We humans owe nature a lot. Throughout human history, flowers have been used in many ways for our emotional and mental healing. Archeologists found a man buried in modern day Iraq about 60,000 years ago who was buried along with many flowers, including horsetail, hollyhock, and yarrow. They were admired for their beauty, of course, but they were also important symbolically and for their healing properties. We cannot know exactly how herbs were used a long long time ago, but we can build upon written history and make some inferences. Historically, herbs:
- Had relationships with the gods of the Greek and Egyptian peoples.
- Acted as decoration in burials in Egypt.
- Were used for healing in China.
Herbs had physical, emotional, and mental value to our people. In keeping with one of Ivy's Tea Co.'s founding principles, "We all want the same thing," it's dope to see that herbs were used in the ancient civilizations in China Egypt, Greece, and India - oftentimes the same herbs were used for the same ailments. Herbal knowledge is very universal in many ways.
In modern times, flowers (plants, herbs) attract many people, despite scientific advances. But, please note that today we don't use flower medicine to fight against or disparage scientific methods. Today, you see flower medicine in Ayurvedic Medicine. Ayurveda comes from two Indian words ayur which means life and veda which means knowledge/science. Ayurveda is the knowledge or science of life, it is a method for healing that includes science and religion to increase well being. We also see flower medicine in Chinese Medicine, which sees the human body and its functions as an entity that is in motion by the crucial life force called Qi. And there is also the flower medicine practice of Aromatherapy, which I'm sure most of you know about. Aromatherapy is often referred to as an alternative medicine that emphasizes the use of the fragrance of plants for healing.
Each plant has medicinal value, but let's look at Chamomile. Chamomile, also called the flower of equilibrium, is a garden herb that was once used by Greeks and Egyptians. It has a very distinct fragrance and is a great nervine relaxant that works well for anxiety and nervousness, especially in hyperactive and very sensitive people who are tense.