, purity and innocence.

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Oils extracted from lilies has many medicinal used especially for spa and wellness therapies. Its oil when mixed with calendula oil has skin softening properties that repairs skin and is very good for massages as firming oil. It can be used for under-eye skin, for hot oil treatments and even for treating dry cuticle areas like elbows and knees. It also has astringent and soothing properties, making it effective for treating ulcers and inflammations. Its essential oil helps one feel happy and connects him to a sense of security & well-being, thereby soothing low energy levels and depression. It’s also widely used in perfumes and bathing products because of its refreshing fragrance & healing properties.

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Lilies have many medicinal and culinary benefits as well. It regulates & strengthens the heart function by increasing oxygen supply to it. Dried lilies are effective as diuretics and laxatives while its roots are beneficial for treating spider bites. Wood lilies are used to cure a number of illnesses by using their extracts in tea – fevers, stomach ailments, coughs, wounds and many more. Lilies are popular ingredients in Asian cooking, and are used to add sweet tastes and chewiness of veggies especially in soups, stews, in fresh salads and even as edible flowers for decorating cakes & pastries.

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Lilies are a staple in bridal bouquets, hair halos, corsages and other decorations. The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton included Lily of the Valley in her bouquet which signifies ‘you’ve made my life complete’, ‘return to happiness’, luck and also humility. The lily of the valley is nicknamed “ladder to heaven” owing to its divine beauty and fragrance. A blossom that reflects your inner divine nature, just give someone a few lilies to convey your pure & innocent feelings and see the transformation unfold as you allow yourself to be vulnerable and give someone the freedom to be themselves.

Deesha Kriplani is a Freelance Writer & Editor with creative interests in spirituality, food & fashion. Connect with her on https://deeshakriplani.wordpress.com/ 

Blessed Blossoms ~ Secrets of Lavender

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A flower that induces sleep with its heady scent, a protection charm since antiquity, the Lavender flower has many healing powers and secrets. It’s known for its rejuvenating properties, replenishing energies of mind & body, is associated with night rituals of Greek Goddess Hecate and planet Mercury that rules Gemini & Virgo.

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In Wiccan Worship, Goddess Hecate is associated with magick, with all things nocturnal, energies, spirits & demons which make themselves felt at night and those from ‘The Other World’. Offer lavender to the Goddess Hecate at your altar or at crossroads, at your doorway or just anoint your spaces with lavender oil to invoke her blessings for yourself and your loved ones for protection from the darker forces, especially on moonless & starless nights.

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According to legends, lavender has potent properties of love and sexuality. Folklore states how Cleopatra used lavender in her luxurious baths to enhance her sexual prowess with royal lovers. In ancient Egypt lavender was also used in the mummification process. It’s also believed that in medieval times (and in some cultures till today) harlots use lavender oil to attract more clients. Maidens on the other hand can use lavender and rosemary together to preserve their chastity and keep unwanted advances away.

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Keep a few sprigs of lavender under your pillow or a sachet perfumed with its fragrance to effortlessly slip into slumber. It keeps bad dreams at bay and also relieves tensions, stress, fears that keep you restless & awake. It soothes the ego which is worry and fear-based, helping you easily unwind and be comfy in your own cocoon.  Use lavender and an amethyst crystal to enhance your psychic ability, get clairvoyant & see prophetic dreams.

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Lavender has many medicinal properties as well. It was used in ancient times by midwives to ease labour pains of the mother. Goddess Hecate who carries a knife is also associated with childbirth, the knife being symbolic of cutting the umbilical cord. Traditional Asian healers use lavender extracts to help menopausal women cool down their livers. It also used by them to balance the “Shen” or the mind, by inducing calming properties, helping the mind to relax and achieve peace through meditation. It also has great antiseptic benefits for cleansing and mending wounds and cuts. Lavender is also a memory enhancer since it calms the mind and helps a person remember things without a filter of anxiety or fear or intrusion.

