Symbolic Message of Herbs:

Stormy Stewart


Like flowers speak a silent,
symbolic language So do Herbs. Flowers have become the more popular way to convey messages of love and caring. But as early as the Victorian era, herbal bouquets were exchanged to express that which words could not.

Some herbs have very specific messages, such as

Rosemary which symbolizes remembrance says, "Your presence revives me."

A considerate nosegay of Chives asks, "Why do you weep?"

Verbena's reassuring message is "You have my confidence."

Abor Vitae conveys unchanging friendship saying, "Live for me."

Mugwort bestows sentiments of happiness and travel, telling its recipient, "Be not weary."

Sage speaks of domestic virtues, long life, and good health. Its potent message is, "I will suffer all for you."

Alas, not all herbal messages are loving or even uplifting.

Borage speaks of bluntness and says, "Your intentions only embarrass me."

Lemon Balm begs, "Don't misuse me,"

the spiciness of Savory tells
it like it is, "The truth may be bitter."

Goldenrod offers a little more encouragement while sending a message of indecision, pleading,
"Allow me time to decide."


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How to Make Symbolic Message of Herbs:


  1. Balm - sympathy
  2. Basil (sweet) - good or best wishes, love or serious intentions
  3. Bergamot (Monarda, Bee Balm) - compassion, sweet virtues
  4. Betony - surprise, healing
  5. Calendula - sacred affections, joy, remembrance, grief
  6. Catnip - intoxification with love
  7. Chamomile - energy in adversity
  8. Cilantro (Coriander) - hidden worth
  9. Cowslip - pensiveness, happiness
  10. Dill - good spirits
  11. Elder -zealousness
  12. Fennel - worthy of praise or flattery
  13. Geranium - present preference
  14. Gloxinia - a proud spirit
  15. Hop - injustice
  16. Ivy - friendship, matrimony, fidelity, constancy
  17. Lavender - acknowledgment, suspicion, devotion, loyalty
  18. Mint - grief, homeliness, wisdom, eternal refreshment
  19. Marigold - despair, grief, honesty
  20. Nasturtium - optimism, splendor
  21. Pennyroyal - flee away
  22. Peppermint - cordiality
  23. Santolina - protection
  24. Sorrel - affection
  25. Southernwood - bantering jest
  26. Spearmint - warmth of sentiment
  27. Tansy (Tannacetum) - resistance, life everlasting, hostile thoughts
  28. Thyme - thriftiness, happiness, courage

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Course/Dish: Other Non-Edibles
Other Tag: Healthy

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