April Showers bring…
Wish my home was a flower garden. Imagine life as a butterfly floating and fluttering wherever the air brings You
My garden would be
Lilacs are among my favorites. (Isn’t it hard to pick 1 type of flower? What is your favorite?) i could go for some intoxicating Lilac Liquor (aromatherapy) right now. i LOVE the scent of Lilac. What scents do You like?(…actually, i prefer “common”…sense!:)
P.s. this post is NOT promoting aromatherapy (and/or drinking)…just discussing it (aromatherapy).
Two basic mechanisms are offered to explain the purported effects. One is the influence of aroma on the brain, especially the limbic system through the olfactory system. The other is the direct pharmacological effects of the essential oils. While precise knowledge of the synergy between the body and aromatic oils is often claimed by aromatherapists, the efficacy of aromatherapy remains unproven. However, some preliminary clinical studies of aromatherapy in combination with other techniques show positive effects. Aromatherapy does not cure conditions, but helps the body to find a natural way to cure itself and improve immune response. ~Wikipedia
Wouldn’t it be cool technology IF we could some how attach fragrances (i.e. Lilacs) to our posts?? Kinda like a scratch and sniff thing…is there an app for that…yet? It would be a fun feature except if you had allergies. Some parfum et eau de toilette too overpowering and distressing to those who suffer with allergies and asthma. Please, be mindful of other Breathing-Fragile-Life IF You choose to wear or bathe in the stuff.
What are essential oils?
Essential oils are concentrated extracts taken from the roots, leaves, seeds, or blossoms of plants. Each contains its own mix of active ingredients, and this mix determines what the oil is used for. Some oils are used to promote physical healing — for example, to treat swelling or fungal infections. Others are used for their emotional value — they may enhance relaxation or make a room smell pleasant. Orange blossom oil, for example, contains a large amount of an active ingredient that is thought to be calming.
Should anyone avoid aromatherapy?
Pregnant women, people with severe asthma, and people with a history of allergies should only use essential oils under the guidance of a trained professional and with full knowledge of your physician.
Pregnant women and people with a history of seizures should avoid hyssop oil.
People with high blood pressure should avoid stimulating essential oils, such as rosemary and spike lavender.
People with estrogen dependent tumors (such as breast or ovarian cancer) should not use oils with estrogen like compounds such as fennel, aniseed, sage, and clary-sage.
People receiving chemotherapy should talk to their doctor before trying aromatherapy.
Although essential oils have been used for centuries, few studies have looked the safety and effectiveness of aromatherapy in people. Scientific evidence is lacking, and there are some concerns about the safety and quality of certain essential oils. More research is needed before aromatherapy becomes a widely accepted alternative remedy.
(The) “poet’s narcissus….But poets aren’t the only ones who have taken note of its beauty. In ancient Rome rulers once used yellow narcissi to salute their victorious warriors. And in Prussia, the narcissus was a symbol of love and happiness. Today, communities throughout the world continue to laud the beauty of the flower at annual festivals and celebrations.”
“However, the narcissus is much more than a pretty flower. The name narcissus is related to the Greek word narka’o, meaning “to be stupefied.” Could narcissi actually produce such an effect? When these flowers are in bloom in the Valley of Narcissi, visitors can be somewhat overpowered or even feel slightly intoxicated!”
“The narcotic effects of the scent have led some to attribute curative powers to the flower. The Arabs used narcissus oil to treat baldness, while the French used it to treat epilepsy and hysteria. Today, narcissus oil is used in perfumes and, in its purified form, in aromatherapy.”
“Where is this beautiful display? In the Valley of Narcissi—a nature reserve near Khust, in Western Ukraine. Here vast fields of wild narcissi are found. Although more than 400 plant species grow in the valley, the narcissus is king.” ~The Valley of Blossoming Beauty
“Everything he has made pretty in its time.”—Ecclesiastes 3:11.
Do You notice patterns? Patterns are everywhere. People live patterns. People create patterns. People break patterns. People sow patterns. People reap patterns. Patterns beget patterns. We all do well to examine our personal patterns. Positive? Negative? Healthy? Unhealthy? Spiritual? Material? (Are you forming a spiral?!) Are Your patterns a sequence of compassion??
Have you heard of the 13th-century Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci?? Of course, you’ve heard of the Golden Angle?? (enJOYed these points a while ago):
“Most plants form new organs such as stems, leaves, and flowers from a tiny central growing point called a meristem. Each new structure, called a primordium, develops and grows out from the center in a new direction, forming an angle with the previous growth Most plants arrange new growths at a unique angle that produces spirals. What angle is it?”
“Consider this challenge: Imagine trying to engineer a plant so that new growths are compactly arranged around the growing point with no wasted space. Suppose you chose to make each new primordium grow out at an angle of two fifths of a revolution from the previous growth. You would have the problem of every fifth primordium growing from the same spot and in the same direction. They would form rows with wasted space between the rows. The truth is, any simple fraction of a revolution results in rows rather than optimal packing. Only what has been termed the “golden angle” of approximately 137.5 degrees results in an ideally compact arrangement of growths. What makes this angle so special?”
“The golden angle is ideal because it cannot be expressed as a simple fraction of a revolution. The fraction 5/8 is close to it, 8/13 is closer, and 13/21 is closer still, but no fraction exactly expresses the golden proportion of a revolution. Thus, when a new growth on the meristem develops at this fixed angle with respect to the preceding growth, no two growths will ever develop in exactly the same direction. Consequently, instead of forming radial arms, the primordia form spirals.”
“Interestingly, the number of spirals that result from growth based on the golden angle is usually a number from a series called the Fibonacci sequence…each number after 1 is equal to the sum of the previous two numbers—1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, and so on.”
“The flowers of many plants that exhibit a spiral growth pattern often have a Fibonacci number of petals. According to some observers, there is a tendency for buttercups to have 5 petals, bloodroots 8, fireweeds 13, asters 21, common field daisies 34, and Michaelmas daisies 55 or 89.”
“What makes plants form new growths precisely at this intriguing angle? Many people conclude that this is but another example of intelligent design in living things.” ~Excerpt from: Intriguing Patterns in Plants
The Flower by Lord Alfred TennysonOnce in a golden hour I cast to earth a seed. Up there came a flower, The people said, a weed.
To and fro they went Thro’ my garden bower, And muttering discontent Cursed me and my flower.
Then it grew so tall It wore a crown of light, But thieves from o’er the wall Stole the seed by night.
Sow’d it far and wide By every town and tower, Till all the people cried, “Splendid is the flower!”
Read my little fable: He that runs may read. Most can raise the flowers now, For all have got the seed.
And some are pretty enough, And some are poor indeed; And now again the people Call it but a weed.
Winifred, J. (2013). April Showers bring…. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 5, 2015, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/wellness/2013/04/april-showers-bring/