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Lavender is one of the most widely used flowers in beauty & wellness products, thanks to its unforgettable sweet smell and natural refreshing properties. It was an important trade commodity among the Egyptians and Romans because of its intrinsic goodness. Lavender extracts are used extensively in soaps, bath salts, body butters, shower gels and oils due to its anti-inflammatory properties. It balances oil secretions and is mainly used to soothe acne, relieve a person from dandruff & scalp infections due to unhealthy bacteria. It also boost skin rejuvenation owing to its high antioxidant content, boosts blood circulation and helps a person to relax, which naturally aids in the body’s healing process.

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Lavender is one of the most sought-after gardening plants due to its color & low-maintenance. Its grown extensively in France, infact Provence Lavender is named so because of its acres of lavender fields. The purple hues of these flowers are easy on the eyes and its fragrance is all you need to keep your spaces smelling heavenly. It’s a popular landscaping plant as well as it can stand excess heat & drought too. It also keeps mosquitoes, insects and unwanted pests away.

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Lavender is popular also because of its rustic attractiveness. It used in bridal in bouquets or other wedding décor to enhance the soothing vibe of the space. Infact weddings amidst the natural Lavender fields are very popular in France.  Using lavender in weddings is lucky and also a good remembrance as, it has long-lasting olfactory notes that stay with you, helping you recall memories with fondness. Lavender blossom is for soothing the mind especially when you’re distrustful and unable to sleep. A flower with many magickal properties, just spritz a few drops of its oil on your pillow and listen to secrets of the other world.

Deesha Kriplani is a Freelance Writer & Editor with creative interests in spirituality, food & fashion. Connect with her on https://deeshakriplani.wordpress.com/ 

Blessed Blossoms ~ Joyful Jasmines

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A tropical plant, the sweet smelling Jasmine flowers are pristine blossoms associated with sensual pleasures and romance. A popular offering to the planet Rahu or the north lunar node in Vedic Astrology, this blossom has multiple uses in wellness, medicine, magick, decor, and is an integral part of women’s dressing in India.

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The jasmine shrub grows in any soil, although its best found in places with a temperate climate. It comes alive especially in Spring and Summer and emits its inherent heady fragrance after sunset, when the moon and stars rise at night. It is for this reason that the Jasmine is nicknamed ‘Raat Rani’ or the Night Blossoming Queen of Flowers in India, as it literally comes alive in the darkness and draws people towards it with its magnetic smell. Its a fragrance that makes one think of romance and sensual pleasures amidst nature, its a flower for lovers secretly meeting in twilight  amidst forests and quaint coves. Snakes are also said to found near its shrubs and it is a flower used in many night worship rituals.

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Associated with Rahu or the north lunar node, its a popular offering for those seeking to please this Planet of Shadows  who grants boons of foreign travel, mysticism and supernatural. It is believed that Rahu can either plunge the devotee into an abyss of darkness or magnify him to princely glory depending on his/her karmas. Its also associated with the hidden trades – smuggling, drugs, cheaters and illegal matters. If well-placed it can benefit & protect the lower/backward classes or underdogs in society. Place a handful of jasmines near a Rahu yantra and pray in a foreign language (anything different from your mother/native tongue) to seek the grace of this planet and to remove unseen/dark hurdles from your life. Its also used in strings and garlands in many temples in Southeast Asia, especially  in Thailand its offered in shrines along with betelnut & tobacco for letting go of bad habits and addictions along with releasing toxic energies from the self.

 

It has multiple magickal properties and is used extensively in many Wiccan spells , tantric practices and pagan rituals. It grows in abundance as the moon waxes and its associated with all things romance and is dear to Goddesses Luna, Selene and Aphrodite. It has an enticing smell and is use in many Intention Setting & Attraction rituals for soul mate, spiritual love, good health, wealth charms and more – anything the heart desires.  It connects  one to the higher dimensions of spirit and enhances a person’s pure intent, compassion and finer qualities of Life. Dreaming of jasmines is said to indicate quick marriage and it also magnifies ones personal clairvoyance, guiding through prophetic dreams. It supports astral travel and boosts the rise of the kundalini energy in Tantra.

