A herb favoured for the qualities which it's common name indicates (reducer of fevers), Feverfew has been used for various issues, usually of the head and is a modern herbal remedy for migraine. Magickally, carrying the plant on your person is a guard against accidents and viral illnesses.
To give to another indicates a pledge of protection.
bunches of blessings,
IMAGE: Flora Flower, Cheralyn Darcey (2017)
Feverfew: Flore médicale, vol. 4: t. 227, Chaumeton, F.P., (1830)
*information for educational purposes only.
Never take or use any botanical material topically unless under the direct supervision of a registered professional.
Although Jonquil are one of the traditional 'bringers of spring', they actually mean desire and power and also endings, both wanted and otherwise. They assist with the passage of change and are lovely way to indicate that you return the desires of another. Perhaps so you may make way for a little change. ;)
Flora Flower, Cheralyn Darcey
The Florist, A. Heckle (1757)
Each fortnight I have a chat with Sonya Feldhoff on ABC Radio about the botanical history of a different flower. We explore their origins, the myths and folklore surrounding them, correspondences which may be of interest to the listeners as well as medicinal, culinary, cosmetic and magickal uses of each.
At present, I'm getting a lot of email asking for more information about these flowers and I thought I'd open up a few blog posts so we have a place to keep this information. I will come back and add to these posts over time so if you are intetesed in a particular flower, you may wish to bookmark it.
This week, Violets (Viola) because we had such an interest in the connections of these and The Emperor Napoleon and Empress Josephine.
All violets: modesty, “pure and sweet art thou’”
Sweet (Blue): faithfulness
Dames Violet: Watchfulness
Dog’s Violet: First love
Purple Violet: You occupy my thoughts
White violet: purity of sentiment
Yellow violet: rare worth and rural happiness
50th Anniversary Flower (as are Yellow Roses)
Day of the Week ~ Thursday
a Zodiac Flower of those born under Pisces, Libra, Capricorn or Taurus
The official flower of the USA State of New Jersey
Myths & Folklore:
Cupid loved violets (which were originally all white) and the Goddess Venus, in a fit of meanest turned them blue after he told her they were even more beautiful than her, so they wouldn’t be so lovely.Zeus had a mistress named Io and so he could hide her from his wife, he turned her into a cow and created violets for her to eat as they are so lovely.
An old Greek belief is that it is an indication that the deceased had settled into paradise if violet, marjoram or rose grow particularly well on their grave.
In England it was believed to be very unlucky to pick the very first violets of spring. You must wait until there at least 12.
Wearing a wreath of violets will prevent deception. Southern England.
In many Northern European cultures they are thought to foretell misfortune. If taken into a house, they would cause bad luck or if taken into barn or heinous, for al the animals to die.
During the European Plague it was strongly believed that their scent attracted fleas and so this may account for these superstitions.
To dream of violets is a good sign meaning a change in luck for the better or advancement. It can also mean you will marry someone younger than you!
Most types originate from the Northern Hemisphere but there are species found in Australia, the Pacific and even South America.
During the First World War, 2nd July was proclaimed as ‘Violet Day’ in Australia and small posies and badges were sold to raise funds to assist the families of the fallen and those who returned. This tradition continued until 1928.
The Purple Violet was the symbol for the city of Athen over 2,000 years ago.
They were favourite of the Empress Josephine and Napoleon had them planted on her grave. Violets were adopted as the symbol of the Imperial Napoleonic Party and when Napoleon was sent into exile he famously said he was return with the violets of spring. He was toasted by his supporters in secret as ‘Caporal Violette’ On his death, a locket was found containing a lock of Josephine's hair and pressed violets.
Medicinal Folk Remedies:
The scent is said to sooth headache, induce sleep and peacefulness. Wearing them is suppose to prevent dizziness, to comfort a broken heart and to calm ones temper.
The Ancient Greeks made wreaths to wear for this purpose.
Necklaces of violets are thought to prevent one become inebriated.
*Check with a qualified herbalists but, Violets are used for cough suppression, to treat insomnia snd there is even research being undertaken due to the high level of very specific anti-oxidants they contain with the hope of finding use in the treatment viral conditions.
Violets prefer cool to warm climates, and wilt a bit in mid-summer heat.
In warmer areas, we recommend partial shade. They tolerate a variety of soils. Add a general purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that.
