Diamonds are a woman’s best friend. If so, then flowers are her soul mate. Imagine a world with no flowers!! How lonely it would be. When words fail to express, Gods, Deities, and Planet Earth say it with flowers. The beauty, softness, appeal and touch of human emotions in a conversation are all expressed by flowers. They speak the thousand words which we fail to do so. They are not just beauty personified,their utility is beyond imagination.
Here Are Some Amazing Facts About Flowers Available And Used For All Occasions.
Nelumbo nucifera, also known as Indian lotus, sacred lotus, bean of India, Egyptian bean or simply lotus. The Lotus is a symbol of purity. It is all the more admirable, since it blooms in murky ponds and stands out with all its pride and beauty. It blooms at the dawn of the sun’s rays and closes when the sun sets. In many homes the Lotus is fondly grown and is very revered. A sight to behold, this heavenly flower is a must for every special occasion. The presence of the Lotus in a home symbolizes wealth and peace.
The lotus flower stem has many edible uses. The stem is cut into thin round slices and dipped in salt syrup and dried and fried. In South India this is a popular accompaniment with coffee. The lotus in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines has found an important place and is believed to cure insomnia.
Jasmine flowers or Jasminum are known for their exotic fragrance. There are 200 varieties of jasmines. The fresh and gorgeous Jasmine flowers are the pride of India. Their use is more famous for their fragrance and devotional adornment as garlands around the deities in the temples of South India. The fragrance is so renowned and irresistible that fragrance sticks lit for the Gods in temples and homes are made of this fragrance. A large number of varieties of the Jasmine are grown in the gardens of individual homes in India. On her wedding day, the bride is bedecked with Jasmine flowers to mark the special occasion.
The Jasmine is exported from India to United Arab Emirates like Jeddah, Doha and Sharjah. The jasmine tea is famous amongst the Chinese as a de stress therapy. Spa’s widely advocate the use of Jasmine in their aroma therapy. The Jasmine oil is widely used as an antidepressant and in de-stress therapy to aid good sleep.
One of the most popular flowering bushes all over India is the Hibiscus. Their attractive myriad of colors makes it a must for every household to plant this joyous plant in their homes. They are easily grown in pots and adorn terraces and make every space a landmark by their presence. The flowers are offered as symbols of worship in Goddess Durga and Ganesh temples all over India. The flowers bloom and whither on the same day. The Hibiscus has however found a very important place in the field of healthcare. The hibiscus tea is famous as an antidepressant aid. Soaking of the flowers overnight in water and having the water the next day in 3 to 4 cups at regular intervals cures urinary disease. While the leaves and the flowers crushed into a fine paste are used as hair shampoos, they serve as an excellent hair conditioner and help in prevention of premature greying of hair.
The common name, “sunflower”, typically refers to the popular annual species Helianthus annuus, or the common sunflower. In India this flower is recognized as an oil seed crop and is cultivated for commercial purpose of extracting the sunflower oil. Sunflowers can be processed into a peanut butter alternative, sunflower butter. Oil is extracted from the seeds and is used in cooking. The cake remaining after extracting the seeds for oil is used as livestock feed. Spiritualists believe that the sunflower symbolizes the strength and power of the sun.
The Marigold flowers typically known by their botanical name calendula officinalis are native to India and are grown throughout the country, during all the seasons of the year. They are versatile garden plants and can be easily grown in pots or flat land soil. The marigold is a cheerful ball of orange and yellow and is used as an adornment garland for the Deities, to decorate the doorways during festivals, used in rangolis to add that sparkle of attraction.
Their medicinal value is indisputable. Marigold tea is a blood purifier and an effective control for diarrhea. The tea is prepared by using only dried flowers of the plant and boiling it in water- about a tablespoonful and allowing the dried flower petals to settle at the bottom of your tea pot. Make your regular tea with this decoction and have it regularly. Marigold has found its place in the healthcare and beauty industry too. A spoonful of fresh marigold flower petals soaked in warm water and crushed and used as a paste on the face helps to reduce an oily complexion. Today, the marigold is a family member in every household in India.
The Rose is as old as mankind and is believed to be in existence for the past 5000 years.
It is an ornamental plant and symbolizes universal love. The rose has an omnipotent presence and is a suitable gift for every occasion. While it is used to express love and bring on a cheer and smile upon a sick or sad face, the rose is considered as a companion or soulmate of the human fraternity. The rose symbolizes softness and womanhood. It hence found a prominent presence in the cosmetic and health industry. Spa’s today boast of using the rose oil for aromatic therapy and the massage of rose oil is inevitable in reducing stress and hypertension. Indian and Middle east cuisines draw a large list of palatable dishes made from rose essence and flavors and the rose water. The Hyderabadi Biryani, the famous Ramzan Kheer are never complete without the use of the rose water and rose essence. The famous rose attar or fragrance is a total show stealer at every packed Indian wedding hall. The auspicious rose water sprinkle completes the grandeur of a Royal Wedding.
Dahlias are believed to have originated in Mexico in the 1525 and was declared the national flower too. They are popular for their vibrant and soft colors. They are seasonal in their variety and are available from June to October. The Dahlias are in huge demand by the textile industry and are used for natural dyeing. Dahlias are used in spas for aroma therapy. Last but not the least, the Dahlia is upheld for its elegance and its ability to stand aloft with its myriad of colors.The dahlias are an excellent ornamental plant used in landscaped gardens of important State buildings as the Mughal Garden of Rashtrapathi Bhavan – New Delhi- India.