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Its extensively used in beauty & wellness products in the form of sachets, parfums, essential oils, skincare creams, shower gels and more. It boosts immunity, cures illnesses, boosts mental capacity, relieves depression, stress, insomnia and is also a potent aphrodisiac. It also gives respite to women from post-partum depression, aches, pains and is useful for curing sunstroke and sunburn to skin. Its extracts are also used in Chinese Medicine to cure a host of illnesses and infections in the eye and urinary tract.

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Jasmines are popular gardening plants, are found hanging in intertwined vines on archways of gardens, parks and wooden trellises of personal spaces. These are low-maintenance plants and can be grown in small earthen pots, as vines, as shrubs,  and decorative motifs. These magnify the sensuousness of the place, are highly ambient in feel and visually striking in nature. They are also kept as houseplants or office plants as they uplift the mood & senses in just few minutes with their soft creamy petals and energizing smell.

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Jasmines are also used in wedding decor and brides wear them in their hair for a successful union with their mate and to magnify their inter-personal chemistry. Indian women wear jasmines woven in delicate strands in their hairdos on special occasions and festivals to gain blessings of the Goddesses for themselves and their husbands and to remove off any evil eye and to enhance their vibes and induce calm into the relationship. Jasmines are innocent looking flowers, associated with the mysterious, unknown, unseen sides of nature. Gift them to a beloved to make a promise of love, sensual affections, divine connections and to guard your union from all kinds of harm.

Deesha Kriplani is a Freelance Writer & Editor with creative interests in spirituality, food & fashion. Connect with her on https://deeshakriplani.wordpress.com/ 

Blessed Blossoms ~ Loveliness of Lotus

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Naturally found in marshes and growing in abundance even in muddy ponds, the Lotus flower is considered the sacred flower of many Gurus or Ascended Masters.  It is a symbol of sanctity, willpower, and most importantly of awakening & rebirth. A popular offering to the Gods of all cultures, it has varied medicinal, culinary and beauty benefits.  Growing, harvesting and selling lotus blooms is also an important source of livelihood for many families in South-East Asia.

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The origin of this blossom can be traced back to almost every religion known to man. In Hinduism, it is believed that Lotus emerged from ‘The Preserver’ Lord Vishnu’s navel and on it gracefully sits ‘The Creator’ of the Universe Lord Brahma. Mahalakshmi or the Goddess of Wealth enjoys standing on a pink lotus and is often portrayed as pouring gold coins from her palms. Saraswati or “the Goddess of Knowledge” is found seated on a white lotus while she blesses her devotees with gifts of knowledge, art & music.

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Even in Buddhism, the Lotus is highly revered and represents all the teachings of ‘The Enlightened One’ Gautam Buddha in the holy text Lotus Sutra. It is an important part of all prayer ceremonies in Asian communities  and each of its hues represent a different attribute – white for the silent state of Bodhi, red for love & compassion , blue for wisdom, pink for enlightenment and golden represents the knowledge of the realms & worlds beyond. Egyptians consider lotus as a symbol of the sun & rebirth while in Islam, a person who dies during the purification prior to his pilgrimage, he/she is bathed in waters perfumed by its petals.

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What makes the Lotus so dear to spirituality is the beautiful qualities it represents. The lotus joyfully blooms in the murkiest of waters and yet remains fragrant, its petals remain clean & untouched by dirt, and it retains its purity even in slimy swamp conditions. It teaches us to remain rooted & grounded wherever we are and in touch with our sanctity while we play our role in the cosmos. It reminds us to remain unsoiled and humble within while we ascend looking outwards towards the sun & remain constant as we encounter myriad experiences with other beings.