Soil should be moist, but not wet. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week. Keep them well weeded.
Remove spent blooms to promote additional blooms and extend the blooming period. This will also keep the appearance neat and beautiful.
Violet are hardy annuals. They will often survive the first frost if it is light. They will not survive a hard frost or freeze.
FLOWER OF THE DAY ~ Witch Hazel ( Hamamelis virginiana )
If you are looking to ease emotional heartache, then Witch Hazel is the flower/plant for you (remember the energy of the flower runs through the entire plant).
Very good when used in spells and in tools and amulets to protect from evil and negative energies. Can assist in divination.
If you are resonating with this Flower, you may need to break free of an energy which is holding you emotionally. Realise that it is ok to put yourself and your plans ahead of others at the moment.
bunches of love,
🌻 Cheralyn xx
So many Botanical Histories surround Lilies and most relate to the purity of the colour white, of the 'heavenly' scent and of the trumpet shape which would indicate messages from 'above'.
It is said that on seeing Christ on the Cross, the Virgin Mary cried and from where her tears fell upon the ground, Lilies grew.
This story is also told as Eve crying as she left the garden of Eden and Lilies growing from her tears upon the ground.
Lilies feature very strongly with Christian Art and are often depicted with the Virgin Mary along with Roses. This is thought to have begun with the story of Saint Thomas. He visited her tomb after her death but not believing she had amended to Heaven, opened her tomb but found only lilies and roses within.
Magickally, Lilies are said to protect against negativity, witchcraft and witches. You can protect your home from evil, negativity and ghosts by ensuring they are grown along your boundaries.
While for many, Lilies are strongly associated with Death, this has come about due to the strong perfume and the belief that the purity of Lilies with absolve sin and afford protection in the afterlife. The scent of course was advantageous in early times to cover the aroma of the deceased. This is why many highly fragranced flowers have a connection with death still for us today. Need becomes tradition.
Oh and why do some Brides carry Lilies? This goes back to a Medieval spell-breaker! To carry lilies on your Wedding day will break any Love Spell and thus ensure that you are truly marrying of your own free will.
bunches of love, 🌸 Cheralyn xx
information from my new book 'Flowerpaedia, 1000 flowers and their meanings' released by Rockpool Publishing
It feels like a 'daisy' kind of day for me today, and maybe you too!
'Day's Eye', as they were known hints at their lovely habit of closing each evening to then open and greet the day the following sunrise.
Giving them to someone is a sure way to brighten their day and to instil some playful and even nostalgic charm into an occasion.
bunches of love, 🌷 Cheralyn xx
information from my new book 'Flowerpaedia, 1000 flowers and their meanings'
Released by Rockpool Publishing available at all good book, gift, florist & garden stores now.
Such interesting flowers with a fascinating history.
If you want to explore the depths of the Language of Flowers then no study is at all complete without learning and understanding Tulips and our centuries~long enchantment with them. 'Tulip Mania' is the term most often used to describe our long obsession with them and a good lesson in watching where your desires lead you!
Originating in Iran, they were cultivated in the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) and then introduced into Europe in the 16th Century.
Not 'from' Holland at all, or Canberra either ;)
If you want to improve the passion in your life, in all aspects, there is no better flower than the tulip.
They also help declare your love for another and have it accepted and to boost times in your life when you may of lifted from your life Passion and Purpose.
bunches of love,
🌷 Cheralyn xx
information from my new book Flowerpaedia, 1000 flowers and their meanings ~ released by Rockpool Publishing 2nd April 2017
Cleansing, calming, balancing Bottlebrush is flowering everywhere at the moment in my world.
I keep walking into them, actually really! This actual beautiful flower brushed over my head on my walk on Friday so I thought I'd share my picture with you because every time I look at this one again, I feel a bit more hope and calmness. Maybe one or two of you may enjoy this Flower as well.
bunches of love,
🌻 Cheralyn xx
information from my new book Flowerpaedia, 1000 flowers and their meanings ~ released by Rockpool Publishing
Some days I would love to fall into Pink Roses. Healing, loving, filled with the promise of kindness, friendship and gentle healing.
I hope these ones connect with those who need them today.
bunches of blessings,
Hyacinth will always be helpful for those working in groups and especially those who find competitiveness challenging.
The flower can also be a warning to not be too hasty in decision making.
bunches of blessings,
🌷 Cheralyn xx