Sunday, 17 May 2009

Flowers: The Blossoms Of Thought And Peace

The 21st century, at the height of the world’s technological
development, is seeing a reverse trend towards nature. It could
be that humans, themselves natural creatures, find revulsion in
a life dominated by modern tools and seek a return to their own
roots. It could also be that a return to nature is a concession
that perhaps technology is not always the better of the two.
Flowers, while a minute part of nature, play a large role in
natural therapies. The study of flower therapy has shown that
not only the scents, but also the colors, of our favorite
blooms affect us positively. This science is known as flower
therapy, and extends to categories as aromatherapy, as many of
the essential oils we know and love are made from flower
extracted oils. Keep in mind then, that whether you are trying
to win over a beauty’s heart, or heal wounds of the heart,
flowers are a great start exactly because of their aesthetics
and scents, which are far more pervasive than we imagine.

Flower remedy had its beginnings in ancient civilizations, and
is currently making a strong comeback. The idea behind it is
the natural ability of flowers to help us feel better,
ultimately helping to treat and prevent diseases. Maladies that
have shown to be improved via flower therapy include depression,
stress, menstrual cramps, and fatigue. Biologically, there is as
yet no clear explanation of how positive effects take place, but
it is thought that neurochemicals in our brains are released by
the stimulation of flowers’ colors and scents, affecting
negative emotions. When negative emotions like fear and anxiety
are decreased, our immune systems strengthen. This theory is as
difficult to prove as it is to disprove, yet a point strongly
in favor of the theory is that it is a known fact that when we
are emotionally feeling vulnerable and weak, our chances of
falling physically ill increase. The sight and smell of
flowers, especially when received as a gorgeous bouquet, help
brighten moods, and the positive effect remains as long as the
flowers are blooming. As common as flowers are after lovers’
fights or hospital stays, flowers never become common
themselves. This is because they truly manage to inspire
calmness and happiness which helps us to overcome the emotional
distresses that keep us down.

The first thing we always notice about flowers is the
appearance. Be it a joyously bright bouquet, or a quiet pastel
one, the colors grasp our attention and our emotions. Colors
are made of light-wave frequencies, and these frequencies
travel down the optic nerve into the brain. There is evidence
that different light-waves can cause the production of hormones
in our body, which, depending on the frequency, can calm,
stimulate, or improve our moods. This being the case, choosing
your flower colors carefully can directly influence the
emotions of the receiver. Red, for instance, is known to spur
adrenaline, which raises energy levels. Perhaps the notion of
the red rose leading to passion is more than just flower
language – the sight of the red rose may very well lead to
feelings of passion. Yellow, which we associate with day and
sunlight, helps us feel optimistic. Yellow flowers, such as
sunflowers, are wonderful gifts for hospital visits. Blue stirs
melatonin production, which yields relaxation and desire for
sleep. If you need to calm an angry lover down, bluebells are a
safe bet! Violet stimulates the pituitary gland, which decreases
stress. Giving lilacs to your favorite actress before her grand
debut may very well calm her nerves, but not her feelings her
you. Color is a constant factor in our lives – a house is not a
home until the walls are painted the right colors; we feel extra
confident when the color of our outfit complements our beauty.
In the same vein, a bouquet’s colors are powerful enough to
change emotions.

The sense of smell may not catch sight of a bouquet as quickly
as our eyes, but may very well have a stronger influence over
our emotions. The part of our brain interpreting emotions is
the same part which interprets the olfactory sense. Scents and
mood are closely tied; a smell often brings back memories,
which inevitably bring up feelings – good or bad, depending on
the association. Thanks to the delightful smell of flowers,
they more often than not overflow us with positive emotions and
memories. The scents of flowers are widely used in aromatherapy,
and can have both physical and emotional effects. Jasmine is
known to influence both body and mind; women impatient to go
into labor smell jasmine, as it may be linked to causing
contractions, and if a new mom gets the baby blues, the scent
of jasmine is thought to help deal with depression. Lavender
helps to relax and calm, and perhaps next door to the laboring
woman smelling jasmine to speed up her contractions, there will
be a woman smelling lavender to soothe her strong contractions.
Geraniums, whose scent is hated by insects (thus great for
those mosquito-infested summer nights), provide anxiety relief
to humans (perhaps by getting rid of pests?). The delicate and
beloved scent of roses helps ward off depression and restores
energy.

As two are stronger than one, combining color and scent in a
bouquet for therapeutic effect makes the gift of flowers very
strong. Not only the thrill of receiving flowers is felt, but
also the more subtle emotional effects caused by the colors and
scents of the flowers. Of all the gifts we choose to give, it
cannot be denied that flowers are the most emotional: we give
them for momentous occasions in life, and it is not by chance.
Flowers happily play with our emotions, changing them for the
better. We are affected physically and emotionally by the sight
and smell of flowers. When appropriate words just won’t fall
from our lips, either in wonderful or terrible situations,
flowers will more than do the job for us, and speak volumes
through their appearance and perfume, perhaps making a stronger
impression than any words could make.


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