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The lotus also symbolizes The Heart Chakra, the 4th Energy Centre in the subtle body of every being. Its believed that the heart unfolds like the gradual opening of the lotus petals, as we learn to forgive, grow in love & compassion and rediscover the innocence within, the true nature of our soul…pure & divine. The Lotus is also used to represent the 7 chakras with different number of petals and colors, with the thousand petaled lotus being the Sahasrara or the Crown chakra, representing nirvana or the ultimate union of energies.

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Many artists have tried to capture its earthy beauty through their works, and it majorly appears in many Asian creations, paintings, mosaics, glass paintings, and even sculptural representations in religious idols, temple walls, mandalas, monasteries and even palatial structures. The lotus blossom is also popular in jewelry designs, mystic totems, charms and tattoos.

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The lotus blossom is found in many wellness spaces as decor and as part of skin, body and soul therapy. Its extracts are used in parfum oils, body washes, scrubs, soaps and even in pot pourri. Lotus extracts carry purifying, hydrating and nourishing qualities as its packed with natural antioxidants, Vitamins A,B and C. Using lotus based products or using its extracts in a hair rinse can improve hair elasticity, strength and volume.

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Lotus stems are edible and considered a delicacy lovingly cooked by chefs and homemakers around the globe. Crunchy in texture and earthy in taste, many popular recipes include lotus root chips, healthy salads, tangy pickles,  seafood accompaniments and vegetable curries. It has multiple health benefits – consuming it can cure digestion, stimulate blood circulation,regulate B.P, control weight and also strengthen the heart.

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Lotus leaves, pods, seeds and petals are also essential to herbal medicine. They are used to cure a host of illnesses including premature ejaculation, diarrhea,  sunstroke and fever. Lotus tea is brewed and consumed by many people who are seeking respite from anxiety, stomach ailments, heat, restlessness and hemorrhages.

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The lotus flower is also a favorite for floral arrangements in wedding decorations. A single lotus or many lotuses in different hues are often used as a bridal bouquet as they represent grace, perfection, purity, devotion and divine beauty. As an offering or personal motif it indicates a person attempting to change his/her habits and transforming his shadows to light. Stay humble, innocent & untouched by maya while blossoming towards the Sun, remains the message to mankind by the lovely lotus.

Deesha Kriplani is a Freelance Writer & Editor with creative interests in spirituality, food & fashion. Connect with her on https://deeshakriplani.wordpress.com/ 

 

Blessed Blossoms ~ Pretty as Peonies

The National Flower of China, a staple in bridal ceremonies, a symbol of bashfulness, a natural cure for many physical ailments, here’s to the prettiness of Peonies.

Ancient folklore and legend has it that this flower gets its name from Paeon a mortal student of the Greek God of Healing & Medicine Ascelpius, who became wrathful of his student’s brilliance. Zeus saved  Paeon by giving him the form of the Peony flower and thus saved him from the natural human death, thus immortalizing him as a pretty blossom. -a deep act of compassion of a God. Peonies are also connected with Venus, the planet of love and make a great Feng Shui charm for attracting love and marriage when they or their image is placed in the south-west.

Many myths and legends surround peonies and in the Secret Language of  Flowers, peonies symbolize bashfulness, shame and compassion. Its believed that shy  & mischievous nymphs often hide from humans by taking refuge behind its soft & full petals. Peonies are also associated with money, prosperity and abundance since they have very round & lush petals which appear to be enclosed in thousands in its soft bud. Its petals, powdered buds, stems and root are often carried for good luck.

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The Chinese especially, have a deep appreciation and love for this flower and have given it the honor of being the National Flower of their Republic. It was believed that only Royal Dynasties and Emperors can own them and hence peonies represent nobility & grandeur.

