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

About this Recipe

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