Floral Aromatherapy 101

I have candles burning in my home almost 24/7.  I just love trying different scents- floral or otherwise.  I am always amused by the candles that get a comment from my kids- they usually aren’t the ones I thought they would like. 

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Aroma-therapy is a natural healing alternative which uses the power hidden in oils extracted from flowers, herbs, fruits other plants and even trees! Considered the essence or soul of the plant, essential oils provide a variety of therapeutic benefits. The benefits of burning aromatherapy candles may be experienced when essential oils are inhaled. Essential oils act on the olfactory  nerves which lead from the nose to the brain. Essential oils contain antibacterial properties and also may contain antibiotic, antiviral, and other therapeutic properties. Aromatherapy is holistic therapy for your mind, body, and spirit. Essential oils are organic and act in harmony with the body, providing well-being and balance. What’s not to love about it!

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Flowers can symbolize nearly anything. From true love to……

Flowers can symbolize nearly anything. From true love to royalty to “can’t we just be friends?” flowers have been mankind’s way of saying what sometimes just can’t -or shouldn’t- be said. In addition to each flower having potentially dozens of meanings specific to the flower type, there can also be dozens of meanings due to each individual color. Therefore, a single flower can have hundreds of different meanings. Meanings of the flower can also vary by region, size or even due to historical beliefs. This post will help you understand the many different color meanings of flowers.

What Do Red Flowers Mean?

  Red flowers, like all flowers, have dozens of different meanings. They can mean love and desire, confidence, courage, beauty, vitality and strength. They can also mean courage and passion.

  Popular red flowers include roses, carnations, morning glories, day lilies, hibiscus, peonies, mums, geraniums, poppies, tulips, and azaleas.

What Do Orange Flowers Mean?

  Orange flowers are often used as a symbol of warmth, enthusiasm, endurance, confidence, energy, vitality and satisfaction. They are also a common symbol of passion for all things life.

  Popular orange flowers include Gerbera daisies, pansies, day lilies, tulips, butterfly weeds, Chinese lanterns, poppies, lilies, impatiens, roses, chrysanthemums and Mexican sunflowers.

What Do Yellow Flowers Mean?

  Yellow is most well-known as a symbol of friendship. However, yellow flowers can also represent joy, new beginnings, intellectual energy, happiness and lightheartedness.

  Popular yellow flowers include daffodils, witch hazel, roses, marigolds, irises, day lilies, black-eyed susan, sunflowers, golden rods and azaleas.

What Do Green Flowers Mean?

  It is no surprise that green flowers are a symbol of life, new beginnings, springtime, nature and youth. They can also represent health or resilience against illness as well as good fortune, fertility, well being, renewal and optimism.

  Popular green flowers** include chrysanthemums, roses, carnations, hydrangea, cymbidium orchids and spider chrysanthemums. (**Author’s Note: Some of these flowers are actually dyed green at local florists).

What Do Blue Flowers Mean?

  Blue is the universal color of peace, so it is no surprise that blue flowers calm worries and represent peace. Blue flowers can also represent an open mind, youth, an overall feeling of peacefulness, truth and serenity.

  Popular blue flowers include morning glories, lupines, salvias, balloon flowers, poppies, grape hyacinths, cornflower, and ageratum.

What Do Lavender Flowers Mean?

  Though technically a shade of purple, lavender is in a league all it’s own. Lavender flowers are a representation of adult or grown-up femininity. They are a symbol of grace, elegance, refinement, preciousness and delicateness.

  Popular lavender flowers include English lavender, lavenders, irises, calla lilies, bell flowers, roses, and hyacinths.

What Do Purple Flowers Mean?

  Purple is another color that is well-known as a symbol of royalty. Purple flowers can also represent dignity, mystery, success, magic and pride. Overall, this color represents admiration and accomplishment.

  Popular purple flowers include irises, alliums, salvias, petunias, columbines, violets, hydrangeas, roses, lilies, orchids, magnolias, pansies, poppies and geraniums.

What Do Pink Flowers Mean?

  Happiness, grace, and gentility are all associated with pink flowers. Pink flowers can also represent love, joy, beauty, youth and innocence.

  Popular pink flowers include roses, petunias, foxgloves, begonias, primroses, hyacinths, cherry blossoms, cosmos, geraniums, and bleeding hearts.

What Do White Flowers Mean?

  As with many other colors, white has a variety of meanings. White flowers are most famous as a symbol of innocence and purity. However, white flowers can also represent simple beauty, elegance, modesty and even cleanliness.

  Popular white flowers include roses, calla lilies, geraniums, magnolias, daffodils, Queen Anne’s Lace, baby’s breath, petunias, begonias, hyacinths, poppies, pansies, daisies, and orchids.

June Birth Flower~The Rose

Love, passion, beauty and perfection. The rose is rich with history and meaning. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, presented a rose to Eros, and Cleopatra lured Mark Antony with a room knee-deep in rose petals. Named for the Latin word rosa which means red.

Some say love, it is a river
That drowns the tender reed.
Some say love, it is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love, it is a hunger,
An endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower,
And you its only seed.

It’s the heart afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance.
It’s the dream afraid of waking
That never takes the chance.
It’s the one who won’t be taken,
Who cannot seem to give,
And the soul afraid of dyin’
That never learns to live.

When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long,
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong,
Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun’s love
In the spring becomes the rose.

-Bette Midler