Peonies have multiple healing, medicinal and beauty benefits. In Chinese medicine especially, the peony root is beneficial for treating a host of ailments in women like menstrual cramps, fertility issues and even cure abortion. Peony extracts also treat wrinkles, breathing ailments, stomach ailments, osteoarthritis, chronic fatigue and lots more.

Peonies are also popular because of their subtle scent and used in many skin rituals, parfum oils, soaps and make-up products. Scientifically speaking, they contain  paeoniflorin, which is rich in antioxidants that reverse the signs of ageing, by activating the skin’s natural defense mechanism and bring out its youthfulness from the core.

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Peonies also have many magickal properties. In medieval times, petals of these flowers were scattered on pillows and faces of lunatics in mental asylums to cure them of lunacy. These are also used in many shamanic rituals to ward off evil spirits, exorcism rites to remove negative cords and also for protecting children from all kinds of evil eye. Their extracts are used in energized oils for protection, breaking hexes and traveling safely through storms. They are also a popular gardening plant.

Many Asian artists have tried to capture the playfulness & prettiness of its blooms in art. They are popular motifs in ceramic works, glass paintings, porcelain, embroidery, and decor in many temples, monastery gardens and palatial spaces.

Peonies are popular for floral decorations, wedding arrangements and bridal bouquets as they are a good omen for a successful & happy marriage and fertility. A mix of pink peonies and red ones are a favored choice for couple unions as pink represent affection &  romance while red represent honor, respect and abundance. White peonies represent shame or shyness of having embarrassed yourself or expressing regret over something silly. Offer white peonies to convey a sincere apology and begin anew with purity & innocence.

 

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Its said, peonies can live for a thousand years if undisturbed. And despite their full & loose petals they are closely knit together denoting inner strength and promises that are deep rooted. Next time you have something sweet to express or want to kiss and make up – just bring some peonies.

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Eco-friendly News – Green Initiatives by Apple Inc, Cape Town Tuk-tuks and State of Arizona

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Tech Giant Apple Inc has started use of 80% recycled paper bags nd ditched its use of plastic bags. The note advises Apple employees to ask the customer if they would like a bag before giving them one. If Apple stores still have plastic bags in stock, they will use those before switching to the paper bags. Read the complete details on CNBC

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Tuk-tuks will soon become a common mode of transport in Cape Town. A tender has been issued for the provision of tuk-tuk public transport services. Preference will be given to bidders offering environmentally friendly tuk-tuks.there will be 80 operating licenses, according to the mayoral committee member for transport, Brett Herron who confirmed, ” Bidders with environmentally friendly tuk-tuks will therefore receive bonus points during the bidding process.” Read the complete details on BD Live.

Eco-friendly burials are on the rise in Arizona in the United States. Green burials can be done in a variety of ways. Generally, workers will place the deceased in a biodegradable container, such as a cardboard box, instead of a traditional coffin. The bodies are not embalmed, and they are not clothed with any material that is not biodegradable, such as rubber shoes or metal buckles. Alternatively, workers can shroud the bodies in different types of greenery to help the breakdown process. “It’s a choice that people are making,” said Bill Gabriel, the funeral home director and embalmer at Sunwest. “Unlike a traditional burial or cremation, this probably has the least effect on the environment, and it’ s a natural way of going back to the Earth.” Read the complete details on Cronkite News

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Blessed Blossoms ~ Romance of Roses

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Associated with Egyptian Goddess Isis, Greek Goddess Aphrodite, Indian Goddess Lakshmi and the celestial planet Venus – Roses are an eternal symbol of Love & Beauty.

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Since ancient times its the muse of poets, storytellers, musicians, painters, photographers and mystics. Through words, art, songs and through myriad creative expressions, these artists have attempted to capture the lilting smell, the silky texture of its petals, the soft bud, the thorny stem and all its wonderful curves & contrasts. And yet; nothing compares to the feeling of holding an actual rose blossom in your hand – its fragility & fragrance instantly captures the heart. Roses are more than just objects of beauty – they have many healing, nurturing, wellness qualities which have made them indispensable to mankind.

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Since ancient times, rose water has been used in religious ceremonies & numerous spa rituals. Just a few drops of rose water are believed to purify the spaces they are sprinkled in and these are often used specifically in shrines as an offering to deities to please them and gain blessings for matters of the heart. Rose garlands are worn by priests and devotees, and roses are often placed near altars to magnify higher energies of love to all those who enter religious premises.

 

Rose water is great for cleansing the skin after a hard day’s work and it also keeps skin toned & firm in the long run, naturally preventing signs of ageing. Rose petals are often just immersed in water bowls or bath  used for foot therapies along with other ingredients as they are very cool & soothing in nature. Roses have a distinct fragrance which immediately revitalizes the senses.

 

Its extracts are used in countless attars, perfumes, body washes, soaps, hair oils, bath salts, scrubs and many wellness recipes. It instantly evokes feelings of love, sensual pleasures & romance. Anointing your candle with rose parfum or oil is believed to attract true love. Also apply a few drops on your pulse points and the heart chakra to experience amorous interludes with potential mates or your beloved.

Rose extracts are also beneficial for health and used in many food & drink recipes. Sweets,cupcakes, tarts, desserts, ice-creams, squashes, herbal teas are some popular examples. Scientifically speaking, roses contain high amounts of Vitamin C, antioxidants, bioflavonoids and are believed to be natural anti-depressants, aphrodisiacs, digestive stimulants and great for regulating menstrual cycles in women.

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In many alchemical traditions especially Bach Flower remedies,  wild roses are believed to cure apathy and evoke feelings of love and compassion in a stony or untrusting person with its lilting fragrance. It can help couples conceive and its one of the reasons why rose petals are often strewn over the bed of newly married couples and those on honeymoon.

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In pop culture and special days such as Valentine’s Day, roses are a popular gift with special symbolism associated with them. Yellow roses are for friendship, pink ones for affection, red roses for love & passion, white represent innocence & purity and orange/peach petals for energy & creativity.

Whether its for your spaces, yourself, innovative recipes, for a lover or just for invoking Divine love energies, roses are sacred & special. The rose flower has many benefits for heart, mind, body and soul which make it indispensable in our lives.

Deesha Kriplani is a Freelance Writer & Editor with creative interests in spirituality, food & fashion. Connect with her on https://deeshakriplani.wordpress.com/ 

 

Eco-Friendly News -Green fashion from around the World

Leading Global brand H & M has unveiled a new collection of Wedding Dresses which are made from eco-friendly fabrics and are also quite affordable. These timelessly weave the latest trends with environment-friendly textiles. The designers reveal the aesthetic behind these creations – for traditionalists, a high-neck lace gown with long romantic sleeves created from organic silk and viscose. For unconventional free-spirited bohemian brides, art deco-like embellishments made of recycled mixed glass and rhinestones. Read the complete details on The Upcoming UK.

Shield your eyes from the Summer glare with sustainable glasses based in California. Woodwear which makes frames from zebra wood and bamboo. ZEAL optics uses plant-based materials such as castor bean oil, biodegradable acetate, and Ellume in all its sunglass frames and lenses. Dizm Eyewear features eye frames made from plant-based BioSan plastic, which is biodegradable, recyclable, compostable, and renewable. If you choose from its line of Eco lenses, those are also made from 50% renewable plant-based plastic. Browse through their designs and find the rest of the details on Tree Hugger.

At a recent Beauty Pageant, Miss Cheltenham 2016, the contestants had to show off dresses they had put together themselves out of recycled materials. The stand out contestant in this round was Jessica Hutchins and her dress made out of old ties which not only fitted her perfectly with an expertly formed shape to it, it also had a subtle and elegant colour scheme of blues and greens. Read the complete details on Gloucestershire Echo UK.

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